A Room of Your OwnJust starting your photography business? Then you’ll want to keep expenses down until you’ve built up your clientele. You’ve probably already turned a covetous eye on your spare bedroom, your garage, or a corner of your living room for your planned photo sessions. Before you start clearing things out, though, take some time to analyze your imaginary studio first. It’s best if you don’t have to convert the space back and forth between a photography studio and whatever the room’s original purpose was. Pulling the car out into the driveway is no big deal. But moving the couch or guest bed whenever you have a shoot? You’re going to dread every session you schedule. Give your proposed studio a trial run. Gather four or five guinea pigs—the human variety—and stage a photo shoot. Pose your subjects as you would for a family portrait, set up your tripod, and look through your camera lens. If you can get everyone into the picture, great! If you find that you’re backing up into the hallway to see everyone through your viewfinder, then you’ll need a bigger space. (Or a lens with a wider angle!)
Let There Be LightHere’s the fun part—new equipment! To control the light on your subjects, a pole lamp or a big window are just not going to do it. You have to have professional photography lights. Start with a studio light kit that contains two or three light heads, tripods to hold them, and light diffusers such as an umbrella or a softbox. Or, if you’re ready, you can buy studio flash lights—strobe lights that are synced to your camera and only flash when you take a shot. They’re a great tool and will look very cool to your clients while keeping your studio more comfortable than the always-on type of photography lights. Be aware, though, that babies and toddlers often take loud exception to being startled by a bright flash.
A Background CheckFor a really professional-looking background for your photos, you’ll need to buy a few photography backdrops—and a frame to hang them from. These photo backgrounds come in a variety of lengths and widths, as well as in many paper or fabric types, patterns, and finishes. backdrop storage device, which will keep your background rolls handy, organized, neat, and clean.
The Finishing TouchA professional photography studio should include a display of your work. Pick some of your best shots, select professionally cut mats to set them off, and hang them in your entryway or studio waiting area. This will motivate your clients to purchase the matted, framed enlargements of those beautiful photographs you’re about to take of them in your brand-new studio.
What challenges have you faced with starting your own photography studio?Interested in learning more about home photography studios? Check out 5 Tips for Starting Your Own Photography Studio!
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