|Fujifilm X-E1 on weathered boards.|
You want to photograph some products for yourself or a client, but you don't have a studio. Maybe you don't have the money or available space for a studio. Perhaps you don't even know where to begin. What can you do?
A do-it-yourself homemade studio for product photography is actually much simpler and cheaper than you may have realized. It doesn't take any special skills to make. Mine cost less than $5.
Here's what it looks like:
|My Homemade Studio|
The two wood boards are not actually wood boards. They are ceramic floor tiles from Home Depot. They look like weathered wood, but they're not. There are a bunch of different verities (color, shape, size, style, etc.) to choose from, and I recommend picking two different ones that go good together. I chose a slightly darker and more brown tile for the base and a slightly lighter more white tile for the back. I used a screw box and a nail box to keep the back tile from falling--use whatever is handy.
You don't have to choose wood-looking tiles if that's not what you want. There are stone-looking tiles that might work well. Simple glossy white or black can look good, too. Ceramic tiles are pretty cheap, so you can experiment without breaking the bank.
The lighting is simple: shade. I set up the tiles on the back patio where the awning provided plenty of shade. There are some shadows, but they're extraordinarily minor. It's nearly perfect even lighting. And you don't have to worry about the color cast of artificial light.
Here are some more examples:
|Film Rangefinder & Digital Rangefinder|
|Ilford SFX 200|