DIY Photography Set-up
by Kylie Jones
I made this earring photo setup out of a scrap piece of foam core board, some cotton thread and clothes pegs. It works with natural light or any type of lighting. It is easy to bring out and pack away and you can change the background color.
Instructions
The scrap piece I had was 70cm x 25cm (about 29" x 10"). The core board was 5mm thick. This board is used for mounting photos and other artwork, I bought it at an art supply shop. It has a foam core with cardboard on both sides. I made the sides 20cm (8") long. I marked a straight line at each end 20cm in from the edge. I cut the board using a heavy ruler and a craft scalpel knife. Don't cut all the way through, you are aiming to cut about half of the way through the thickness of the board. Once you have made the cut just bend the 2 sides together and the foam will snap a bit and make a good corner.
Kylie Jones's DIY Photography Set-up - , General Education, Selling, , photo setup
Kylie Jones's DIY Photography Set-up - , General Education, Selling, , photo setup
Using a darning needle or the end of your knife make a little hole in each side about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom and in the middle. Thread through a piece of sewing cotton and secure each end tightly with a clothes peg. I don't use fishing line or clear thread because when the light shines on it it can be really obvious in the photos, especially on a darker background.
Kylie Jones's DIY Photography Set-up - , General Education, Selling, , photo setup
For silver earrings I use a piece of silver cardboard wedged between the sides at the bottom and angle it up to reflect the light onto the front of the earrings. This cardboard keeps the whole setup taut. Silver is a better option for this piece of cardboard as it stops the silver from looking white and melding into the background.
Kylie Jones's DIY Photography Set-up - , General Education, Selling, , photo setup
To change the background color use a clothes peg to attach a piece of colored cardboard to the back. I also change the thread color to match.
Kylie Jones's DIY Photography Set-up - , General Education, Selling, , photo setup

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