Having a home photography studio comes with several advantages such as controlling light, having some privacy, and determining the style of the images you produce. Depending on the budget you have, you can set up either a cheaply equipped home studio or a high-end one. This is how to go about setting up a home photography studio:
Understand Your Camera and Lenses
If you are going to work in a home studio, you will need a lens of between 24mm to 85 mm. This will allow you to do full body shots and other types of shots without having to keep moving around. Remember that a studio only works to complement other aspects of photography, so your camera and lenses should be of good quality.
Understand the Spacing You Have
You do not need a big space for you to set up a home studio. The space you dedicate for your studio will, however, determine the lenses you use and the kind of lighting you are putting in your studio. It will also determine the kind of shots you will get, so you should bear that in mind before you start constructing your home studio.
Understand Your Budget
Photography business can be expensive especially if you start factoring in the costs of lenses. Do not blow out your entire budget buying equipment and hoping that you will recover it on the projects you will get. The reality is while millennials have more disposable income they do like bargains and
free things so if they are your target audience, you should know that it will be a while for you to break even.
Know the Props
A home studio is not complete without props. You will need fans, chairs. fabrics and other accessories. It can be overwhelming to try and get all of them at the same time. The good news is that you can get good bargains from thrift stores, garage sales or second-hand shops that stock photography accessories. You should do research so that you know the best quality to buy.
Embrace Your Style
The style of the portrait photography you want to get into will determine how you set up your home studio. If you want to work mostly with natural light, you may need to get a place with big windows. If you are thinking of silhouette photography, you should set up your lighting creatively so that you can conveniently play with light.
Is Your Studio Fixed or Portable
How your home studio looks will determine whether you will be moving your equipment and props a lot, or if it is fixed. For portable studios, you may have to think of safe packaging bags for when you are going out for a shoot.