How To Establish A Photography Studio In Your Home With Only A Small Investment

Setting up a photography studio can be very expensive; however, there are several ways to eliminate some of the costs associated with a home photography studio. Whether you need backdrops, equipment or lighting options, this article will help you find how to save the maximum amount of money. Continue reading to find how you can turn that unused space into your personal photography studio.

Photography equipment is extremely expensive; however, you can save a lot of money by purchasing used equipment. There are several sources available to find used photography equipment.

The first place to check is in your local newspaper. Many times someone who has upgraded their photography equipment will list their old equipment for sale in the classifieds. If after pursuing the classifieds in your local paper, you do not find any equipment, ask friends and family if they know anyone who may be willing to part with their old equipment.

You may also want to try visiting local camera shops or looking online. Many online sites offer auctions for used equipment.

The cost associate with beautiful backdrops can be astronomical. However, there are some wonderful sites available online that offer inexpensive backdrops. If you prefer, you can make your own backdrops using materials found at your local craft store. If you are artistic, you can design your own backdrops using nothing more than a large sheet of paper and paint.

If your photography studio has windows, you should take advantage of the natural light that pours in through your windows. There are many ways to utilise natural lighting to your advantage. For example, direct sunlight produces high contrast and appears warmer than indirect sunlight which appears cooler and offers lower contrast levels.

Another alternative when using sunlight is utilising a reflective surface and bouncing your light off of it. This creates softer lighting and eliminates some of the shadows generally associated with direct sunlight.

There are many lighting options available at your local hardware store. For example, you can purchase several halogen lights to help you highlight and create shadows on your subject. To help soften and create warmth in your photographs when using halogen lights, cut and tape coloured cellophane over the front of your lights.

The last thing to look for when putting together a home photography studio is props. Props should include such things as ornate chairs, mirrors and cuddly stuffed animals. One thing to consider when purchasing props is the type of photography you will be specialising in. If you will be photographing mostly children, you prop arsenal should include soft blankets, cuddly stuffed animals and toy trucks.

As this article has shown, there are many ways to build a photography studio on a limited budget. It takes careful planning and thinking outside the box, but it can be accomplished.

Employ your creativity and develop props, backdrops and lighting options inexpensively to create a photography studio fit for a king. Learn from the information in this article and utilise the tactics located above to create a special place for all of your photography needs.

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Studio Photography and Digital Backgrounds

The article given here was written for Adobe Photoshop 5,6,7,CS, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and 3.

Most photographers who are serious about improving their portrait taking skills have realized that a beautiful background can greatly enhance their photographs.

Muslins are a very popular choice among professionals. However, they can get very costly at several hundred dollars each. For the professional who is well established, this may not seem too much, but for the hobbyist, this may be a stretch.

A less costly alternative is a digital background. With a digital background, one can get the look and feel of a professional looking portrait without the additional cost of muslin.

Many Photography websites also sell digital backgrounds on cd. In some cases…as low as $15.00 dollars for an assorted collection. As with anything else…you usually get what you pay for. Some of these pre-made digital backgrounds are not worth the cd they’re printed on, but some of them are very beautifully made. Even so, you may be wondering how YOU can make your very own digital background. That being said, the following information will help guide you along the way.

Okay, let’s create a digital backdrop using Adobe Elements 2.0. We will create an 8×10 300dpi (dpi = dots per inch or ppi = pixels per inch) digital backdrop. For printing purposes, 300dpi is strongly recommended for a high quality print. This will also create a large file approximately 20.6megs.

Having a fast processor (Pentium 4 or Athlon XP) and at least 256megs of ram will definitely help. Also having your screen resolution on your monitor set to its highest setting 24 or 32bit will give the best results.

Okay let’s begin! If you haven’t already opened Photoshop Elements, do so now.

