In these lean times, many photographers are exploring alternative methods of getting great pictures on a budget, and it just so happens that here at Digital Camera World we have a number of great DIY photography hacks and cool camera tips up our sleeve.
At least one good-quality portrait taken with available light should feature in your portfolio, and here’s an easy way to ensure brilliant results.
Portraits taken by a window can look amazing, and if they’re taken in the comfort of your own home, they also present a great opportunity for you to experiment with light.
Finding a bright window isn’t normally an issue, but it can be a pain getting rid of clutter, curtains, and so on. There is a solution: put up a simple background sheet next to your brightest window. It’s easy and cheap!
01 Cane it
Using strong gardening wire, bind two garden canes together together to make one stronger cane to about the height of your room, and repeat using two more.
02 Build an ‘A’ frame
For one side of the support, take the two bound canes and use a straighter and thicker cane as the material support to create an ‘A’ shape.
03 Level with me
Rest the other end of the backdrop on a curtain rail secured with a plastic clamp. Make adjustments at the end to get the top cane as level as possible.
04 I am Iron Man…
Get a decent-sized bedsheet – black or white work best – and be sure to iron out as many creases as possible. Large, angular creases will reveal unsightly shadows.
05 Hang out…
Use plastic clamps to hang the sheet from the top cane. Space them equally along the top to avoid too much sagging in the material and adjust them as necessary.
06 Then shoot
Remember to meter from the bright parts of the face. Shooting closer to the window light will render the background completely black and detail-free.
If you don’t have a curtain rail above your window to support your backdrop, just build another ‘A’ frame and use this as a standalone support instead.
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