Build a Photography Studio in Your Workspace for Under $200!

Some barnwood, a few clamp lights, inexpensive laminate flooring and voila!

Some barnwood, a few clamp lights, inexpensive laminate flooring and voila!

Before we built our photo booth.

Before we built our photo booth.

We took this picture prior to installing the floor, hence ugly ass carpet.

We took this picture prior to installing the floor, hence ugly ass carpet.

Still not perfect, but waaay better than what we've been doing.  A photographer friend suggested adding a couple of floor lights to eliminate the shadows under the chair.

Still not perfect, but waaay better than what we've been doing.  A photographer friend suggested adding a couple of floor lights to eliminate the shadows under the chair.

You have no idea how long Laura has been trying to get me to do this very project.  I don't really remember either, but it's been a while.  There's always work to do that actually keeps the lights on and this didn't seem to be important enough.  But you know what is super important?  Attracting customers to your business with beautifully executed pictures of your work.  Product photography is a such a big deal because everyone lives inside of a screen.  Be it your phone, computer, tablet... whatever, folks are spending larger and larger amounts of time glued to an electronic device and we have to lure them in with our tasty photos of beautiful things.

In our shop, we tend to do a lot of custom upholstery work and so the pictures that we would take would be cluttered and messy.  We needed a space of isolation and calm away from the storm of tearing down and putting back together furniture, wayward tools, and ugly ass carpet.  We are leasing our building and it has some terrible looking carpet, but it ain't ours to fix so we found a solution in laying down some floating laminate flooring on top of the ugly carpet.

Here's a list of what we had to gather for our new photo studio (notice, the following contains affiliate links that will earn me a small commission if you use them to purchase items):

  • 3 boxes of laminate flooring: $120 (about 60 square feet worth). We bought ours locally at a flooring discount store.  Light colors will reflect more light and provide contrast to most colors so that your subject will pop.
  • 3 clamp lights and led bulbs: $30 - $50We ended up using 5 lights, but we had two already).  We found that LED soft white bulbs produced a soft illumination that wasn't too harsh.
  • Wood and tin: free (we scrounged it locally)

The total size of the photo studio is a little less than 60 square feet, which is how much flooring we purchased.  You can adjust up or down as needed, but this was about the minimum size that would accommodate a large sofa like the one in the photo below.

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