When I showed you my revamped shed last week, I mentioned that I designed it with photography in mind. While I do most of my product shots in my home or on the back porch, I often find that my clean, open spaces and cute vignettes around the hosue have been covered in coloring books, bread crumbs and dirty laundry. (It happens.) When I decided to make the shed a girly house, I did it with an overall concern for providing spaces for taking photographs. No one goes in this shed, save myself, so everything stays as is when I need it for a photoshoot.
1. The first thing I decided on? WHITE. I have wanted a white on white on white room for a long time, and I love white backgrounds for photos AND I had 1/2 a gallon of white paint in the basement. It was an easy decision. I painted as many surfaces as I could with the paint, and made sure the window wall and potting bench were first priority. The long, flat, white surface of the potting bench near the window is ideal for product shots.
2. After giving everything a coat of white, I moved on to creating little vignettes all around the space. Using prints ripped out of a coffee table book and various (pink!) accessories, each little "cubby" in the shed is it's own little backdrop.
3. Speaking of light, it was a major consideration before deciding to revamp the shed. There is one window in the shed, but that one window provides a shocking amount of light. I built the entire room around that one window, considering the way the light fell at different times of the day. whiel I sometimes use a flash for traditional product lighting, I much prefer to capture natural shadows of the rising or falling light in my photos. This window provides the perfect source of light adn the little pom pom curtains (thrift store!) are the perfect filter.
1. Color -- Do you want a standard white background or do you want a red cast on everything?
2. Background -- Leave some backgrounds solid, but change up wall sections for different looks.
3. Light -- Make sure you have a steady light source, that provides good light at the time of day you normally shoot, or create a full lighting setup.
4. Accessories -- Be consistent with the accessories that you choose, and try to stay away from anything gimmicky.
There you go - a mini photostudio! ...and FREE is as cheap as it gets! ;)