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Setting Up an in-Home Photo Studio: Essential Supplies
Posted By:  Ashley Rahe
Thursday, November 12, 2015

When you’re just starting out the best place for your photography studio could be in your house or apartment. There are no added costs for renting the space, all of your equipment can be securely stored, and work is always just a few steps away.

When you’re just getting started you’ll need some basic equipment beyond your camera. Start with this list and then add more equipment as the need arises or your budget allows.


You can use standard backdrops (typically large rolls of colored paper) with a support stand or you create your own with fabric or wallpaper.


Soften your main light, positioned in front of or to the side of the model, with a diffuser and use a snoot on the secondary light, positioned behind your model.

Sync Cable or Wireless Triggers

Connect your camera to the studio lights by sync cable for SLR cameras with PC sockets or via wireless triggers.


Use a reflector to gently bounce light to the unlit side of your model. You’ll also find a reflector is handy when you’re working in natural light.

Once you have your essential equipment, you’ll need a subject. If you’re looking for models to build your portfolio, start with friends and family. No takers? Contact modeling agencies to find out if there are any aspiring models that need to gain a little experience behind the lens.

When you have your first set of images ready for print, give us a call. We treat every job with the respect it deserves. You can count on our team to deliver perfect prints that will help build your portfolio and win new clients.


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