This studio photography tip collection is for you if you’re thinking about making the move from shooting in ‘open’ environments to shooting in a controlled space. We’ll give you the tips you need to start putting your own studio together and take your photography to the next level.
Tip#–Find The Right Space
The first thing you need to think about when setting up a new photographic studio is where it will be. Work on finding the right space for your new hideout. The good news is that pretty much anywhere can serve as a decent studio so long as there’s decent natural light, electricity to power the professional photography studio equipment you’ll need, and a reasonable amount of space to work in. Even a garage would do in a pinch.
Tip #2–Choose Your Background
One of the things the most clearly separates studio photography from the rest is the control. Think about choosing a background for your space. Depending on whether you expect to use the space full-time as a studio you might even consider a fixed white background. Some photographers use photography studio equipment known as an ‘infinity curve’ background, which wraps from the back wall down to the floor or up to the ceiling. It will let you shoot images against a seemingly endless white background – very cool!
Tip #3–Decide on Lighting
Perhaps the key reason to set up a studio space is because of the control it gives you over the lighting you use in your shots. Decide on what kind of lighting is best for you to use. Your main options are: natural light, which is great if you have nice big windows or a skylight; permanent lights, which are simple to use but can be expensive to run and get awfully hot; and ‘strobe lights’ which are the professional photography studio equipment used by most professionals these days – these lights only fire when your camera does, meaning far less heat and energy consumption, while still giving you the control you need
Tip #4–Think About Tethering
An option which opens up to you when you start shooting in a permanent space – it’s called ‘tethering’ and it’s when you hook your DSLR up via cable to a computer for live control of all your camera settings and live full-screen review of the images you shoot. It’s seriously professional photography studio equipment, but definitely worth exploring as it frees you up from hunching behind your camera all the time and means no more worrying about running out of space on your memory card. To really fine-tune your studio photography results, be sure to check out our tips for working with models and effective lighting.