4 Tips for DIY Photography Backdrop Ideas on a Budget

May 21, 2009

in Amy Locurto, DIY Photography Backdrops, DIY Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

DIY Photography Backdrop Idea - via iHeartFaces.com

Backdrops for photography sessions don’t have to be expensive or done with fancy equipment. Amy Locurto, from 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 I Heart Faces Laughter Photo Challenge, I got a lot of questions about the pink backdrop.

DIY Photography Backdrop Idea - via iHeartFaces.com

Was I in a photography studio? Where did I find that pink backdrop?

Can you guess how I did it?
DIY Photography Backdrop Idea - via iHeartFaces.com

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:-)

DIY Photography Backdrop Idea - via iHeartFaces.com

There are many ways you can create your own DIY 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 DIY backdrop.

  • For small children: Hang your backdrop over a crib, back of couch, table, chairs or kitchen counter.
  • For adults: 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!

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Beth April 3, 2014

ooo! Great tips. I know I am going to be employing a few of these in my lifestyle/in home sessions! I have also used wrapping paper in a bind!

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ashley dellinger February 14, 2013

Thats a great example of an easy to make backdrop that everyone can do.

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Amy Locurto October 11, 2011

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Amy Locurto September 7, 2011

RT @iHeartFaces: 4 Do-It Yourself Backdrop Ideas on a Budget http://t.co/JWiWVEr #photography

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Maggie Whitley September 6, 2011

4 Do-It Yourself Backdrop Ideas on a Budget http://t.co/BaSAJam #photography

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Colleen March 25, 2011

How about an inexpensive fabric shower curtain and a tension rod for a doorway.

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Ashley February 12, 2011

Good idea! and it works! I sell hats and stuff and for small items I found out that a piece of poster board works great and it only cost 40 cents!

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Amy Locurto December 13, 2010

See what I do a lot here–> DIY background ideas on a budget: http://bit.ly/g2jMlT #crafterminds

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Amy Locurto July 24, 2010

RT @HipMamaB: Great tip! RT @livinglocurto: 4 Do-It Yourself Photo Backdrop Ideas on a Budget @iheartfaces http://su.pr/2h6ssn

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Beth Avant July 23, 2010

Great tip! RT @livinglocurto: 4 Do-It Yourself Photo Backdrop Ideas on a Budget @iheartfaces http://su.pr/2h6ssn

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Amy Locurto July 23, 2010

4 Do-It Yourself Photo Backdrop Ideas on a Budget @iheartfaces http://su.pr/2h6ssn

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