Photo Props for When You Are On a Budget

Blogging photo props

If I didn’t know any better I would think that every blogger has a white house with marble everywhere, but I do. Today I am sharing some inexpensive ways to take great shots and the hacks to get them on a budget.

Photo Props for When You Are On a Budget

One of the most popular additions to pictures right now is the Light Up Cinema LightBox A4 Size with 96 Letters LED Light DIY Message Box Battery/USB Powered. You can write custom messages and bring in some of that vintage vibe to your shots. 

An easy way to add some warmth to a shot is by using a faux sheepskin rug. I have this OJIA white one and when I am done using it I put it away so that it doesn’t get ruined. I have kids and the idea of putting a white rug in my home sends me into a panic but one that can easily be packed up and put away? Sign me right up. 

A marble tabletop or counter is a personal fave but since I can’t afford to redo my counters or buy a white marble table big enough to seat 8 comfortably I’ve resorted to the next best thing. Contact paper. This DC Fix Adhesive Film comes on a roll and you can either unroll it each time you want to use it or stick it to a foam board. 

This Elmer’s Foam Board 3-Pack comes out to be under $5 each and you could buy a few more rolls of contact paper (I love the whitewood and dark wood grain options) you could have a nice selection of photo backgrounds at a fraction of the price.

If you have bad lighting at home and don’t want to invest in a big photography setup this Amzdeal Light Box Kit 16″ x 16″ Foldable Studio Light Box is a great option. It comes with an LED light strip and both black and white fabric backgrounds. 

Investing in a tripod can help you get more control of shots by having your phone or camera in the perfect position while you adjust the shot. This AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag is a popular option for those who used DSLRs.

I also have a phone tripod for when taking my camera out is not an option. I like this Camkix Universal Adjustable Tripod Kit that fits most phones and comes with a bag to hold all of the pieces.

If you have some scrap wood laying around you may want to make your own photo backgrounds like the ones I made for myself. Check out the DIY post here.

What other photo props can you think of? 

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Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    January 3, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    You have some great ideas for photo props I must say. I don’t do much photography these days but I’m sure others will appreciate your tips.

  2. Lynda Cook
    January 4, 2018 / 9:35 am

    So many great items to make your picture pop!

  3. Erin N
    February 8, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Great tips! I love “on a budget” advice.. Thanks so much!

  4. Calvin
    February 8, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Good money saving photo tip, take nice photos without breakin bank

  5. kristen visser
    February 8, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    I seriously want one of those Light Up Cinema LightBoxes !! TOO COOL! I have been seeing them used a lot but never get sick of em

  6. Debbie White Beattie
    February 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I’ve never thought of some of your great ideas and I bet the pictures look great every time

  7. Carole D
    February 9, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    These are all great ideas! I really love the Contact paper idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 10, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’m going to pass on these tips to one of my sons and a daughter who are both big into photography. 🙂

  9. Julie
    February 11, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I love all things photography!

  10. Brian Hwang
    February 12, 2018 / 11:55 am

    I don’t know how many times I’ve used chairs and books as a makeshift tripod for family pics too, lol.

  11. HEIDI C.
    February 18, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I never would have thought of buying and using contact paper. Such a great idea!

  12. AD
    February 19, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    For food images, I like to use different coloured place matts, unique plates and bowls and cutlery (and I pick up a piece here and there at flea markets or second hard stores).

  13. Julie F
    February 23, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I love the idea of using contact paper, hubby is always hunting for backdrop ideas!

  14. Kristen.E
    February 26, 2018 / 2:34 am

    Nice post, great ideas.

  15. Kristi F
    February 27, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    These are helpful ideas. I want to start doing more photography so this helps.

  16. Joanne C
    March 28, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    These are such great inexpensive ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  17. kathy downey
    June 17, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Thanks for all the neat ideas,I need help!