Learn about the gear and techniques needed to turn a conference room or unused space into a photo studio for portrait and product photography.
(guitar music) - [Narrator] There are a lot of different kinds of photography. There's landscape photography and portrait photography and architectural photography and product photography. I can go on and on. In most cases, you can divide any given shoot into one of two categories. A shoot that happens on location or a shoot that happens in a studio. The difference between a location shoot and a studio, for the most part, is that in a studio you have complete control of the lighting and the set that you're shooting on. You may or may not have shot in a studio before, but you might have had the need.
And in this course, we're going to talk about how you can build yourself a studio. Both a portable studio that you can take with you and pop up anywhere you want, and a full-on professional finish studio. To help you get in and out quickly, we're going to show you how to put together a kit of lights, backdrops and other utility tools that you might need to build a fully functional studio in any space that you can find. If you regularly shoot in a studio, then you may be ready to build your own. A place where you can work everyday, configured in exactly the way that you want.
We're going to talk to a guy who did that. An Oklahoma-based photographer, named David McNeese, who designed his own studio and has answered every single difficult question that goes in to such a complex task. We're not going to tell you how to build an actual building, but you will know what questions you need to ask architects and designers to get the studio that you want.
- How the business of a photography studio works
- Storage solutions for a photo studio
- Building out a temporary studio
- Room options for a temporary photo studio
- Portable backdrop options and setup
- Determining what lights and other gear you need
- Working with a hair and makeup artist
- Insurance and releases for a studio