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Studio Photography – Getting the Perfect White and Black Backgrounds

When shooting in a studio one of the frequent demands is to create a perfect white background or a perfect black background. Whilst small variations can be corrected using software such as photoshop this will frequently change the subject as well. Also fine detail such as hair might be lost. It is always best to try to light your subjects as close as possible to the final image and not rely on photoshop. You will however require a flash meter to get the settings right, otherwise there will be a large amount of trial and error.

White Backgrounds.

For this situation you will not only a light for the subject but also lights to illuminate the background. The backlight should be set up so that it provides a diffuse light over the background that will be in shot. There are various ways of achieving this, the easiest method I have found is to set up some cheap flash units that having an optical firing system.

When you have set up all the lights, turn off the studio flash which will be for the subject or model you are shooting. Then fire the background flashes and make a measure of the lighting. The figure you get, say for example f32, will be to produce a neutral grey. To make this pure white you need to over expose by 2 or 3 stops, so adjust the exposure accordingly (f11 for the above example).

Now turn off the backlights and turn on the models light and adjust the light output so that you get the correct amount of light for the chosen exposure.

Now turn on all the lights and do some test shots. You will probably have to make some minor adjustments to the exposure depending on the actual photographic studio set up you have. How confined the space, what color the walls are, how how the ceiling is will all effect the amount of reflected light and consequently the exposure and light levels you need. You will however be in the right ball park.

One frequent problem to look out for is the background having subtle variations from white to light grey. By repositioning the backlight or backlights and perhaps adding additional lights or diffusers this can be corrected. Don’t fall into the frequent trap of trying to increasing the backlight massively so you have a 3 stop over exposure in the darkest area of the background and a greater over exposure say 4 or 5 stops nearest the light. This will create problems with lighting the subject, especially if you are working in a confined space.

Black Backgrounds

A black background for photography is actually far easier to achieve than a white background. There is one simple rule that will ensure that your blacks and jet black if you follow it. Make sure your background is at least twice the distance from the light source than the subject is. It really is that simple. If you have the space and there is little reflected light you will also be able to turn a charcoal grey background cloth into a jet black one by moving the background further back.

By using these two tips you will find that your photography is so much more enjoyable – when you finish a photoshoot you will find that your images are perfect without having to resort to changing levels or curves in photoshop. Above all experiment and enjoy your photography.

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Studio Photography – Do You Know the Six Advantages Over Outdoor Family Portraits?

Having a professional portrait at a photography studio with your family or children is a very important occasion and image for most families. Remember, this will be the image that will be displayed prominently in your home and every time you pass this image you will either love or hate it! In this article we will explore the advantages of studio photography as compared to outdoor photography, as well as help you to become a better consumer when you select a professional photographer.

The first advantage of a studio portrait with a portrait photographer as compared to outdoor family photography is that you do not have to worry about the wind blowing your hair around, unless you have a wind machine in the studio. This is especially important fact for people with longer or finer hair. Many times I would notice, just as I am getting ready to take the family’s picture, the hair spiking in strange directions. Unless someone has intentionally spiked their hair most people do not want this type of look.

Second, with studio photography you can achieve a softer quality light, rather than a harsh and strong outdoor light if you’re photographing in the direct sun. The problem with harsh light portraits (can usually be avoided in the early morning, late afternoon or under a shade tree) is that your picture will have what I call, “badger eyes.” These are dark shadows that are created by a strong overhead light. Another problem when a photographer photographs his clients in this type of light is that people will squint or close their eyes more because of the sun’s brightness and intensity.

Third, experienced portrait photographers usually have a better control of the lighting on his clients and the background in the studio rather than in an outdoor environment. In the studio it doe not matter if the session is at 8:00 am to 8:00 pm–the studio lights will be the same and consistent.

The forth benefit is that a family does not have to “hike into” a beach or park location. This can be a very important consideration when photographing the elderly, physically handicapped, or smaller children.

