Create Your Own Photography Studio on a Budget

Creating your own photography studio doesn't have to be as expensive as you might think. For around five dollars, you could make your own studio setup to take some amazing portraits in the comfort of your home.

To put it to the test, Photographer Jessica Kobeissi purchased a few supplies in order to create her budget studio setup in her room. Getting creative, Kobeissi uses a sponge and paint to change up her backdrop and give it a different look. You can purchased additional color backdrops and paint. Of course, you will go beyond the initial budget, but not by too much more. Once she’s done getting dirty with the creative portion of the project and waits for the newly painted backdrops to dry, they are hung in a corner with the additional supplies.

For a few bucks, you can create your own custom backdrops. You may opt to purchase better backdrop material that will last longer if you don’t mind spending a bit more. What about lights? Even though Kobeissi is using strobes, which make the budget for this setup go up, if your room has a giant window or glass door, you can use that to your advantage. Add a few reflectors and you are set. If you don’t own any reflectors, you can find some fairly inexpensively or even build your own with some other household materials.  

Share your own budget backdrop ideas and photos with it in the comments below.

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3 Comments

No. Just...no...

Garth VG's picture

“…A couple of problems…” “…your just not emotionally, physically, mentally, prepared for everything that comes with a studio setup…” Then you shouldn’t be in business, especially in the creative field.

Phil Bautista's picture

This DIY looks like it was targeted at hobbyists and enthusiasts. Nothing in the video suggests this was meant to be a professional solution. Whatever gave you that idea?