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Category Archives: Photography

Portable Photo Studios

You can easily earn with such a studio, but it depends on you how you run your business. Many professional photographers earn handsomely per day by working part time. However, you can also earn decent income, because it is not that difficult. Thus, you can easily make money with the help of portable studio.

For starting your photo studio at home, you need to have a digital camera or 35mm film and strobe light. With the help of these tools, you can easily set up your own studio in your home. As these tools are handy, you can easily carry them at any other location. By this way, you can easily make money by spending less.

In fact, now you can also distribute your brochures and business cards to people, so that you can gather attention. This is the best way for advertising your portable photo studio. Another method of advertisement is newspapers. Through newspapers, you can display full details of your photo studio.

In fact, you can also place your advertisement on the Internet. However, before advertising about your photo studio, make sure that you gather important information regarding photo shoot. Photography requires skills and thus, practice photo shoot on different subjects before investing on a portable photo studio.

Capturing beautiful images and displaying them on your portfolio can really benefit your business. Many professional photographers capture beautiful images, but fail in marketing their businesses. Hence, make sure that you display beautiful and amazing photos, so that you can easily gather the attention of people.

Black and White Photos

Likewise for photography too. Photography used to be dependent on films. But not anymore, Digital photography is as easy to use as counting 123, because every mom and dad can pick up a digital camera, point and click and they would have their favorite picture on the screen. If the photographer doesn’t like the shot that he or she has taken, he may delete it on the spot, or remove it from the memory stick on the later date. Gone are the days when you have two walk to the photo studio so that you can store your pictures into albums. These days, you just have to keep them in your computer and view it when necessary. You can store a lot of pictures on a simple blank CD too.

In this big and complicated world, which is getting or and more complex, I still remember the good old days when camera can only take black and white photos. Black and white photos have a class of its own compared to color photographs. If you don’t know, the nickname for black and white photos, it is called sepia. Do you believe that black and white photos also known as sepia are here to stay? It is because if you look at the options in a digital camera, one of them to allow you to take sepia photographs.

There was once I was browsing through my parents old photo album, needless to say most of the pictures there were black and white. I have to say, they look very young and I look like them (quite obvious right?). And when I found out that my digital camera had that sepia option, taking a few pictures of myself really makes me as old as my parents. It could very well fit into the old photo album.

If you think that the days of the black and white photos are gone, that prediction might only come true in a hundred years. But for now, industry from fashion magazines to advertisements and billboards will continue to use this color option endlessly.

Under the Bright Lights

It may sound outrageous but most photographers have access to a studio either on a rental or a permanent basis. However, this isn’t for everyone – you need to have skill in using professional photo studio equipment to make the shoot a success. If you don’t have the experience yet, it’s better to try to learn the ropes first before springing for a studio. Outdoor shots give you a chance to hone your skills on the requisite equipment; namely, the use of lights and backdrops to enhance your shots.

If you’re confident enough with your skill, setting up a photo studio is a piece of cake. First, choose between a ceiling-based or floor-based studio. Floor-based studios are cheaper because you just have to set up your light stands and you’re done – ceiling-based studios have overhead lights that you have to maintain. However, if you find such lights useful, it’s nothing much to add some extra money.

Next, you have to set up your lighting system. Having a good set of lights are important – your choice is between the standard hot lights – which are high-intensity bright lights that are always on, warm lights – the mid-range lights that aren’t as bright as hot lights, and cool lights – powerful flashes for your camera. Each of them has a different effect so choose carefully.

Finally, you have to choose a backdrop. Most clever photographers don’t have just one background sheet – they have several sheets or cloths they exchange to enhance the result of the picture. This strategy is probably advisable for you – just choose colors that fit with your style and you prefer to use. Including an all-white and an all-black backdrop is another thing I advise – basic black and basic white are probably the most useful colors.

There you go, a simple primer for setting up your own professional photo studio. If you find good bargains for your photo studio equipment, you’ll probably be able to create one for less than a thousand dollars. Better try it out!

Own Photo Studio at Home

It is actually a good thing when budgets are tight. It provides a great opportunity to be creative and unique, while learning to take the best advantage of your resources.

This is what Andrea did; she was a student with a dream. She wanted to start her own jewelry business and didn’t let anything stop her. Her budget was very limited, so she created a photo studio at home to make her jewelry look spectacular without hiring an expensive photographer.

She wanted her business to look professional, thus, the photos had to look professional. In order to achieve this, she started researching and found lots of information online that explained what she should do and what to get to build a tabletop photo studio at home.

Andrea took the time to learn her camera settings and purchased a tripod, which she discovered is crucial for tabletop photography. The rest required a very small investment, because she realized that the most important part was to create the right mood.

She got a 40-inch light tent and she invested in the appropriate lighting, buying some inexpensive table lamps, but expensive light bulbs of around 3000k. With them, she achieved the soft light effect in the tent that brought out the best of her jewelry pieces.

