Everyone loves Ikea. Don't try to fight it; you know you do! They have everything you could possibly need for your home and also those Swedish Meatballs. But have you ever thought of all the things you can buy to create DIY softboxes and beauty dishes? Check out this video for six tips to help save money (and give you a valid excuse to shop at Ikea).
1.) Schottis - A paper pleated shade you can turn into a softbox: $2.99
2.) Glasholm - A black glass tabletop perfect for shooting products: $34.99
3.) Snudda - A Lazy Susan to add movement for shooting video: $7.99
4.) Blanda Blank - A metal mixing bowl you can turn into a beauty dish: $2.99
5.) Tupplur - A blackout curtain perfect for a portrait session: $19.99
6.) Drona - A collapsible storage box to be used as a laptop hood on the go: $5.99
I'm all about saving money when it comes to photo gear. Most of the items they used in the video can also be found at thrift stores, or maybe you already have a few laying around the house. The Beauty Dish requires a little more work and may not be the easiest to recreate, but then again, you probably won't care too much if you bang up a three-dollar bowl. I was most impressed with the beautiful light from the Schottis as a softbox. Compared to brands like Profoto or Westcott, a $2.99 "softbox" from Ikea is hard to beat! What hack are you going to try?