Renting out a space for a photo studio can be costly and is the main reason that many photographers choose to set up their own studio inside their home. But just because your studio is in your home doesn’t mean you can skimp on good photography gear. However, good photographer gear doesn’t have to be expensive either. In this tutorial, photographer Tiffany Angeles shows how to make a simple background/reflector out of supplies you can buy at your local hardware store:
The polystyrene Tiffany uses is a great material for doubling as both a background(once painted) and a reflector, and the total cost comes to about $30. A similar sized professional reflector could cost you hundreds! Since it’s a rigid board, you also have the versatility of changing the background by either painting it a different color or draping some kind of cloth material over it for a textured look.
The only real downside here is the size. Tiffany recommends an 8’x4′ piece of polystyrene which is perfect for most portrait shots, but may not fit in your house or apartment. Moving it around would be no easy task either. But this is simply a recommended size. You could easily cut the board down to a size that’s more appropriate for you and your needs.
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