She also found a black acrylic stand to display the jewelry on; this made the pieces stand out and gave them a classy look. It also provided a nice reflection, making the photos look as if they were taken in a studio. Finally, she got some velvet fabric to work as background for the photos.

Andrea says that her photo studio has helped her business succeed. She says people often ask her who took the pictures, because they look like professional shots.

Find a Perfect Photo Studio Rental

You could select from the long list that could give you services that you want or need. Each of them has their different packages to offer. Charges and fees may differ according to the type of the features and also on how long you will use them. Some may give the descriptions of the equipments and their price, so you could easily choose the ones that will suit to your preference, especially according to your financial abilities.

It is necessary in choosing a photo studio that could give you instantly what you need. It is very comfortable and satisfying to find one that could make your materials and supplies in an instant access and could offer features that will make your job easier and productive. Rent a studio with a proper lighting. Many are those that have additional services such as filming assistant and additional props.

There are studios that offer you features that are more unique and attractive than other studio rental firms. These may include large shooting space w/high ceilings, hair & make-up area, private bathroom and a large free parking lot.

Before you find a photo studio rentals (especially if you have limited funds), it is necessary to decide how much you can afford to spend on a rent. Decide on amenities you need, and a form a picture in your mind on what kind of photo studio you like. This could guide on which studio rental to choose.

Every photo studio rental have their own photographer that could be hired by those that need their service and assistance. Most of the studios now are into what they call a mobile and portable photo booth. With them are their complete set of high technology equipments that could surely give a very satisfying souvenir of your special occasions such as birthdays, baptismal, anniversaries, weddings, debut, prom, graduations, holiday parties, reunions and corporate events. They could grant their service anywhere and anytime you demand.

Tabletop Photo Studio

The camera.

Pretty much any digital camera will do. If it has macro capabilities then all the better. Having macro capabilities will provide more flexibility when photographing flowers or other smaller objects. When shooting always remember to set the ISO to its lowest possible setting and to set your white balance setting to CLOUDY or to a setting that accurately reflects the light source that you will be using. Never leave this setting in AUTO as this may not produce consistent or accurate results. Another item that would be really nice would be a remote shutter release but it is not essential as most digital cameras have self timers built in.

The tripod.

Use a tripod that is easy to move and adjustable. It also needs to be sturdy enough to support the camera equipment that you will be using. Typically, the heavier the camera means the heavier the tripod. Your tripod should have an adjustable head that will allow you to quickly switch from landscape to portrait, and visa versa, with little effort.

The reflector.

The purpose of the reflector is to create even lighting on your subject. To achieve this effect it is best to locate the reflector on the opposite of your subject to where the light source is. The reflector itself does not have to be big but it does have to be big enough to reflect a sufficient among of light back onto your subject. Typically, the bigger the subject, the bigger the reflector needs to be to light it. To help hold and position the reflector a second tripod with a support arm can really be handy.

The supporting surface.

The surface itself not only needs to be sturdy and large enough to support whatever it is that you are putting on it but, also, portable enough to be moved as the need arises. I personally prefer a good sturdy folding table due to the fact that they typically have good supports and are portable.

The lighting.

You do not necessarily want the light source to be facing directly into the sunlight as this can produce harsh lighting conditions. If this cannot be avoided try placing fabric, or other materials, over the windows to diffuse or soften the light. This will produce a much more pleasing effect.

Compact Photo Studio

The camera room must be able to accommodate large families, various groups and the typical wedding party with bride and groom. These demands require a background wall of at least sixteen feet wide for a group portrait without wall shadows. The background wall can be covered with floor to ceiling drapes of a solid color in a muted shade. Colors that have worked well in the past are gray/green, light gray, blue/gray and wine red. The drapes should part in the middle to expose most of the back wall which will be artistically painted in tones of brown, gray, and beige with accents of apple green and rose red. The drapes should extend six feet along the left and right walls for extremely large groups. A curved bracket will eliminate the corner. If a rear exit exists in the back wall, a false wall can be built with a door to the extreme side for rear access. This door will be hidden by the drapes and the area behind the wall can be utilized for frames, ready orders and back up equipment.

Since the camera lens sweeps a triangular area, the dead spot to the left can be utilized for an office and the area to the right, a dressing room. Props can be stored on shelves along the wall and hung from the ceiling. The floor should be kept free as possible for lights and equipment. Walls should be painted in a bone white for use as a reflective surface with bounce lighting. The posing area may be carpeted with a loop type rug in a neutral solid color. The area used by the camera stand should be covered in cushioned tile or linoleum for easy rolling. Ideally, pulleys can be installed on the ceiling for raising and lowering muslin type backgrounds. It takes but a few minutes to attach two corners of a muslin and raise it to the ceiling and stretching it out to the edge of the rug. Several muslins can be stored in bags for easy access.

