How to make a mini studio for under $5

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Necessity is the mother of invention.

-English proverb

Late last year, I launched my Etsy store–and there is a lot to learn. It isn’t just about putting up products, you have to take pictures. And good ones.

I am working with my Samsung S8’s camera. Now, it takes good photos, but I needed to learn about lighting and composition. I’m still learning, but I realized that I needed a mini studio in order to light and capture my pieces properly.

No one’s buying if your products don’t look good. Point blank, period.

I went searching online and I saw a couple of mini studios or lightboxes. They ranged in price from $20 all the way up to well over $100 and they were of different qualities.

So, this week, while I pondered buying one, I was in the dollar store and I saw a tri-fold display board with a white interior for $1.25. Bells went off–why not try to construct a mini-studio? I bought some white bristol board (2 for $1) and came home to try it out.

The interior tri-fold board was white, but it had a strange striation, I guess from cardboard it’s made from. So, I taped my stark white bristol board up with green painters tape–it doesn’t have much tack, so when I removed it, nothing ripped. I propped a white canvas ($1.25) up with some small boxes to the height that worked for me.

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I needed to light the studio, so I pulled out a trusty lamp that I bought from IKEA donkey years ago and lit the whole shebang up.

And voila!

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Of course, I’ll have to do some editing and playing with levels, but I’m starting off so much better. I may get another lamp to light the opposite side, but I must say that I’m impressed with my quick, cheap studio.

So, my emerging Etsy counterparts, don’t spend a mint–until you have to. Head over to the local dollar store and hook yourself up!

Now to update the store.

 

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