Studio photography is the art of manipulating lights. It is vastly done for a number of commercial shoots such as advertisements, products, food and portraits. Shooting in the studio allows the photographer to have creative control of all elements in order to attain a precise shot. A studio is also a great space to experiment on lighting and different settings.
Over the years, studio photography has been easier for photographers to offer to clients, as equipment has become more and more affordable.
Shooting in the studio has its advantages and disadvantages, but it all boils down to the type of shoot that is required and the photographer.
When you shoot outside, you are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Weather can be unpredictable and the sun can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Your light varies from time to time as well, especially when it’s cloudy, which requires constant change in your exposure.
Group portraits can also a bit challenging in terms of directing, controlling and posing your subjects outdoors. Shooting family portraits, for example, would be best done in a studio to ensure quality shots in a short amount of time.
When you shoot in a studio, your lighting and background are consistent, allowing you to focus on your clients instead of your environment.
If there’s a drawback to getting into studio photography, it has to be the photographer. If the photographer does not understand the basics of lighting or has not fully mastered the equipment, there will be no one else to blame but him if the photos do not come out as expected.
Photographers who would like to pursue a career in advertising, should master the art of studio photography. This is especially essential when clients have strict requirements when it comes to the lighting, texture and feel of the product. It is all up to the photographer to make sure that the client gets what he needs.
Eventually, when you have developed your own style as a photographer, clients will go to you in order to achieve your particular look.
Another disadvantage about studio photography is of course, the fact that you can’t shoot anywhere. There are, however, a number of photography studios that you can rent out on an hourly basis, but this can be costly if your shoot will take the whole day.
What’s great about renting a studio is that they have lighting gear, accessories and backgrounds available, as well as an assistant who is knowledgeable in adjusting the equipment and light settings. Most photographers rent a studio already knowing what kind of shot and setup they want, to not waste time and money.
Having a home studio on the other hand, is more cost-efficient and allows you to practice and take your equipment with you to different locations. If you can dedicate a space where you can put all your gear, it would not only be an ideal place to experiment, but clients will also get a more professional feel to your little workspace. The last thing you want them to feel is that they have invaded your home.
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For small studios, maximize space by installing a rail system on the ceiling. This prevents you from knocking stands down and gives you the freedom to move your lights around without any problems.
Article By: Tabitha Fernan