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How to Set Up a Home-Based Photography Studio

Learn how to set up a home-based 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 set up a home based photo studio. Well, it's pretty easy, actually. So, find a nice wall to work with. And I've chosen this wall in my home. Make the wall workable. You know, take off any art that you might have up. I'm going to use a sheet of blue for my home based studio. You can use any color that works for you. Whatever happens to go best with your subject matter. I'm just gonna tape it up with some black gaffer's tape. Probably one of the most invaluable pieces of equipment in any photo studio...a role of gaff tape. And so this is essentially appropriate for portraiture, depending on how wide your subject is, you might go a little wider. If it's a head shot, this is perfectly appropriate. The subject goes here. Again, if we're doing just a head shot, this is a perfectly sized area. And so, in your home based studio, you almost always should have, ideally, some artificial light. Because you can't necessarily always set up next to a bright window. So here's an example of portable lighting. These are called speed lights. And if you have these at sort of a 45 degree angle to your subject, then you would have some nice even clean artificial light to go with your home based studio.

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