Natural Light

diy photography studio at home



This is a growing series of portraits made using my Natural Light Outdoor DIY photography studio. This natural light home photography studio was cheap to make and is easy to set up. It is different than a DIY outdoor photo booth because of the design. My photography studio design is optimized to make the most of the available light for creating beautifully lit portraits.

It is best used in the morning or afternoons when the sun is not too high in the sky. I set it up with the sun behind the backdrop. There’s a thin gray nylon light diffuser material across the top to filter the backlight that falls on my subjects. The ground in front must be bare earth or sometimes I use a neutral colored plastic sheet. More recently I have been using a large fold-out reflector to bounce in more light. Occasionally I used flash with subjects on the white background, but now prefer not to.

I first designed and built my DIY photography studio at home in 2008. I have tweaked it an upgraded and enlarged it over the years and at this point it has two backgrounds, white and black. I have learned many natural light photography tips and tricks along the way which I enjoy sharing.

My outdoor photography studio ideas and inspiration originally came from legendary photographer Irving Penn.

Here’s a short video where I talk more about the DIY photography studio at home and share some natural light photography tips and tricks.

If you want to gain a better understanding of natural light photography Contact Us about a taking a workshop with our Outdoor Studio.