A fifth point to consider is the variety of backgrounds a photographer can offer in the studio. These backgrounds can be used to compliment the colors in your room where your wall portrait will be displayed. For example, the green color on the grass or the blue shades of the ocean or sky may not be an ideal color for your room, whereas a Tuscany background may compliment your room and skin tones better.

The sixth issue with the outdoors could be that there is too much stimulus for children: trees to climb, water to splash into, dogs or seagulls to play with, etc. I have noticed this as a particular problem with the hyperactive child or the active young toddler. Once they’re in this active mind set, it is very difficult for the photographer to get the children’s attention. The natural and genuine expressions with your children can deteriorate quickly in this type of environment. Also, frustrated parents, trying to control this chaos, usually resort to raising their voices or promising to give their kids the moon if they would only listen to the photographer. Sometimes these tactics work, but many times it is too late to capture that natural and genuine portrait of the children or family.

We sincerely hope that these six advantages of a studio photography, as compared to outdoor photography with your family, was helpful in your decision to have a studio portrait session for your next family photography or children photography session.

Joel Bogeberg, M.A., an award winning photographer with over twenty five years experience from Westlake Village, CA., has the passion to create creative and personalized portraits of people. He enjoys both studio photography as well on location photography throughout the United States with Family Photography, Baby Photography, Children Photography and Business Photography. If you are considering a photographer or a photography studio for your family or business we highly recommend calling us at 818-706-3778 for a very-helpful and complimentary no-obligation consultation. You can chat with Joel in his Westlake Village studio and it will help you to determine if we are the best photography studio for your home or business.

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Include Your Pets In Your Studio Photography

Many people say “never work with children or animals”, but since families are often made up of both, portrait photographers regularly work with both at the same time! Including your pets in your family portrait, or having a pet photography session just for them, is becoming more and more common. Our pets all have their own personalities, and a beautiful image to hang on your wall will show that personality for years to come.

If you have never seen modern pet photography before, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is the highly posed shots against an unattractive green background often seen in pedigree animals being shown in animal shows like crufts. However, if you imagine a fresh white background, just as you would have for a studio portrait photography session, and crisply focussed images of your pet exploring the studio or playing with a favourite toy, and you will be imagining something closer to modern reality.

It takes a certain amount of skill and experience to take a quality photograph of an animal, and even more so if there are more than one, so shopping around for an experienced photographer is a necessity. Always make sure you check out their portfolios beforehand to ascertain whether or not they really capture the best side of the animals they have photographed, and also whether or not you actually like their style of photography!

When you are looking through a potential photographer’s portfolio it is well worth making sure that they have plenty of experience with the type of animal you want photographed. They may be brilliant with cats and small dogs, but lack experience with bigger dogs; or they may have no experience with small pets like rabbits or guinea pigs. Animals such as snakes and lizards are relatively uncommon still, so experienced photographers may be hard to come by. However, it may be worth asking if you find someone whose style you like, as a good photographer will be keen to expand their repertoire.

While studio photography may be easier from a containment point of view, lifestyle photography (where the photographer goes to a location chosen by you) can lead to more natural photographs, particularly if your pet is shy. Photographing an animal in a familiar environment can create a treasure memory, although the shots are not usually as dramatic as ones taken in a studio. If you are looking for a family portrait photography session, you should consider including your pet; after all they are an important part of your family at home. Of course, a session just for them is also a way to make sure you can remember them forever.

We are a team of girls working from our Burbage studios… Rebecca Dawe Photography. Our business has grown to be one of the leading cutting edge studios in the area.

Our work is inviting, fresh and creative. We pride ourselves on our diversity and flexibility; we can photograph your wedding, portrait or event in a variety of styles or combinations of them all.

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Advantages of Real Estate Investing

Investing in real estate is as advantageous and as attractive as investing in the stock market. I would say it has three times more prospects of making money than any other business. But, But, But… since, it is equally guided by the market forces; you cannot undermine the constant risks involved in the real estate. Let me begin discussing with you the advantages of real estate investments. I found the advantages as most suited and really practical.

