Do It Yourself Photography Lighting

Here is a way to get more light for your photos without spending much money. I bought all of these items in Wallmart which was really cool because I bought everything I needed in one store and it wasn’t that expensive.

 

First, I went to the Auto Department in Wallmart and bought two utility lights with clamps.  These can be clamped to an object like a chair.

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I also bought a reflective auto shade in the same Auto Department in Wallmart.  You can use this to direct the lighting on to areas with shadows to make it brighter.

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Get some 100 watt bright white light bulbs with “full spectrum” or “daylight”.  Put the light bulbs in the utility lamps.

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Buy some parchment paper.

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Attach parchment paper to utility light.  I just used scotch tape to tape the paper on.

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Parchment paper is on light. Clip light on to something stable like a chair.

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Direct light on to backdrop.  I just used my curtain as a backdrop here. But one idea I have seen for a backdrop is using a wrinkle free king size sheet and hang it from a curtain rod that is already in place.

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Both lights directed at backdrop.

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This was for my 10 Week pregnancy photo.  Here I am adjusting my dress in front of the backdrop.

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10 Week Pregnancy Photo.

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10 Weeks Pregnant Photo with additional lighting added.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this, it’s exactly what I was looking for. Didn’t you find that the paper got too hot from the lights, though?

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