This is not my usual blog post with card ideas and photo's – One of the hardest things about blogging is getting a good image. I have many demonstrator's who follow my blog and I wanted to share with them some new tips I have learned making photo taking a snap!
The photo booth I am going to share with you today has saved me hours of editing to get the right brightness and whiteness. So many times you get a yellow cast to your photos.
The only editing I had to do to this photo was crop, resize and add my watermark.
I use to have the perfect place to take pictures …
- But I would have to put it up and take it down because the prefect spot for outdoor light was right where I stamp.
- I could only take pictures on a good day with great outdoor lighting.
- I had spot lights but they seem to always turn things yellow.
I wanted a spot where I could leave it up all the time – take good pictures rain or shine – daylight or midnight when I often want to snap pictures. Does this sound like you?
So just a few days before the 2015 Stampin' Up! convention I created a tri-fold white board photo booth.
What you will need to create your own… a 36"x48" tri-fold white project board. My hubby cut it in half so it is 18" tall.
On each side of the board we cut openings of 7" x 10" and I glued our Vellum Cardstock on the backside (you could also use parchment or tracing paper).
I had the two lights I sometimes used before (these can be purchased at your local hardware store mine cost $6.67 each). I have two LED lights not sure what the size they are but on the side of the bulb is says (LED11DAV3/850W 120 VAC 60 HZ 10.5W 100mA). I went with LED as they do not get hot – so there is no chance of fire – as I often forget to turn things off.
I just clamped them each on one our kids building blocks that my Mom made out of 2 x 4 that are about 6-8" long and placed one on each side.
For taking Photo's I just placed a Bigz Die upside down on my cutting mat (this is just to cling to the fun foam to hold it in place) and then I set the white fun foam on it and run it up the back of the tri fold board to create the back drop for my photo.
When I am ready to shoot…
- I turn the side lights on
- Turn off the overhead lighting
- And shoot my photo
My booth is set up in my basement so it can often times be totally dark when I am taking them.
The totally exciting part is while at Convention they showed us this awesome little set up for taking video's. I came home and showed my husband the photo I took of it and he said I suppose you want me to make you one of those tonight – and I said Yep! So off to Menards we went.
- 10' of 3/4" PVC pipe
- 3 Elbows
- 2 T Connectors
- 2 Caps (just for looks)
- Package of screws size: 1/4" 20 x 1/2"
It was all under $10.00
I was so excited as I knew it would fit nicely behind my tri-fold board. I already had purchased the inexpensive little clamp for my iphone.
Here are the measurements for my stand. You may need to adjust it for where ever you are using yours.
- The 2 side pieces were 12"
- The back 2 pieces are 10"
- The one going up in the back is 18"
- The one that comes out for the camera is 6" (this will depend on your camera so you might need to play around with it. I have the Iphone 6.
- You need 2 T connectors
- 3 Elbows and 2 Caps
We did not glue them just pushed them together – so very easy assembly.
To get the little phone clamp he drilled a hole in the T-connector and then screwed a screw through it and into the i-phone clamp. The screw size is a (1/4" 20 x 1/2") this size fits in all camera mounts.
I purchased this little Iphone Clamp on Amazon for under $3.00 just go to Amazon and search Iphone Clamp you could also use a tablet, mini ipad or ipad to do videos. I use to use my Ipad but my new Iphone 6 has a better camera than my older ipad.
I hope you found this helpful.
Now I have no excuses for not getting some new videos taken to share LOL Have a great day.
Stop back Thursday to watch my first Video with my new Set-up and see some awesome news about a new product in the Holiday Catalog which starts September 1 2015.