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  • Writer's pictureAlice Fujii

DIY Photo Studio

I started out with a photo booth I bought at Amazon. It was 24" square with white, blue, red and black backgrounds. It worked for most situations, but to be honest, the solid backgrounds always made me feel like they weren't very professional looking. I could never get the lighting correct, so I just left all the windows open and let the sunlight filter through the sides. It worked okay, but I still didn't feel like I was getting the kind of photos I wanted. So, I finally got off my tush and bought a graduated background. It's PVC, so hopefully it will be durable. I'm a slob and pretty rough with things.

It didn't fit in the current step up I had, so I looked on the all-knowing Pinterest and found I could make a nice box out of PVC. I can do PVC. I have installed and fixed sprinklers all the time in our yard. I had read some where that a white cloth shower curtain is perfect to diffuse lights. I was too lazy to go to all the dollar stores, so I went to Amazon and got mine for $7. I probably over paid, but I'm lazy about some things. The lights came from my original kit I got from Amazon, but I broke a bulb so had to search online for a new one. That was a pain, but turned out to be a good thing. In order to match the lights I had, I was looking for a halogen 5000K 50W bulb. (5000K is the color the light, which is basically natural sunlight. All I could find was LED. So glad I did because they don't get hot like the halogens one. I ended up buying a pack of 6 because I figured I'd need extra eventually. Also a good thing because I ended up changing all of them to LED. I had trouble with hot spots, but after asking some for advice on "Clay Buddies," a page on Facebook, a suggestion was to put the lights back a few feet and add one top. That did the trick. One of my lights is hiding in the armoire to the right. May I present, my photo booth! Last picture is the result of all this.

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