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  • Writer's pictureLele Bonz

Impulsive shopping: Backdrop edition

Hello friend! I hope you're having a wonderful day.

You have to know that I am a bit impulsive, and when I say "a bit" I mean... a lot. In fact, the other day I was thinking about how cool it would be if I had a backdrop at my house, so that I could create a cheap studio look without having to book one every time. Well, after looking for 20 minutes on amazon, I bought one on a whim. It took me a second to realize... Did I just drop $50 on something I decided to buy the same hour?

I surely did. However, I was so excited when the Amazon dude knocked at my door. I knew it would not look like a real, proper studio, but it was more than enough for me at this moment. So, I dropped everything I was doing... and I built it!

It was actually much better than I thought it would be. It was sturdy enough, and it was able to extend quite a lot! I needed to try it immediately.

A problem emerged, however. I did not buy any backdrop colored paper. So, I decided to go grab a wrinkly blue sheet I thrifted a year ago and try it with that. It was not much, but it was the best idea I could think of. I also used some old clothes pins to keep it up, and I grabbed a couple of my LED lights for the lighting.

The setup looked REALLY cheap, but hey, that was the best I could do at that moment. I was eager to try it. This is the picture I posted on my Instagram story when I was about to start shooting:

Listen, I know, it looks very DIY. But, hang on, wait for the results to judge.

I'm ordering all the equipment I need to make it look more professional. However, this worked for the time being!

In fact, I started trying out some self-portraits. I usually photograph other people, so actually sitting down for a whole hour to take pictures of myself by myself felt a bit... weird. I am still working on my self-confidence, and this was definitely awkward at first, but I was so glad I did.

I had to do a bit of heavy editing to remove the wrinkles from the background, but I was honestly super impressed by the results since I used such cheap materials. Proof that you do not need to sell a kidney to take a good picture!

This is how they turned out:

Well, I do not know about you guys, but I really like how these turned out.

So, overall, I would say that my impulsive shopping, for once, paid off! I now have an amazing tool that I can use from the comfort of my own home however I please. I see it as an absolute win.

If you want to impulsively buy a backdrop... I am encouraging you to do it.

Here it is. You can totally blame me if someone asks you something.

What do you guys think? Was this a good find? Should I do more self-portraits sessions?

Let me know in the comments!

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Jason Gregory
Jason Gregory
Mar 11, 2022

Backdrops are awesome. I got one, and I’m super cheap. My green screen is a lime green plastic table cover from the dollar store, but it works. Both my Avengers and Mandelorian photos used that table cover.

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