As a blogger I know the importance of having high quality photos for my articles. Since I write so many articles I needed a spot in my home that was assigned just for my photo taking needs. I came up with an idea that works great! I partitioned out a room using bookshelves and made myself a photo shoot nook complete with a pull down backdrop using a shade. All the details are below.
Everyones photo area will be different but below are the things I used for mine.
- Table. I used an old wood kitchen table that was 30″ x 47″. It’s a perfect size.
- Good quality roller shade. I tried a cheap one and it was a waste of money as it was far to thin and got ruined easily. I finally ordered one online from from a blind store and paid a fortune but you can also find them on Amazon and other places: Room Darkening Roller Shade. I also chose the roller mechanism rather than the spring type blind. It’s a perfect quality for your photo shoot area!
- Various material for other backdrops. I purchased 1 1/3 yards of 4 basic colors for the times I don’t want a white background.
- Spring tension rod. Because of how my nook was set up I use a tension rod to hold other fabrics in place if I need a different color background.
- Clothespins to hold my fabric to the rod.
- Photo lights. Lighting makes a HUGE difference in photo quality. I purchased this set of three. They were reasonably priced and have worked great for me.
- Camera. I purchased a Canon Rebel T3 and I LOVE it! iPhone camera’s actually take pretty good pictures too!
My photo area is in my library room. I used bookshelves to create a nook that is hidden behind them.
This is how my small room is laid out.
Whether you mount your blind on a wall or on the back of bookcases as I did it’s a good idea to measure a 1″x4″ piece of wood to mount it too. Roy measured the wood to fit for my situation. He painted the wood white then attached it to the back of the bookcases. Then he attached the blind mounts on each end to hang the blind. Extra Backdrops: I use the white shade 99% of the time as it gives a nice clean look. However, sometimes I have an item that is clear or white and it needs to have a darker background in order to show up well. For these few cases I purchased 1 1/3 yard of several fabrics I found on clearance for $1.00 a yard. I hemmed around each each folding it over and using a zig zag stitch. I then clip on one small binder clip to the corner of each one. This clip stays there at all times and lets you easily hang the fabric on tiny hooks or nails. This is how I keep my fabric from getting wrinkles.
Because of how my space is set up I use a tension rod for draping my fabrics over when I need a different color background. I hold them in place with clothespins.
This set up makes it very quick to use a fabric background when needed.
To decorate I just used what I had for now. This included a photo from the 70’s of me in my dad’s darkroom and also a framed image that my daughter Amy created and sells in her online store. It says “I’d Love To Shoot You With My Canon”. (Amy’s RB store.) Then I tossed on some other items and a basket to hold some of my camera accessories.
The large photos you see are of our family dressed as pirates for a party we went too.
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