I had a lot of fun taking photos for The Right Way to Travel e-letter last week. We were preparing photo “Play Stations” for next month’s 3-Day Photo Workshop for Beginners, in D.C.
The photos are meant to look like they were taken in a studio. But in reality, they were all taken using nothing but a sheet of white poster board, some strong tape, and good old sunlight — a lot like this set-up on my back deck:
And here’s the photo I got from this set-up which was accepted for sale at Fotolia…
As you can see, it’s not a fancy studio. But it certainly works well.
Here are two more shots I took today in my “poster board, natural-light” studio:
I love this method! It’s so simple. And it’s fun, too. No lights to worry about. No heavy equipment.
The entire set-up cost me about 98 cents (of course, the price of poster board differs from drugstore to drugstore).
So this weekend, I challenge you to do the same. Breakfast Stock Club Premium Members will get step-by-step instructions on how to do this as part of their membership next week.
But if you’re not a Premium member, head out with a piece of white poster board, some tape and an object from your kitchen to practice. With a little trial and error, you can get stock quality stock shots literally in your backyard.
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