If you're a photographer, a blogger, a small business owner of an online store, or you simply want to take gorgeous pictures, then this might be the perfect DIY project for you to take on. Ever wonder how those beautiful product shots all over Instagram and Pinterest were taken? Did you know that most of them weren't even shot in a professional studio? Yup, most of them were styled and captured at home using either a camera or smartphone. There are products readily available in the market that you can purchase to have your own photo studio, but those can cost you from Php300 up to Php4,500 depending on the size and brand, not really budget-friendly so to speak. Now, let's say you have the time to kill and the ability to make one yourself, wouldn't you do it?

So our website's official photographer, Ms. Rodevie, took on the task and made one from scratch, using a cardboard box and some elbow grease. Here's how she did it.

  • Cardboard Box - large, medium or small, square or rectangle, it's up to you. You can get it for free by saving boxes from deliveries or in our case, from the office. They were going to throw it out anyway.
  • Parchment Paper - bought from National Book Store
  • Black/White Cartolina - bought from National Book Store
  • Tape
  • Box Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Take your ruler and measure 2 inches from the side of the box to the center, mark off multiple points with your pencil and connect them to make a square or rectangle. It depends on the shape of your box. Do this to the top and 2 sides (left and right) of the box, leave the back and bottom alone.

Now cut out all of the boxes you've drawn. These 3 sides of the box will be where lights (LED desk lamps or natural light) will be shining through. Be careful when using a box cutter, it's very sharp.

After cutting out the holes, cover them each fully with parchment paper (this will diffuse the light) and secure using tape.

Now take your cartolina (this will serve as your backdrop) and cut it so the width is the same as the inside of the box and the length is much longer than the box. Place it into the box by sticking it from the top of the back of the box with double sided tape or any other adhesive and let it curve to the bottom. Avoid creasing or folding it as it will show up in your photo. Cut off any excess cartolina that is sticking out of the box. And you're done!

The parchment paper sheets and cartolina cost Php35, the box was free and the rest of the tools & supplies used for this project was easily found around the house. How's that for making your own portable photography studio on a shoe-string budget? Now you can take nice clean and crisp Instagram-worthy product shots.

Why spend money when you know you can do it yourself and get the same result, right? Try it out yourself! I'm sure it'll stretch your peso!


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Article published on February 13, 2018

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