Home photo studios: how to shoot pro-quality portraits with a basic studio kit

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 02/01/2014 00:01am

    How to set up your home photo studio

    How to set up your home photo studio: step 1

    Set up your lights
    Position the main light, with a softbox attached, at 45° to the subject and above their head. 
Try and create a small triangle of light on the side of the face that’s further from the light, with the shadow of the nose pointing towards the corner of the lip.

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    How to set up your home photo studio: step 2

    Light up the hair
    Use the second light, with a snoot attached, positioned behind the subject on the opposite side to the main light: this’ll shine a hard, direct light on the hair. Finally, use a white reflector to fill in the side of the model’s face in shadow.

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    How to set up your home photo studio: step 3

    Relax into the shoot
    Switch to manual mode and use your camera’s LCD display and histogram to establish a good exposure, ensuring you keep your shutter speed in sync, which is usually 1/250 sec or slower. Now you’re ready to start shooting. Try and keep the model relaxed, even if you’re a little nervous yourself.

    PAGE 1: What you need in your home photo studio
    PAGE 2: How to set up your home photo studio
    PAGE 3: How to create a catchlight in your subject’s eyes
    PAGE 4: Final tips for creative portrait photography


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    Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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