Advantages

Real Estate Investments are Less Risky

As compared to other investments, less of misadventure is involved in a real estate property. I will not get away from the fact that just like any investment you make; you have the risk of losing it. Real estate investments are traditionally considered a stable and rich gainer, provided if one takes it seriously and with full sagacity. The reasons for the real estate investments becoming less risky adventure primarily relate to various socio-economic factors, location, market behavior, the population density of an area; mortgage interest rate stability; good history of land appreciation, less of inflation and many more. As a rule of thumb, if you have a geographical area where there are plenty of resources available and low stable mortgage rates, you have good reason for investing in the real estate market of such a region. On the contrary, if you have the condo in a place, which is burgeoning under the high inflation, it is far-fetched to even think of investing in its real estate market.

No Need for Huge Starting Capital

A real estate property in Canada can be procured for an initial amount as low as $8,000 to $ 15,000, and the remaining amount can be taken on holding the property as security. This is what you call High Ratio Financing. If you don’t have the idea as to how it works, then let me explain you with the help of an example. Remember that saying… Examples are better than percepts!

Supposing, you buy a condo worth $200,000, then you have to just pay the initial capital amount say 10% of $200,000. The remaining amount (which is 90%) can be financed, against your condo. It means that in a High Ratio financing, the ratio between the debt (here in the example it is 90% Mortgage) and the equity (here in the example it is 10% down payment) is very high. It is also important to calculate high ratio mortgage insurance with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). If needed, you can also purchase the condo on 100% mortgage price.

Honing Investment Skills

A real estate investment, especially when you buy a condo for yourself, will be a pleasurable learning experience. It gives you the opportunity to learn and when I went ahead with my first real estate property, I was totally a dump man. Ask me now, and I can tell you everything, from A to Z. Necessity is the mother of all inventions. I had the necessity to buy the property and so I tried with it, and I was successful. I acquired all the knowledge and skills through experience of selling and purchasing the residential property. Thanks to my job. It gave me the experience to become an investor.

Not a time taking Adventure

Real estate investment will not take out all your energies, until you are prepared and foresighted to take the adventure in full swing. You can save hell lot of time, if you are vigilant enough to know the techniques of making a judicious investment in the right time and when there are good market conditions prevailing at that point of time.

You should be prepared to time yourself. Take some time out, and do market research. Initiate small adventures that involve negotiating real estate deals, buying a property, managing it and then selling it off. Calculate the time invested in your real estate negotiation. If the time was less than the optimum time, you have done it right. And if you end up investing more time, then you need to work it out again, and make some real correction for consummating next deals. You have various ways and methodologies, called the Real Estate Strategies that can make it happen for you in the right manner.

Leverage is the Right Way

The concept of leverage in real estate is not a new one. It implies investing a part of your money and borrowing the rest from other sources, like banks, investment companies, finance companies, or other people’s money (OPM). There have been many instances where people have become rich by practically applying OPM Leverage Principal. As I had discussed under the sub head – No Need for Huge Starting Capital, the high ratio financing scheme gives an opportunity of no risk to the lenders, as the property becomes the security. Moreover, in case the lender is interested in selling the property, the net proceeds resulting from the sale of the property should comfortably cover the mortgage amount.

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Real Estate Leads For Realtors

Because real estate prices have dropped quite a bit, the potential commissions that real estate agents and brokers could earn have also dropped. But the drop in commissions can be more than offset by the amount of properties that can be sold. And getting quality real estate leads is one of the keys to making this a reality for real estate professionals. This is because there are so many more properties on the market now than there were before the bubble burst.

The rise in the number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages has increased so much that a very large number of them have decided that they cannot afford to stay in their homes. They would rather sell their home and buy a comparable home for a much lower price, and take the loss so that they can improve their cash flow situation by having a lower mortgage payment each month. And since there is no shortage of properties to buy, these people had no problem finding a suitable home for a good price.