The reception and display area can utilize low couches and a cocktail table for showing albums. One area can be reserved for a computer terminal for displaying poses and another desk for taking orders and making reservations. Only sixteen by twenty and larger portraits should be displayed on the walls. Smaller sizes for selling purposes can be displayed on the desks.

Jewelry Photography

As such, there should be no compromise on taking jewelry photography. The jewelry photo you take should be sharp, high detail and depicting the real color. In particular if you are selling diamond, gem stones, and other precious metals of which the color could easily distorted by light that is not suitable for jewelry photography.

By using a “photo studio box” product, a jeweler or jewelry seller can take high quality jewelry photos in a snap. No more running wires all over the place, and no more setting up different lighting tripods at different heights and at different angles.

Using this photo studio in a box system, you simply need to place your jewelry item inside the studio box, adjust the flexible LED lights to create the desired light intensity and reflection angles. Then take the photo with your camera. Viola, it’s done. It sure makes life much easier. Most important, it will save you lots of time. Time that you can spend to promote and advertise your business, instead of spending countless hours on setting up the “perfect” stage for your jewelry photography session.

To achieve an optimum jewelry photography result, you should adjust the color setting of your camera to compensate for the various lighting effect that might affect the photo quality.

For example, if you want a whiter background and a “whiter” jewelry exposure. You might want to lower the color setting, and vice versa. Also, for diamond in particular, a daylight colored LED light is best suit to do the job. Using these daylight colored natural lighting will be least likely to distort the color of the diamond on the final photo.

With most higher end photo studio box system, this daylight natural color LED lighting is usually a standard accessory.

In short, if you are serious about making high quality jewelry photos that will attract the attention of potential customers. Using a quality photo studio box is essential. You might save a small amount with those cheaper “tent-style” fabric version. But with this tent type photo box version, a high quality lighting effect jewelry photo session would be more difficult and time consuming to achieve.

Taking Green Screen Fantasy Photos

In the world of green screen photography, there is the fantasy-theme option known as “sword and sorcery.” This includes the well-known game Dungeons and Dragons, and stories such as “Lord of the Rings.” To shoot these fantasy-theme photos, pose the client dressed in a period costume in front of a green screen, holding a “weapon” or prop such as a sword, bow and arrow, or a magic wand. Then, add digital background scenery such as breathtaking views of nature or ancient architectural structures — especially castles. And here’s a tip: If the client wants to come across in the photo with a soft, mystical look, fasten a piece of nylon to your camera lens with a rubber band. Instant dreamy mystery.

Science fiction is another widely used fantasy-theme choice. Common settings for this genre would come from Star Trek, Star Wars and Babylon Five. Some interesting choices in this genre would come from Dr. Who, a show that crosses times and dimensions, and steam punk, in which Victorian-era characters operate modern technology. This particular niche come complete with thousands of costumed characters who are eager to be photographed. Here are some ideas for unforgettable photos: For shots on a space travel theme such as Star Trek, create the Enterprise’s observation deck, featuring a large window looking out onto a vast blanket of stars, or the Ten-Forward cantina, using a contemporary bar scene for the background. Steam punk photos could be shot using interiors of Victorian homes.

Yet another category that can combine elements of the first two is that of fairy tales. Fairies and other gentle creatures are the stars of these photos. For the best fairy tale shots, use landscapes that have a aura of mystery — and just a hint of mischief. Remember, the fairy tale scenes aren’t just for children or costumed characters. There’s another unique group who love these particular photos: high school senior girls. Think about shooting portraits of them in their prom dresses, standing in front of this mystical backdrop. This way, your clients get magic and memories from a single photo.

Create a Portrait Studio Background

At this step, set the opacity level of the cloud layer to 40%. Point your cursor on palate, select the opacity option, and set it to 40%. Press Control + E to merge the layers. Apply a brush filter to make the background look more interesting. Point your cursor on Photoshop brush strokes and choose spatter. A dialogue box will come out. Select 10 for spray mode and 5 for smoothness. Click OK to save. A fade filer option may pop up this time. If it pops up then set the value to 50%. It will lessen the photo intensity and its effect.

Now again choose brush strokes from the palate and select sprayed strokes. Set the value to 12 and 7. Click OK to apply. Set the photo resolution to 300 pixels for professional quality image. Go to the menu and select image size. Set the value to 300. Click on the new adjustment layer and select hue/saturation. Click OK and save the Photoshop document. Name the document and save it in your hard drive as a PSD file for further editing. Your background is ready. Now you can place any object in front of the background.

Thus, drag the object in the background file and select pen tool or, extract filter. Move the object into the original background. You can add some color to the background if you want. Select the colorize option and set the color as per the theme of the photo. Here is your final output. A simple studio background is ready. Remember you can reset the color level as per your need. The process I have mentioned in this article is for the basic users only. It takes a lot of experience as well as practice to get the desired result. Since, we have saved the file in PSD format. We can re-edit it for further changes.