Shooting in Your Home Studio

If you’re a regular reader of this blog or follow me on Instagram (@joefarace) you know that four months ago, my basement was flooded causing damage to my in-home studio. Today I was putting the final touch on painting and have started moving equipment into the space. Look for a post about the repaired space real soon now…

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There are lots of things you’ll need to consider when setting up a home studio beginning with tailoring the possibilities of the space that’s available. My basement studio is approximately 11×15-feet and one end has a window (via a window well—that’s where the flood waters came in.) The opposite wall has an angle cut for a door you can see in the left of the above photo that while architecturally interesting makes setting up a background challenging.

godoxThat available space will also determine the kind of lenses and focal lengths you’ll be able to use but what about your subject? You’ll need to work with them in the space you’ve set aside and place them in poses that will help to get the best possible photographs. Posing is highly subjective but I’ve written about it before here and here but since I get lots of e-mail asking for more it will continue to be a theme in the future.

amanda.BW.2For this low-key lighting setup with Amanda, I placed a Godox QT600 monolight with a Westcott 16 x 30-inch Apollo Strip light softbox at camera left. A Godox DS200 monolight with standard reflector is at camera right and placed behind the subject. I first thought I would need a snoot on this light (which I didn’t have) but the standard reflector worked OK.

This portrait of Amanda was shot against a 5×7-foot black Savage Infinity vinyl backdrop—there’s no reflections—and was made with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 and a Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 (at 45mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200.

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To learn more about studio lighting techniques, please pick up a copy of my book, “Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from your favorite book or camera stores as well as including Amazon.com.

Author: Joe Farace

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