As long as you can find a good light source (aka the sun) then you can pretty much shoot anywhere! Living in Oregon you learn to become an indoor natural light photographer quickly, especially during the cold months. Since I moved out of my photo studio, although I can rent time there, the access isn't as easy as just driving down there since I now need to make sure its available from the other photographers. So I usually use my house or neighborhood for any photo backdrops I may need. The area next to my back door is perfectly lit since the sun never directly shines right onto it and the white walls create a perfect bounce of clean light.
I'm going to show you a simple way to make a backdrop in your home for models, products, family pics, self-portraits.. really anything. I used music note pages from an old book that I got at Goodwill for 25cents and your options on this project are endless as you can use printed fabric, scrap book paper, old book pages, fabric tassels.. see, really anything!
So this is the back corner of my kitchen that leads to my backyard/garage through the left door and my basment through the right door. With that door to the left open its shines so bright and I knew I wanted to tone it down just a bit, so the dull cream color of the book pages was perfect for that. (please excuse the random dog leash pot holder collection we have going on.. keepin' it real!)
I took the pages out of the book and just started taping them to the basement door, figuring out how far down I would need to go to make sure when I took the photographs of my models I wouldnt see any white behind them. See the little orange helicopter sticker on our door? Thats my husbands' companies logo, we have those damn things everywhere.. cars, doors, suitcases.. you name it!
So you can see once I was finished I really didn't have to cover much of an area because the door will be open I will stand outside of the door on my back patio and have the model stand directly in front of the backdrop.. I also did some product shots and just placed the items on a tall table and shot those in front of the backdrop too. You do not have to be a professional photographer with fancy equipment and money spent on backdrops or locations to get the picture you desire. Sure I'm a photographer and I shoot in manual, but if you have good light coming in your camera will do just fine on auto. Have fun with this!
A wall or area next to direct light coming in
Backdrop materials (paper, fabric, etc)
Little Job, Huge Impact
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