For someone who has completed photography training or who has been working as an amateur for a while and is ready to take the next step into professional photography, it’s vital to have a studio as a base of operations. Owning a photography studio shows clients that you take your work seriously and provides a necessary space for jobs ranging from personal portrait sessions to commercial shoots for business products. The good news is that if you have room in your residence, you can create a home studio to work out of and not have to worry about finding an off-site space to rent. With some basic photography elements, you can turn a home studio into a professional, functional workspace.
Aside from your camera, one of the first things you need is a background display for your photography studio. Depending on what you choose, backdrops can be a relatively inexpensive investment. Common backdrops consist of large reels of rolled up paper in various colors, but you can also use a large sheet of fabric, such as velvet as your backdrop. After you’ve selected the type of backdrop you want, you need to purchase or create supports stands that hold it in place when you drape it.
If you’re about to open your home studio, you need more than the popup flash on your camera to provide sufficient light for your subject matter. In fact, most times the popup flash is the last type of light you want to use. You should have one main, large light, that provides the brightest light to illuminate the subject matter and additional external flashes and light stands for fill-in light. Choose lights that are easy to rearrange depending on the type of shoot and never be afraid to adjust lighting during the session to capture the best images.
Even with ample light, you need a reflector to bounce light from the main source onto the shadowed area of the subject matter. You need a certain amount of shadow in your shots to prevent images from appearing too stark or washed out. When it comes to portraits, a slight shadow can help accentuate facial shape. A reflector allows you to adjust the light and shadow so that your images contain just the right amount of each without distracting the viewer from the subject matter.
With portrait photography, the right lighting is essential for producing flattering, professional images, and that’s why it’s worth investing in a hair light for your home photography studio. Proper placement of a hair light is behind the subject, several feet above her or his head. Depending on the desired image, you can move the hair light slightly to one side or directly above the subject to achieve the most flattering and effective light.