When I first starting blogging my little heart out, my photos were extra awful. Through the years, though, I managed to teach myself the basics of photography purely with practice. When you’re learning, you see all of the fancy equipment professionals use and it might make you feel like you need it to succeed. You don’t. There’s no need to spend $200 on a ring light when you can make one yourself, or $100 on a backdrop stand when you can make your own!
I’ve rounded up my favorite DIY photography gear tutorials from around the web, for my beginner photographers and bloggers out there. Let’s get cookin’!
Ring lights are fantastic for pictures of makeup; I have this one from amazon that’s great for close-ups of products. For photos of my makeup, though, I had to get crafty. Here are some good ones:
- Ring Light Under $25 (Using wreath frame + Rope Lights)
- A Very Legit Looking DIY Ring Light
- Huge 4-ft DIY Ring Light
- Another Huge Ring Light with Two Rows
- Awesome PVC Ring Light
Back in the day I had to improvise and take photos near a window or outdoors. Then I received this studio lighting set as a gift, and my world changed! While it is inexpensive, there are much better DIY photography gear options out there. I’m planning on crafting a few of these for my personal studio lighting arsenal:
- Fluorescent Tube Studio Lighting
- Soft Panel Frame Diffuser Made With PVC That Swivels
- Cheap DIY Reflector Stand
- DIY $30 Softbox
- DIY $5 Softbox
- Versatile PVC Light Stand
- DIY Spiderlite Softbox
- DIY Diffuser
- How To Fake A Scrim
- DIY Softbox & Light Stand Using Styrofoam Cooler
I still have and use my DIY PVC light box I made a few years ago! All you need is some PVC pipe, a few connectors, rip-stop nylon and cheap lights from the hardware store and you’re golden. If you’re not into PVC, there are a few other options as well:
A backdrop stand is something I am starting to need. Some go all out with their backdrop stands, but I want something simple. There are a few options with these as well:
If the DIY life isn’t for you, it still doesn’t need to be terribly expensive:
Nothing beats that proud feeling after you complete a do-it-yourself project. Except maybe the extra jingle in your pocket for tacos! 😉 If you have an equipment or lighting tutorial you’d like me to add to the list, drop it in the comments! As bloggers, we can never have too many resources.