Setting Up a Simple Photography Studio

photography studioOwning a photography studio is what most photographers desire to have. They want a place where they can keep their valuable stuff, work on photo editing after a photo session and even take pictures of their clients. Portrait photographers are generally the ones who really need a photography studio so they can have a place to receive and take pictures of their clients.

A photography studio can be a rented space or a room right inside the photographer’s own home. If you want to save on cost and you have an available room then you can consider a home photo studio. Now, if you are concerned on the cost of putting up you own studio, then you don’t have to worry too much. You can start with a simple photo studio and not spend a lot. Below are some helpful tips on setting up a simple photography studio.

  1. Look for a room that is spacious enough

A photo studio does not have to be too big or wide. It just needs to have a ceiling that is at least 8 feet in length and a width of at least 20 feet in the shooting area itself. The ceiling needs to be high enough so you get real-life images of the subject especially if the person is standing. The distance between you and your client must be at least 15 feet so you can still zoom in and out and look for the right angle to get the shot you need.

  1. Buy simple rolls of paper as background

Your background does not have to be fancy or too expensive. There are cheap rolls of paper that you can buy and position between two stands to serve as your background. You can also consider buying a fabric background, there are fabrics that are not that expensive but are of good quality.

  1. Position near a big window

Natural daylight is still the best source of light, hence, the need to have a big window in your photo studio. You can also purchase blinds or curtains so you can soften the light entering the room when the sunlight is too bright. Light modifiers like umbrellas and soft boxes are also useful.

  1. Start purchasing the basic photography equipment

The first few items you need are a dependable camera, lenses, tripod, and strobe. You can start with an entry level DSLR or a DSLR you can afford. For the lenses, you can have 3 to 4 as a start. Your choice of lens must depend on the type of shots you need. A tripod, on the other hand, can provide stability for your camera so you can get the best and highest possible image quality.

  1. Keep your room well-ventilated

Your studio must be well ventilated to keep your client feel relaxed and comfortable especially if they are waiting for their turn to be photographed. A well-ventilated room is also conducive for work so you can feel at ease when editing images during post production.

If you plan and research carefully, you can surely find the best items to buy that are affordable and really useful for your studio and for overall work. Follow the tips above and you will surely find it easier to setup even a simple photography studio. If you think you need more training and knowledge, consider taking photography courses to gain more skills.

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A Guide to Cosplay Portrait Photography

With the rising popularity of comic books and comic book movies, anime and manga, and many other entertainment properties over the years, there is also a growing interest being given to a new type of portrait photography: cosplay portrait photography.

Cosplay portraits are unique not only in the sense that the subject is portraying not as himself or herself but as a different character. It also is a type of photography in which both the subject and the photographer have an active collaboration in putting the portrait to life.

The Subject and the Character

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Thus there should be some understanding for both the photographer and the subject with regards to the character being portrayed in the shoot: the character’s physicality, abilities, and other features and characteristics that should be present in the photo. The responsibility lies more on the subject who should have more knowledge of the character than the photographer while the photographer should at least be receptive of the input coming from the subject.

Speaking of the character, there should be an effort as well on the part of the subject to make himself or herself look like the subject being portrayed. Unlike other types of photography like newborn photography, an appealing cosplay portrait photography would be one where one can see the character and not subject who is portraying the character. In short, the character must effectively mask the subject in the portrait since the character is the focus of the photo more than the subject.

It’s Post-Processing Heavy

Another interesting aspect of cosplay portraits is that they are pretty much reliant on post-processing technologies to make the photos stand out, more so than standard portraits. With that said, that does not mean a good cosplay portrait requires post-processing work. In some cases, you can take good cosplay portraits even without such editing, though that would be on a case to case basis depending on the situation as well as the setting.

Unlike regular post-processing work for photography, post-processing work for cosplay portraits are more pronounced and given much emphasis. That is especially true if the character is someone who has superhuman abilities or futuristic weapons that are being emphasized through adding colors and effects which highlight them to the viewer.

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In The End, It’s About Having Fun

Getting into character for a cosplay portrait shoot takes up considerable time, money, and effort. The subject has to be prepared spending a lot of these to look the part of the character. And oftentimes, being in character for a long while can be draining to one’s energy

With all the costumes, the poses ones has to make to play such character, what is important is that one gets to have fun doing this type of shoot. It is not everyday for both photographer and subject that there are shoots like these where one can get to unleash his or her inner geekery. So make the most out of it and enjoy the experience. Most importantly, both photographer and subject should make a good effort at least to have some good portraits as an output of a fruitful collaboration.

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5 Great Ways to Improve Your Environmental Portraits

environmental portrait photographyPortrait photography is a broad subject that is divided in various types that professional photographers can choose from. Among the most interesting yet challenging form is environmental portrait photography.

Environmental portrait photography refers to taking photograph of a person in his/her natural environment – it can be a workplace, home or a favorite spot. An environment portrait usually features an individual’s personality and lifestyle. While it may seem to be an easy form of photography, in reality it is a hard one. It takes practice, study, effort and so much more to be a master in environmental portrait photography.

If you are a beginner photographer who is looking forward to learning how to improve your environmental shots, then here are some great ways to help you achieve this goal.

  1. Know your subject

Since you are aiming to show your subject’s personality or lifestyle, you need to study first your subject so the photos will look more realistic. Talk to your client or model and ask questions that can help you determine what he or she is like. Photographers of DKH Photography always find time to know their new clients so they can plan better for the shoot.

  1. Find a suitable location

Your environmental portrait will look better if you can find the right location that is suitable to your subject and your expected shots. If you ran out of ideas, go online and check websites of other professional photographers. You can also perform a research to know what is best the background for your subject. You can also ask your model for suggestions since your subject will most likely know what location can best represent what he/she is like.

  1. Let your subject wear comfortable clothes

Allow your subject to wear clothes that he/she thinks will display his/her personality. Never dictate on what your subject should wear. If you do this, your subject will feel so much pressure thus affecting the outcome of your portraits.

You can provide suitable props for your client to use. Just make sure though that it won’t distract the viewer’s attention and the focus still remains on the subject.

  1. Take candid shots

You have to make your subject/s feel relaxed so they can give you their best and most natural smiles during the pictorial. Your photos will look better if their smiles and movements look natural and not stiff. Environmental portraits look good when you take candid shots of your client in his/her own environment instead of making him/her pose or smile at the camera. You can shoot some posed shots but make sure you get some really natural-looking candid pictures.

  1. Observe the light

Like in landscape and other forms of photography, observing the availability of light is important. Try to visit the location before the schedule photo shoot so you will know if the light is too much or lacking on that specific hour. If the photo shoot is outdoors, suggest to your client to have the shoot later afternoon around 4 to 5pm so the natural light from the sun is just right.

By keeping these 5 tips in mind, you can produce better environmental portraits and later on become a master in environmental portrait photography.

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