Thursday, April 18, 2013

Studio photography tips {make your own photo-booth}

So I hope you guys love today's photography tip. It's one of my favorite little blog secrets. I often times laugh at myself because people would think I was crazy if they could see the big picture and knew what my photos looked like before cropping and editing. It's like a fashion model who is standing on a box, with a lot of make up on and her dress is clipped in the back to fit...all to look simple, polished and beautiful in the final product. Camera tricks can be quite is how I get my "studio" shots (this is great for anyone who photographs DIY's or items for Etsy). 

The most important thing to remember is to use natural light, it's your friend. However, don't set up your "photo-booth" in the direct light or it will wash your photo out. I tend to work in my bedroom because the lighting is perfect and I set up my shots on the floor. This may not work for everyone. You have to find your own room that has the best light and if you should set up on the floor, a flat surface etc. All of that can be figured out by just playing around with your camera. For this demo I also used two small pieces of regular white poster board. Yet again, it works for me and is easy to store and cart around but feel free to experiment with other backdrops as well. This just helps me to get that crisp white background when all is said and done.

Here is how the photo looks from start to finish as well as the steps.
*Both the clarify action and punch out action are basic actions in Photoshop CS5. 
So here is another example of the "during" which is far from pretty.

And the after which looks simple, polished, and beautiful...just like the fashion model.

So what do you guys think? Does this help any of you out there? If so...I'll keep the tips coming each week. By the way, what do you guys think about my recent Texas trip bracelet purchases? Can we say I am blinged out? I'm kind of loving them.

See you lovelies tomorrow.


  1. Love this post! Keep them coming! :)

  2. Thank you so much, Courtney! I think I like learning people's Photoshop processes the most. I've been having a hard time figuring out the "look" I want.

    Also, any tips on angles for shooting people (with a camera, not a gun!) would be superb.

  3. ooooooh! i love this! so perfect to keep in mind!

  4. Nice! Are those basic actions which you made? Or did you purchase them? Great post!

  5. I am still working with CS3 so the newer actions aren't available to me. However I am able to achieve similar results by adjusting levels and balancing the white. I have a home made light box I created with foarm board and vellum paper. It's great for small pics like those bangles and my jewelry. Keep 'em coming!

  6. Thanks guys! I am so glad you guys are loving this series! Yes, Christine those are basic actions ;.)

  7. Shoot, I'm jealous! My Photoshop CS5 didn't come with those.

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