Ok in spite of the fact that I was rambling on yesterday about not becoming an ‘educational blogger’, I am here today to show you a photography tip. But rest assured it is tried and tested and used by yours truly all the time.
Taking photographs inside is challenging, and with shorter days fast approaching the window for taking good indoor photographs is fast becoming smaller. So let me show you the equipment I invested in to make myself a portable photo studio.
Pretty impressive huh.
Didn’t quite get what that was? I don’t blame you. Here is a wide shot.
I bought myself a pack of 6 inexpensive white Styrofoam boards at the building supply store. They come for the insulation section.
By setting up these white boards I can reflect the light coming in from the window, and prevent harsh shadows. It really works.
This taken in my craft room. My craft room has south facing windows and usually has great light for taking photographs, but there is only light coming in from one side which always gives me big shadows.
My foam boards come to the rescue and reflect the light back on what I want to photograph.
Look at this first shot Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) so no editing is done to the photo, (never mind the rather dull subject matter this was just for demonstration purposes).
See there is a pretty big shadow to the left. Now look at this picture taking 20 seconds later (the time it took me to put the boards up).
That shadow is still there but not nearly as deep.
You can see the difference even better with the pictures I took from my summer mantel. This is the SOOC one before I remembered setting up the boards:
And here is the exact same SOOC photograph with the boards:
Can you see how much whiter the white is in this picture, far less muted and grey and the shadow on the left is far less deep.
Here is how this ‘photo studio’ looked like.
I just leaned two boards against the hutch and rested the third one on a chair. To prevent it from slipping off I used a pillow.
Using these white foam boards doesn’t only help to lessen shadows in your picture it gives a nice easy white background for product shots too.
Like here, again in my craft room.
Oh and they hide a multitude of sins. Because they are pretty good at hiding clutter behind them.
See here the evidence:
So from here
in seconds with the help of the foam boards
and with some post-processing you got this yesterday
But that is a subject for another post.
So my advice to you. Before the dark days of Fall and winter arrive, get yourself some foam boards and improve your photographs instantly. After all we home décor and craft girls have to have our pictures with each post, even in Fall and winter.