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What Is Studio Photography?

Learn about studio photography from professional photographer Chris Ryan in this Howcast video.


My name is Chris Ryan. I'm a photographer. We're here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at, or if you'd like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today, I'm going to talk to you about studio photography. What is studio photography? Studio photography is typically photography done within a controlled environment, indoors, under lighting conditions that artificial, but easily manipulated. Studio photography can involve product photography, food photography, portraiture; we live here in Oregon where it rains a lot, so it's valuable to have a studio, especially if you do a lot portraiture, and especially on a day when you can't get outside to do that. Studio photography also involves large subjects like vehicles or large groups of people like teams, athletic teams; as well, studio photography often times involves white backgrounds, or white paper sweeps, or in the case of very large studios we have coved walls and corners, and light grids in the ceilings to hang lights from in a very specific array or manner.

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