Family Portraits: 10 tips for setting up your home photo studio

Family Portraits: 10 tips for setting up your home photo studio

Whether you’re taking portraits of your friends or you’ve been commissioned to photography a family – or whether you’re taking your own family photos – working from your own home photo studio can be exceptionally rewarding.

Below we’ve compiled 10 expert tips on how to set up your home photo studio, with fundamental photo ideas for how to light, pose and set up your camera to shoot family photos.

Photography ideas: turn knives and forks into photo art

13 awesome photography projects for 2013

Cook up some tasty photos of cutlery and cooking utensils for your kitchen wall. You only need simple kit for this photography project, but the results are seriously artistic

Photo ideas: miniature food landscape pictures

Photo ideas don’t come much more entertaining than this. The idea of placing model figures in amongst ingredients can transform a meal into a miniature landscape. Fry ups turn into meat safaris and soup bowls become steaming savoury jacuzzis. Of course there are many other everyday household objects that make excellent settings for macro scenarios, but food is ideal. It can be easily sculpted and is instantly recognisable. Here, that great British staple, bangers and mash, works a treat as the Smash instant mash mix could be easily manipulated into the shape of a mountain. But there are many other areas in our daily life where miniature adventures can take place – all you need is a little imagination. Here are some photo ideas to give you food for thought…

Photo ideas: cross-polarisation photography

Photo ideas: photographing water splashes with flash

In addition to a DSLR and tripod, you need:

A glass container

Photo ideas: shoot creative light spirals at home

In addition to a DSLR and tripod, you need:

A small torch

Photo ideas: amazing water drop photography

Photo ideas: amazing water drop photography

Find out how to photograph water drops from our expert guide to water drop photography. Read the camera tips below for setting up a macro home photo studio, using your digital camera and editing in Photoshop to create fine art water drop photos …

Photo ideas: photographing smoke and smoke photo art

Photo ideas: photographing smoke and smoke photo art

Follow these tips to create amazing smoke photos at home. All the ideas you need for turning incense trails into works of art with a DSLR, a flashgun and Photoshop…

Create a photogram with your scanner

Create a photogram with your scanner

Take superb shots of leaves in ice

To get the textured ice effect in the photo above, we placed the leaf and a little water in a plastic container and left it just long enough to freeze partially, but not to freeze solid.