4 Tips for DIY Photography Backdrop Ideas on a Budget
Backdrops for photos don’t have to be expensive or done with fancy equipment. Amy Locurto, author of Living Locurto and Co-Founder of I Heart Faces, provides tips for creating your own backdrop with items around your home.
When I posted this photo of my daughter for the laughter challenge, I got a lot of questions about the pink background. Was I in a studio? Where did I find that pink backdrop?
Can you guess how I did it?
Here is my secret!
The hardest part was keeping her on the right side of the blanket. It’s way more fun to play behind it:-)
There are lots of ways you can create your own in-home studio backdrop on a budget.
1. Find a location with good natural light.
- Face your backdrop towards the light source.
- I moved the crib near a window and made sure to open the shutters wide.
2. Be creative.
3. Find an easy solution for hanging your backdrop.
For small children:
Hang your backdrop over a crib, back of couch, table, chairs or kitchen counter.
Hang your backdrop from a wall, stair rails, top of refrigerator or book shelf. Let it drape on the floor if you want a full body shot. You can hold the bottom in place with tape, bricks or something heavy you have around the house.
4. Use tools.
Use tacks or self adhesive hooks to hang backdrops from walls. Safety pins and spring clamps are also great to have on hand to hold backdrops in place. Gaffer tape is a good type of tape to use for backdrops. It’s easy to tear and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
Be creative and have fun! My daughter and I had a blast at our photo shoot in her room:-)
Amy Locurto, Co-Founder of I Heart Faces, is a mom of two, Photoshop/Mac addicted graphic designer who provides free printables, recipes and creative DIY ideas on Living Locurto. She sometimes she even gets a little sleep!