And another result of the rise in available properties is that more and more people are becoming first-time homeowners. Since prices on homes are falling, more and more people are able to afford a home for the same amount they are currently paying in rent. So the logical choice for these people is to buy a house rather than continuing to rent.

These factors all lead to one thing – a higher need for real estate agents to help the buying and selling of all of these properties. Therefore, even though prices have fallen, the quantity of available properties, buyers, and sellers has raised which more than makes up for the lower prices in terms of how much a given real estate agent could make in the current real estate market. And as we all know, the more clients a real estate agent has, the more properties they’ll sell and the more money they’ll make.

The problem comes in when a real estate agent has already gone through their current client list. The best way for them to get more clients is to somehow obtain more real estate leads. Not only do they need more leads, they need high quality leads if they are going to be successful in converting a high number of them into clients who actually follow through on buying and/or selling one or more properties.

So how can you get more real estate leads? There are of course many different ways. These include buying them from an agency that offers them, advertising, subscribing to lead generation websites, developing and keeping current your own real estate website that draws potential

clients to it, and best of all by getting them through your own network. There are undoubtedly other ways of generating real estate leads as well, but these are the most common methods – all of which have proven to work to a certain degree.

One of the easiest ways to get real estate leads is by purchasing them. There are companies whose sole purpose is to find people who want to buy or sell a property. They then sell this information to people who are willing to pay for it. So if you are a real estate agent looking for real estate leads and either don’t have the time to find your own, or simply don’t want to, then this may be a good option for you.

There are two different major ways to do this. You can purchase the real estate leads from a company as a set of data that you will get in the form of a list or spreadsheet. Then you will need to start sifting through them and using the data available to qualify and categorize them yourself. And after that, it’s time to start making calls to find out they are valid leads or not.

The other way of purchasing real estate leads is by subscribing to a real estate lead generator website that will send you much smaller lists of leads on a regular basis. This can be nice because the information is likely to be much more current than buying a single very large list of leads. But this also means that there are fewer to work with so it doesn’t give you as much freedom in terms of choosing who to contact first.

Purchasing real estate leads or subscribing to a lead generation website can also be expensive. This can be a very bad thing since the whole intent of buying leads is to find clients, sell properties, and make commissions, if the leads that you buy don’t turn into commissions. In that case, not only did you not sell any properties (or many properties), but you wasted money on worthless information, and you wasted time contacting worthless leads when you could have been working on finding good real estate leads instead.

Another way to generate real estate leads is by advertising. If you are a real estate agent, broker, or business person, advertising your services may be a good way to generate real estate leads. This type of lead generation is great because rather than you doing the work to find people who want to buy or sell a property, the tables are turned and they come looking for you instead.

In addition to having people try to find you instead of you trying to find them, there is another benefit to advertising to generate real estate leads. The people who are trying to find you are already definitely interested in buying or selling a property. This means that you don’t have to worry about whether they are going to turn out to be qualified leads or not, because they definitely will be.

A similar way to generate real estate leads by advertising which can be even more effective than simply advertising on a billboard or in the paper is by setting up your own real estate website. Websites are surprisingly inexpensive to have hosted, and having one developed for you doesn’t have to be expensive either. And if you learn the basics of website development, you’ll be able to maintain it by yourself after it’s been set up so that you can always keep it current.

The reasons to keep your website current cannot be understated. First, you have to keep it updated with the properties you are trying to sell so that the people who visit your website will have something to look at – and since this list of properties will be changing frequently as your client list grows and changes, you’ll need to change your website often to incorporate the new properties and eliminate the ones that are no longer available.

A second reason for keeping your website updated on a regular basis your page rank will grow higher. Search engines use a number of factors to determine how relevant they are to certain keywords, and where to display them in a list of search results. And one of the biggest things that moves a website toward the top of the list is it’s page rank, which is greatly affected by how active and how current the website is. So the more often you update your website, the higher its page rank will be, the higher it’ll show up in search results related to real estate keywords, and the more visitors you’ll get to your site.

