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How to Take Studio-Quality Pictures at Home

Learn how to take studio-quality pictures at home 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 take studio quality pictures at home. Well, there's a few basics. The first thing you can do to achieve that is find a neutral background in your home. Whether it's a wall that's painted all the same color, or you can set up something against that wall to make it neutral. A sheet of white paper or a sheet of colored paper, depending on what you're looking for. Some of the newer cameras have a nice built in pop up flash that can be adjusted so that it doesn't give too hard of a light. But ideally, if you have a portable light that you can set off to the side, that'll give you some nice directional light. Which will sort of mimic what you can do in the studio. And then, if you don't have any artificial lights, the next best thing is to position your subject near a window. And if it happens to be a very sunny day, and that light is just very harsh, just put a sheet up over the window, which will diffuse that light in a very pleasing way.

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