My DIY, Most Basic Photography Setup at Home
I was at a gift shop the other day when I recalled promising my readers some behind-the-scenes photography post some time back. I picked up a few items and decided to share with you how I took the pictures.
First, I went through the rooms to check and compare the light coming in through the windows. The best spot I found (at noon) was the corner-most window in the living room, where sunlight was being reflected off the newly-constructed glass building just across the street. I pulled a coffee table and positioned it across the window. Then we have this small wooden cabinet at home; the hinges of one of its doors broke a long time ago. I pulled that door out and made it my background (it sometimes pays to keep some things broken around the house).
See? It’s the most basic setup ever, but it gives you the opportunity to shoot indoors using natural light sans the unflattering flash. Plus the lighter background bounces off a bit of the light reflecting on it.
I shot the pictures on aperture-priority mode so that I could control the depth of field (while the camera adjusted the shutter speed automatically). I turned down the exposure compensation just a little (because the light coming in was still too bright), and white balance was set to auto.
So there you go, I’ve shown you guys how things look behind the scenes. Perhaps someday I’ll also show you my food photography setup.
PS: I replaced the door once I was finished with my photo shoot.