Once you get visitors to your site, you’ll be getting the exposure you want to potential clients for free. They can stay on your site for as long as they want to and look at as few or as many properties as they want to. And you don’t have to do anything in order to help them. In fact there could be thousands of people all on your website at the same time. That is something that you would not likely ever have the opportunity to do in person. This phenomenon is what is known as leverage, and leverage is what can turn a small business into a fortune 500 business in short order when managed correctly.

The best way to do real estate lead generation also happens to be one of the most difficult – at least in the beginning. The method of finding leads is by building a very large network, and using it. This is one of the best ways to get leads because it is one of the most surprisingly effective ways. But unfortunately, it’s also one of the more difficult ways to start, and takes a while to yield significant results.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to start building your network. And it’s not that you just need to start building it, you need to intentionally focus on building your network each end every day, no matter where you are or who you’re talking to. This is because for most people, networking does not come naturally.

If you are like most people, you are probably somewhat shy and don’t make it a point to intentionally meet and talk to new people on a regular basis. But if you want to build a network, you’ll have to do exactly that. This is something that can come as a challenge to say the least, both emotionally and technically, but it is well worth the effort in the long run.

It can be emotionally difficult because a large part of building a large network is dealing with rejection. And if you want to build a large network quickly, you’ll have to deal with a lot of rejection each and every day. Too many people, being rejected is taken personally and it ends up wearing them down so that they eventually give up before they gain the benefits that building a large network provides. But if you can learn how to not take rejection personally, you’ll succeed where so many others have given up and failed as a result.

And networking to generate real estate leads can be done almost anywhere. When you need to put some gas in your car, park on the other side of the pump from someone who’s already there and try to strike up a conversation where you’ll be able to tell them that you’re in the real estate business and can help them or anyone else they know who may be looking to buy or sell. And if you’re really serious about it, you may want to only get $10 or some other small amount of gas at a time so that you’ll need to go to the gas station more often and have more opportunities to network.

You can also build your network by meeting new people at any other place. You could talk to someone at the grocery store, library, church, waiting in line at the bank, or anywhere you are around other people for more than a few minutes at a time and starting a conversation wouldn’t be too awkward. It can be done anywhere, with just about anyone, at almost any time. And the more dedicated you are to it, the faster you’ll be able to grow your network and the better off you’ll be in the long run.

Some of the best ways to network are by talking to the people you already know. These are people who are already in your network, and you can use them to help you grow your network even larger. The most obvious way is to simply ask them if they are interested in buying or selling a property in the near future, and to keep you in mind if they are.

But another way to help you grow your network is to ask them who they know that may be interested in buying or selling a property. You are basically asking them for real estate leads using different words. You could ask them for the names and numbers of people who they know who may be interested in buying or selling a property, or you could ask them to give your contact information to the people they have in mind when you ask them that question.

It’s a great idea to have business cards with your contact information made up when you’re networking. That way you won’t have to rely on people’s memories which are definitely not the most reliable things when compared to something they can simply read from a card. Cards on the other hand make it so that the person you are giving your contact information to doesn’t have to rely on their memory, and it puts forth a more professional image as well which can only benefit you.

Real estate values have taken a dive and one of the results has led to there being many, many more properties on the market now compared to before the economy took a dive in 2008. This means that even though the prices are lower, the higher quantity of properties on the market make it possible to buy and sell more of them and make more money in commissions as a result which will more than make up for the decreased individual property values.

I order to sell more properties you must have more clients. And to get more clients, you need to have more real estate leads. These real estate leads can be generated in a variety of different ways, all of which can be useful to real estate professionals. Having reliable leads will definitely result in more clients, more sales, and more money made in commissions. Purchasing them, advertising for them, or getting them from your network is all great ways go get leads that all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Pick the one that will work best for you, and you’ll be on your way to making more money through real estate in less time that you think.

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