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.