When putting up a photography business, some photographers need to have their own photo studio. The photo studio is where they will be accepting clients for a portrait photo session. And since, renting a space in a commercial establishment can be costly; a good alternative would be to have your own home photo studio.
A home photo studio is a practical solution for you to earn an income without having to travel far to a rented or going outside your home. You only need a room inside your home that you can convert into your own home photo studio. Here are 6 steps on how you can do it.
Find a spacious, exclusive space
The room you will choose to convert into a studio must not be too small. It must be spacious enough so as not to affect your output image. The recommended area is at least 20feet deep and 15 feet wide. This should give you an area for storing your equipment and enough space for you to move around when taking pictures of your client. The room must preferably have a high ceiling of at least 20 feet so you can shoot great pictures even when your subject is standing.
Have a big window
Once you have chosen dedicated space as your studio, you need to make sure that natural light can get inside the room. Have a big window set so light can get in. Prepare some curtains or blinds that you can use though to limit the light getting inside the room.
Assign areas in the room
Your home photo studio must be divided into 3 areas: a small receiving area, the shooting space and the storage area. The receiving area can be a small space with a few chairs where the next client can stay while waiting for his/he turn for a photo session. The shooting area must be the largest part in the room and it can be separated from the receiving with a curtain or wall divider. And then, your storage can be a small space with preferably a cabinet to keep your valuable photography equipment inside.
Set up your backdrop
To save on costs, you can have a painted wall as your background or have a wall mount set and hang rolls of paper. This can give you several backgrounds to choose from for a particular type of shoot. You can also use different textiles as your background. Just choose colors that are commonly used in portrait shoots.
Position your tripod, flash and reflector
Once you have setup your backdrop, you must now position you tripod, flash and other accessories. You can use your tripod when you need to stabilize your camera while a flash can be used when there is not much light inside the room. When using a flash, it would be wise to bounce it off using a reflector. You can choose a bounce card or another accessory as reflector.
Finalize and clean up the area
Now that everything seems to be ready, it is important to check for other possible issues like the noise coming from other parts of your house. Make sure the door of your studio is always closed so less to no noise can get in.