Let me take you behind the scenes for a few minutes at a glamorous real life blog photo shoot.
I am a new blogger and I have a budget of practically nothing. I also have two small daughters, so the only time I can blog is late at night after they go to bed. Nighttime isn’t the best for taking quality blog photos, especially of food, but I that’s what I have to do if I want to be a blogger at this stage of my life.
I researched light boxes online and although I found some that were relativly inexpensive – they just weren’t in the budget.
So the cheapest alternative was a DIY project. I searched YouTube for DIY light boxes and learned how to make my own from a cardboard box, white tissue paper and white poster board.
Here is the video I used to learn how to make this light box.
I borrowed some lights from my husband’s garage and set up my “studio” in our living room.
I did splurge on some natural white light bulbs at our local home improvement store. Good lighting really is the key here and regular light bulbs just give off a yellow tinge to everything.
I also have a nice camera. When our first daughter was born a few years ago, we thought we would take a lot of pictures of her. And we do take a lot of pictures of her – just not with the camera. Getting a nice camera out when you have a baby or a toddler is just about the last thing on my list. Luckily iPhone cameras are very good these days.
As my blog grows, getting a more professional set up is definitely on my To-Do list. But until I am consistently making money, I have to work with what I have and make do.
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