Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in

It was all change at Crafty Business this month as we moved our meeting to The Crafty Hub at the BBIC. While we have enjoyed the atmosphere of Oak Star Cafe at The Civic I felt we should be making use of the space in our Hub. The coffee isn’t as good, but we have crisis and biscuits!

Amy Law from Amy Law Photography helped us make good use of the space by showing us how to make our own DIY photography studios using paper and card, utilising the natural light in our homes all with the humble smartphone! She talked us through the planning stage, lighting, backgrounds, colour, editing and resizing in this hands on workshop.



Consistency is key. Plan your general image theme. What look and feel are you going for? What colours, props are you going to use?

Try to use the same equipment, in the same place, with the same lighting each time. Choose one setup and stick with it.


Background (white or grey card, big enough to fit your product on.)

Lighting (window with natural daylight or 2 lamps of some sort.)

DIY photo box (use paper blocks to build a small studio box.)

Reflector (Use silver card or tin foil.)

Deflector (Use black card.)


Experiment with light direction, reflectors and deflectors. Try on a cloudy day or diffuse with tracing paper. Where possible use daylight at the same time of the day and in the same spot.


Use card or plain clean wall.


Use same device and same spot and same lighting. It doesn’t have to be perfect just as long as it’s consistent and something similar to what it looks like in real life. Avoid brightly coloured rooms.

Editing images

Use GIMP free software download to brighten, edit and resize your images. It looks professional if edited but try to keep it consistent to strengthen the feel of quality.

Resizing images

Use GIMP to check or resize images.