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How to Create a Makeshift Photography Studio

Learn how to create a makeshift photo studio 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. How to create a makeshift studio for studio photography? Well, the first thing you need are a couple of lights, you'll need a wall or a flat surface and ideally a roll of white paper. You set things up a little bit differently depending on what you're doing-whether it's product photography or portraiture, but those are the basics - you start with a couple of lights, a white background and then you go from there. If it's a product that you're shooting, then you create a tabletop surface, maybe attached to the white background to a wall and have it sweep across the table, position the lights on the sides and a bit over your product and then the lights bounces off of the back wall. If you're doing portraiture, then of course you wouldn't have the table, you would just have the subject in front of that white wall. Again, light them directionally. Different studios can be set up in different ways, but the basics are a couple of lights, a blank wall and some creativity.

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