How To Build Your Own Photo Studio


I hope you’re doing well.

Since I often get asked what photo equipment I use for my food photography, I figured it would be a good idea to share it with you today as well as how to create your own photo studio.

Creating a photo studio in your house can be quite inexpensive.  All you really need is:

  1. A table
  2. A large window that gets plenty of light
  3. A thin, white sheet or blinds (to diffuse the light coming in from the window)
  4. A few pieces of styrofoam to use as reflectors
  5. Your photo equipment (see below)
  6. A ton of different fabrics and plates to complemeent the food
  7. Tasty food 🙂


Speaking of photo equipment, this is what I use:

  1. Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera: This is the camera I use to photograph my food…and my life.  The Nikon D60 is a great user- friendly “starter” DSLR.
  2. Nikon 55-200mm Nikkor Lens: For being a relatively inexpensive telephoto zoom lens, this one is pretty darn good.  This is what I use most for my food shots.
  3. Nikon 18-55mm Nikkor Zoom Lens: This is the lens I use when I want to get a nice close, but not too close, shot of my food.  This is another good deal of a lens.
  4. Tripod: This handy tool helps you minimize blur in yourphotos and allows you to fuss with the food, not with the camera’s location or frame.
  5. Table-Top Sweep with Colored Paper Backgrounds: This is a neat little photography tool that allows me to have different colored backgrounds for my food photography.  It sits nicely on the table and isn’t too expensive.  Over time, I have found I prefer using my own papers and/or fabrics, as opposed to the ones it comes with, but it is a handy tool that will hold up a background for your shots.

Food photography is all about natural lighting.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, though, I also use a Studio Lighting Kit that includes a light, stand and umbrella to help provide needed diffused light.

As you can see in these photos, my “studio” is quite simple.  It’s really all I need.

I hope this information helps.  Please let me know if you have other questions!

If you’re interested in learning more about photography, click here to buy my eBook or click here for tons of my tips and tricks for better photography.

Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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