We’ve already touched on the basics of studio photography, however, we felt this branch of photography deserves its own post. In the next few sections, delving into more detail about the equipment used in a photography studio, as well as the equipment used.
What is Studio Photography?
First things first. Let’s start this off with a basic question; what is studio photography? Lots of photographers use studio photography for a number of subjects, including products, people, vehicles, food items etc.
In its very essence, studio photography is carried out indoors in a managed setting. As opposed to outdoor photography, in this case the photographer has complete control over the elements that are needed to create the perfect photo.
To create your studio, you first need to go through a number of steps. Start with a blank space – in other words, an empty room. As you gain more experience, you can then opt to develop backdrops and decide what elements to feature in your photos, including props, costumes and other equipment.
The Differences Between Studio and Location Photography
Needless to say, studio photography differs greatly from location photography. In fact, there are a number of striking differences that stand out.
If the shoot is happening outside, the photographer needs to have the right equipment to be able to deal with altering light conditions and the elements. Similarly, indoor shoots may also prove to be difficult if the photographer doesn’t bring along the necessary equipment to deal with poor light conditions. On top of that, the space needs to be cleared from any background options that may be in the way.
In short, all location photography requires all photographers to bring studio equipment to be able to achieve the desired shot. Needless to say, it’s impossible to bring the whole studio to a location and deal with any weather conditions at the same time.
Hence, studio photography may be the better option for a better controlled environment. As mentioned previously, the photography is able to control all elements and the lighting if the shoot is taking place in a studio.
Bearing all this in mind, you have to remember that all photography genres are different. There’s no question that landscape photography is completely different that shooting in a studio. In a studio, the focus is the subject or a product that is being captured, rather than the dynamic backdrops of mountains, rivers, lakes and so on.
Creating Your Studio
Especially if you’re still new to studio photography, you need to kickstart your experience with the basics. In other words, you need to create your space. In this regard, we thought we’d show you the ropes with a checklist of studio photography essentials that every beginner needs. Read on to find out more!
Find and Set Up Your Space
This is a no brainer. Before thinking about all the gear and equipment that you’re going to purchase, you first need to find a suitable space to set up your studio. We highly recommend finding studios in your city and making full use of other options on sites such as The Hub. You can also get in touch with likeminded individuals on sites like Airbnb.
Especially if you’re just starting out, we strongly recommend you to not complicate things. In other words, it’s best to narrow down your search to studios within the area you’re living in. In the long run, this is the best option because you can save some money if the studios are equipped with the necessary gear that you need.
Invest in Your Equipment
Once you have everything set up, it’s time to start investing in some camera equipment. Bear in mind that this can be quite costly, so we highly recommend you to stick to the basics if you’re still a newbie to studio photography.
That’s why it’s important to do your research carefully, as you may come across studios that already have backdrops or white walls. What’s more is that there are available studios that have the necessary lighting equipment and stands that you will most definitely need to execute the perfect studio shots.
If the space doesn’t offer any extra fixtures, you need to invest in your own equipment. Once again, keep it simple – stick to a decent backdrop, a couple of stands to hold the backdrop, a power outlet, along with lighting equipment and stands. Bear in mind that if you plan on having your images appear on your computer screen whilst you shoot, you also need some extra space.
Along with the basics, you also need some design elements and props that you will be adding to the shoot. Of course, this depends on the shoot in question – you can’t use the same items for every single shoot. That said, you need to ask yourself basic questions such as the following:
- Is this a simple design set up?
- Where will you photograph your subject?
- Do you want to add any extra furnishings to your backdrop?
- How long is the shoot going to be?
- Do you need an extra team of people to help you style a model for a high editorial shoot?
Bottom line – it’s important that you figure out your vision and the direction you’ll be taking for every shoot you book. In this way, you can think ahead and purchase/rent any elements or equipment you may need beforehand.
Have the Right Lighting Techniques
As you already know, photography relies heavily on the use of lighting. Although it may appear easier to shoot in a studio, you still need to keep in mind that you have the right lighting fixtures and equipment for the shoot in question.
For example, short lighting is ideal for darker portraits due to the fact that it eliminates a substantial amount of light that is cast on the model’s face. In this case, the subject’s face is placed in the shadow. Other techniques such as broad lighting, butterfly lighting, Rembrandt lighting and loop lighting all do different things to capture your subject in the best possible way.
On top of that, some photographers equip their studio with an off camera flash. To be able to achieve the best results, we advise you to stick to a flash speed light flash with a diffuser in the form of an umbrella.