My £23 DIY Home Studio

Now that my Epson 1500W A3 printer has arrived to produce greeting cards and prints I decided it would be a good idea to set up a small home studio to take product images of cards to use in my online shop. I went out and purchased the following:

  • 2 Lamps £ 4 each
  • 2 Lightbulbs £2.49 each
  • 2 Frames £1 each
  • Black and White bedsheets £ 3.99 each

Materials I had laying around 

  • Duck Tape
  • White fabric (T shirt)

The frames were to make diffusers to sit in front of the desk lamps to make the light even, I didn't even want the glass or backing being at a £1 each they are tacky and horrible but useful for what I was using them for.

I used an old white t shirt to cover the frames in order to create a more even light produced from the lamps. Using wooden skewers and duck tape I managed to make crude stands to support the frames.

Using a picnic table and tall MDF wood I created a backdrop using the black bedsheet which worked quite well and the result was quite good, once I got the whole thing set up it took little time to photograph 30 cards plus groups to sell as a package. There are tons of different DIY setups online all using the same principles which is a must when taking images of items to sell online and will work well even when using a smartphone.

Using an MDF backing board was essential as the thickness of the fabric was very thin and any light coming from the back will show up.

Online Shop Update

Been wanting to setup an online shop to have somewhere I can offer my images for sale for quite awhile.

My virtual market stall

Like with any activity or skill it takes time and practice to become good at something, there is a quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" which sticks with me. Now I have enough images that are worth selling or perhaps images that  I am proud of, it's a completely different story if any sell.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been ordering prints and packaging to see what works and put into place a good product that I can offer. A business bank account is now setup and I hope to launch next Friday on the 22nd March. 

Currently I still need to finalise my pricing scheme and finish up the branding. Visit very soon to see for yourself.