Indoor Photo Shoot Idea: Newspaper Backdrop

Are you looking for indoor photo shoot ideas? Here is the newspaper backdrop I set up in my apartment this past weekend!

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The Stay at Home Order and covid19 has shifted what everyone’s day to day life looks like. For me personally, I’ve recently transitioned to taking photos indoors. Usually, I spend almost every weekend shooting for my blog and Instagram. I work with my photographer/friends Holly, Sam, and Maddy to shoot content all over the city. But since the Stay at Home Order was put in place in Washington State, I haven’t met up with any of my friends.

Last weekend, I put together a magazine backdrop and a newspaper backdrop. Both were pretty easy to set up.If you also want a fun idea for an indoor photo shoot,

Here’s the step by step on how to create a newspaper backdrop:

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1.You’ll need a newspaper & tape

The two things you need to set up the newspaper backdrop are tape and of course a newspaper. Newspapers are pretty lightweight so you should only need some sort of scotch tape to put them up on the walls.

2. Tape the newspapers to a blank wall

Once you have your newspaper, separate the pages out, and tape them to the wall. I was more strategic about my which pages/colors I hung up on my magazine photo shoot. But with the newspaper, I hung up all the pages.  

I also put a few newspaper pages down on the floor to sit on. I recommend being careful as you sit on top of the newspapers. Newspaper pages are so light, I was sure I was going to rip a page when I sat down to take photos.  

3. Set up tripod, set up 10 second timer

After I set up the newspaper wall for the indoor photo shoot, I set up my tripod and my camera. I set up my 10 second timer and made sure I was in focus before I started snapping my photos. I recommend pressing down on the shutter half way or tapping on the camera screen (if you have a canon m50 like me) to help focus the camera before you jump in the frame.

If you don’t have a tripod, I recommend either a chair, stool, or even books to put your camera on. You can always adjust and straighten out your photos when you edit them if you find that your photos are a little crooked.

4. Take your photos!

After your camera, tripod, and background, it’s time to take photos! I decided to bring in my vintage phone as a prop for the photo shoot. I picked up this vintage phone at Value Village this past December for a 12 Days of Christmas Instagram series.  

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What other DIY home backdrops should I try next?

Do you plan on trying a newspaper backdrop?

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Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

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