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How to mount your home studio

You dream of a room of 100m ² to mount your studio photo ? Problem: this represents 18 times the surface area of ​​your kitchen …

This Practical Wednesday  will give you a few tricks to successfully mount the photo studio you need depending on the place and the means available. The idea is to offer you something that will easily fit you.

A photo studio? Why ? How? How many ?

A photo studio … the term is vague, even when it is mini, or “homemade”.

The first question to ask you, but to which you probably already have an answer, is what will be the use of this studio?  Is it to make macro pictures or products? Or to mount a portrait studio? Or for full-length footage with a staging? For those who are not afraid of water, you can even photograph water drops in the studio .

Before discussing any of these configurations, let’s review the hardware needed to mount a home photo studio . You’ll need :

  • A background, preferably plain, the size you want, or can.
  • Light, artificial is more practical to handle
  • Supports for the background and light sources
  • A foot for your device is always more pleasant,
  • And why not connect your camera to your computer ?

Studio macro or pack shot

Let’s start with the mini-photo studios , if you can call them studios, they will allow you to take pictures, or make the macro easily. From house-made to ready-made, there’s something for every purse.

As shown in this illustration, a cardboard box on both sides is sufficient, a lamp or a flash on one or both sides for a more homogeneous light, and ideally the camera on a tripod.

The most important in this realization is not to have folds on the sheet forming the bottom . For if there is a fold that marks the bottom of the cardboard, there will also be a shadow, often unsightly.

Then comes the possibility, still in the same register, to buy material made just like this dome studio  easier to transport and probably more solid than a cardboard box and three sheets A4.

You understood the principle? Now you just have to imagine how to create a “lightbox” with the means of the edge.

Studio for portrait

The small portrait studios  are of intermediate size in relation to the three main types stated above.

That said portrait usually tallies on the head or the bust  and so you will need a smaller area of ​​fabric for the background, less light and less recoil than to take pictures of full foot (the photos From the ground to the wide angle it was never really that). And if you want my opinion there is already enough to do artistically and technically, both in terms of light settings, and composition of the photo before you “need” to upgrade to the maxi version of.

For this portrait studio, you will need a wall or a black, white or a color sheet of your choice (see end of article in links, you will find ideas for making Personalized funds).

The supports can also be homemade. For the most resourceful, you can make your own with PVC tubes for example.

In terms of DIY photography lighting, it is still possible to use the incandescent or halogen bulbs , the flash cobra deported  in strobisme fashion , or for the lucky studio flashes, and the broadcasters (or umbrellas).

Here are two Strobist articles: a complete Explanatory Wednesday and a   “strobist” tutorial in which we explain how to use a cobra flash with a light box and a diffuser to create beautiful portraits.

Studio for full or staging photos

For this type of photo, the background must obviously be larger, and the light sources more powerful or more numerous (and therefore larger diffusers or reflectors).

As can be seen in the illustration above, for this type of picture it often takes a large room, which will be used largely for the “decor” or installation of equipment like large umbrellas, fans, Or other.

Different types of equipment

You will understand that depending on the photo studio you want to go to, you will need very different things: a cardboard box, three A4 sheets, a desk lamp, flash cobra or studio (AlienBees, Elinchrom , Bowens), in-house diffusers, umbrellas, flash and umbrella stands, reflectors, bottoms, base supports, etc.

Here there are two solutions: either tinkering what you need, or investing in ready-made and complete kits, which are, good news, less and less expensive! The important thing is to be able to adapt your material according to your constraints, but also to be able to play and model the light.

For a start, think of using at least two flashes, a remote trigger system (type Cactus), and tripod for your flashes to adjust height, distance and orientation.

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