DIY indoor photography studio using natural light
It’s easy to be creative when you’re relaxed and having fun. That’s how participants at our Photo Summer Camp have been snagging so many great shots… And it’s how I got this shot: Bonnie here, reporting from Day Three of Summer Photo Camp. Yesterday I sent you a video tip showing how fun and easy it is to get perfect photo light outdoors using nothing but a piece of white foam core board. If you missed it, you can catch it here. If you thought creating good light outside looked easy… it’s even easier indoors, next to a window. My setup is extremely simple. Step into my DIY indoor photography studio: It’s just a flat surface next to a window with even, indirect light and a camera on a tripod. TIP: When you’re using window light, always turn off the overhead light to avoid weird colors showing up in your photo. To make the magic happen, I use white and black foam core to block or add light. For example, here’s a quick snapshot of some pears on the tabletop, next to the window: The light is nice, but the photo is kind of boring. So I blocked some light behind them using a piece of black foam core: That’s better… but what more can we do? Here, I decided to add some dimension to the image using a piece of white foam core to reflect the window light back onto the pears: Here’s what the progression looks like from beginning to end: And here’s my final shot from the day: It’s especially easy to play with light indoors, since the wind isn’t blowing and the light isn’t changing much. Give it a try this afternoon and see what you get!