Photography has entered your life as a hobby and has become one of your great passions, so much so that now you want to dedicate yourself professionally? You still need to have your own photo studio. Here we offer you all the necessary clues to easily set up a photo studio at home, for a small investment.
When we think of a photo studio, the first thing that comes to mind is that it has to be expensive and look like a big room, full of reflectors and big softboxes, which almost reach the ceiling. But nothing is further from reality.
Setting up a photo studio at home is very simple, provided you can count on essential accessories, preferably that can be folded for easy storage. Thus, you can use any of the rooms of the house, regardless of whether it is the bedroom or the living room, as long as the studio is tidy.
Decide on the type of photography practiced
The first thing to know is the photography discipline you want to practice in your photography studio. And it is true that, depending on what you like, macro photography or portrait, you will have to configure your photo studio in a certain way.
Object photography requires very precise lighting and stabilization accessories, while for photographic portraiture, the use of speakers and reflectors that enhance or focus light on the subject will be essential.
Choose the workspace
You definitely have a room at home where you store old or unused items, a storage room, or maybe a garage or basement. These spaces are perfect for arranging a photo studio at home, with a minimal expense.
The more space you have available, the greater the room for maneuver, which will prove useful especially for photographing whole people and implicitly for professional pictures or even for product photography.
On the other hand, if you take pictures with babies, if you practice macro photography, product photography or close-up, you will not have to occupy an entire camera. A corner of the room will be good enough for any photographer, even an intermediate level.
Another element that is good to keep in mind, before arranging a photo studio, is the entry of natural light into this type of room. Natural light can always be a great ally and, when you need it, you just have to draw the curtains or close the shutters.
If you do not have windows, you must use various other light sources, especially if you are interested in making a portrait or working as a professional photographer.
Create the background
Once you have chosen the camera or a part of it that will serve you to practice the chosen photographic discipline, you will have to think about the work equipment that will be needed.
When it comes to equipment, you need to consider the background. Many photographers simply choose the wall to create a white background, then retouch their images, if necessary, in post-production. But this is not always advisable, because you can waste hours retouching this background to give priority to the subject.
Other photographers prefer to mount a white sheet as a background, but beware of folds and possible wrinkled areas of the paper, as this can cause areas of light and shadow, which will result in more post-production editing.
The most recommended option, although not mandatory, is to purchase a studio background. Such accessories are made of foldable materials, so they can be installed in just a few seconds. There are photographic backgrounds of almost all colors and all textures (wood, stone, etc.), but the most recommended for a photo studio is a white background. It will be easier to process in post-production, on the one hand, and with the use of color gels, on the other hand, you will be able to produce very creative effects.
Softboxes are specially designed for product photography. These equipments offer a completely homogeneous, delicate and shade-free lighting, which reflects the natural color of the product.
Control the light
Once you have chosen the most suitable background for your photo studio, we come to an essential element: lighting. As already mentioned, natural light can be very useful for many users who want to make everything professional, but to control the brightness of photos as much as possible, you will need additional light sources, which you can handle as needed and preference, such as reflectors or LED lamps.
You will choose one or the other depending on the desired results in the studio, even if both options are excellent. But make sure you know how to use them. There is no point in buying expensive or state-of-the-art lighting equipment if you are not sure how to use it.
You can also use much more powerful studio flashes, but keep in mind that they will take up much more workspace. Once you have chosen the light sources, you will need to find out how to place them correctly to create advantageous lighting patterns for the subject. Most photo studios allow these light sources to be moved easily, so don't hesitate to look for all kinds of solutions to easily rotate them around the room.
Check your camera
If you read an article on how to set up a mini photo studio, I think you already have a digital camera with hotshoe. Otherwise, it can be difficult to achieve your goals. You don't need the most sophisticated camera model on the market, unless you want to see your photos printed on highway signs or make huge murals. An entry level DSLR or a mirrorless camera will do its job well, even occasionally.
For studio photos, the lens of the kit will be more than enough. Because you will benefit from a fairly strong lighting, a large opening will not necessarily help you. Don't forget the most suitable photo bags to safely house your equipment.
Useful accessories to complete your mini studio kit
You will need duct tape and masking tape to glue various elements to the wall or floor. You will also find a smart battery charger useful. Since you will use a lot of batteries, a charger for 4 batteries will cause you a lot of frustration. The most profitable would be to buy a smart charger, which can charge up to 16 batteries at the same time, without damaging them.
Find inspiration to take original photos
Now that you have the photo equipment and the space to successfully set up a photo studio, all you have to do is find your inspiration.
You can take photos in the studio, macro, with objects. And even if at first glance they are not particularly attractive, you will see that, exploring their details, you will undoubtedly discover real jewelry. If you have decided on portrait photography, you can start having fun with your favorite models.
A good photographer is not only skilled in the field of photography, but also a good connoisseur of character, managing to reveal and capture the most interesting emotions and expressions of his human subject.