How to Start a Home Photography Studio

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Creating a home photography studio can range from being very simplistic to quite elaborate, whether it is a digital studio or a film studio. Create dark rooms, lighting studios and printing studios at home with information from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography.

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In this clip we're going to talk about how to start your own photography studio. A home photography studio is one of those things that can definitely range from the most expensive to the least expensive, the most expensive being, I mean hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on how much you want to put in to it. Lots of people actually rent different places to have a photography studio. You can go as far as, you know, building a wind on your house that you would like to go on, in, and having your own dark room, if you want to go not the digital way, but the film way, which is still pretty professional-wise, if you want to go ahead and have people come in and take pictures. With the dark room, it can get pretty expensive, and then larger is really what you're looking at that's going to be the most money, other than the chemicals, but other than that, you can really kind of, if you want to go the cheap way, you can close off a bathroom and make it light tight, and get one of those red lights, would be the only thing that you really needed to purchase. Have an enlarger and have just bins to have all the chemicals in that you can develop the stuff yourself. Hang them on a clothespin on a piece of wire. On the flip side, we have the cheap way, as you guys can see now. You can just pick a corner of your room and hang a backdrop, and the backdrop on camera, if you're taking the pictures the right way and know how to use the lighting you're using, you really can't tell where you are at all, as you could see before. I, personally, really enjoy using my living room. I've taken a lot of great pictures with just hanging up a black blanket in the back. You can definitely go to Bed Bath and Beyond and buy a bunch of different color sheets, they need to be a little heavier though, and hang those as backdrops. People have tarps that are more professional, you can also go that way, but they're going to be a lot more expensive. I would think the only thing that you really need to focus on investing in it lighting. These lights obviously work a little, I mean, they work well enough for this situation. When you get in to photography, especially with film, these might not be bright enough. You guys are probably going to need something of a thousand watts, and you basically just want three, and that could really get you going, three thousand watt lights, because you just need a key, a fill, and a back light. And with those three lights, you really can do anything you want with studio photography. And as you go through, you can find different ways to make gels and make cookie sheets, and different things that people like to see to do fun, creative things with your pictures. But gels, even if you go in to a photography store, twenty-five dollars for a pack of like six different colors.

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