Photography is all about sharing a snippet of life--from the most mundane to the most important event, person, object--you name it, and the list goes on. While it is said too many times before, your memory is the best photography equipment you can own. And the best moments can only be captured by your memory. But sometimes, your memories can fail you. You may tend to forget some details, and that is where tangible photography equipment comes in. The great invention of cameras has helped us produce visuals that shape our lives and the world.And on August 19, we celebrate World Photography Day. The event originated from the creation of the photographic process, Daguerreotype, invented by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Nicephore Niepce in 1837.Two years later, on August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift free to the world.The technology has been the foundation of developments in the photographic industry. And as they say, the rest is history.For photographers out there, if you have been thinking long and hard if it is the right time to set up your own photography studio, then the upcoming World Photography Day is the universe’s way of telling you to do it!
Advantages of setting up your own photography studio
Nothing beats shooting at your own place and at your own pace. Sure, the great outdoors add to the beauty of the photos, but let us be honest. There are way too many variables that are beyond your control--the hide and seek of the sun, casual bystanders, etc.In a home studio, you take full control of all the elements. From the lighting to the backdrop to the props. All you need for a shoot is within steps. And you don’t need to scurry away to find restrooms when you need one.Having your own photography studio also means money-saving in the long run. You cut down expenses on renting photography studios, money spent on going to photography locations and transporting equipment, and rental fees for camera and light equipment.You also do not need to transport, carry and set up your heavy photography equipment every time you have a shoot because in your own photography studio, all you need are stationed there. Time spent in travelling can be used in more productive activities like editing previous shoots, contacting clients, or even resting.Having a permanent and official address to your photography business adds to the legitimacy. And this goes without saying that clients will trust their photography needs to you more.
Setting up your own photography studio
The most important thing to consider is space. Which part of your house can accommodate your photography equipment, target customers and kind of photography that you will do? The studio need not be too spacious. Your garage space can be the perfect location for your own studio.If you will be doing a lot of portraits, imagine how many can you accommodate all at once. And also the focal distance of the camera lens that you will be using. Let’s say you will be using a 50mm lens and a full-frame camera most of the time, then allot at least 10 feet between you and your subject. There needs to be comfortable head room in your frame.It might also help if your garage has a south-facing window to have a natural and easy to control light as it tends to have consistent lighting throughout the day and projects softer lighting.
The camera gears, tripods and lighting equipment are the first that you must have. Of course, they are the most crucial equipment in the photography business. As to the specifics, we will leave it to the photographer because he would be the best to know the specific gear that he might need in the photography work that he does.Place a Fleximounts workbench where you can place your desktop monitor or laptop for you to see real-time the photos that you are taking on a bigger screen. This will help you to see what you can still adjust in the set-up or manipulate the settings of your camera.It is also important to position the desk and your studio flash near electric outlets. And keep them tidy so as not to trip on the wires. Remember that you are going to move a lot, and for you to avoid accidents, make sure that the wires are not within the workable space.For the backdrops or set-up backgrounds, it is good to have plain white, plain colored, textured and chroma keys. Hang the backdrops using Fleximounts garage hooks. The height should depend on the subject of the photograph. For portraiture, keep in mind that there will be individuals towering six feet and beyond, so it is also important to note that a high ceiling garage will be the most suitable for you.Aside from the technical aspects that are needed in your photography, you should also consider the design of your studio. This may seem just a side requirement, but once you go in full operation of the studio, you will realize its importance.There needs to be a dedicated space for the waiting room of your client that has comfortable chairs or sofa, a makeup table for your subjects and a changing room where their privacy can be secured. A shoot can have at least two layouts, meaning there can be a change of makeup style and clothes. So to accommodate that, you should incorporate it in the layout design of your space.Store the props that you use in your shoots, for example a blanket and stuff toy for kid portraiture, utensils for food photography, dried flowers for beauty shots, on Fleximounts wall shelving. This is to keep the floor free and tidy up the space.
Setting up your own photography studio can be a daunting task, but offers great rewards in the end. All you need to have to do is first and foremost love your craft, and as they say, love what you do and it will never feel like work.