5 Tips to set up your photo studio—MUST read for eCommerce owners and studio managers

By Ocean Camera Gadgets

What is the most important thing to start your online shore?

What is the most important thing for a starting photo studio?

What is the most important thing to grab customers eyeballs?

The answer is: A Nice Photo! A nice product photo worth thousands of words and a nice portrait sample image is a solid proof of your photography studio strength! A home photo studio is a great option if you are starting your own business or if you have passion to do some DIY photography. But before you start buying equipment and taking pictures, make sure you know how what to buy and have a setup that will give you great results and deliver the professional photos.

Set up your own photography studio now!

Follow these 5 tips to help make your home studio working for you to get nice product photos or extraordinary photos for your clients!

And don't miss out on the recommended home studio product list at the bottom.

1. Space for the home studio

For product photography, it depends on your product characteristics: The size, weight, and shape of your products impact the equipment and space you need. You must take your ceiling height and product size into consideration. If ceiling is too low, the ceiling becomes a big reflector board, adding light that you didn't even think about. If the product is bulky and heavy, you may consider using a professional solid photo tables or stand. If the product is bulky, you have to consider the space for between your camera and the product. Make sure you have enough room to zoom. If the space is too cramped, you won't be able to get a variety of photos from your studio, and (even worse) there is a chance your photos will look distorted since the distance is limited and you have to use an ultra wide-angle lens.

Photo Studio Set up

2. Lights

Photography Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important factor in a good product photo. There are a lot of studio lights to choose from that claim to do certain things to help you with flash photography. The basic types of lights you want will be one of these three:

Constant Lights

These are lights that can be on all the time. Most of them are LED lights. They are good light source because you can instantly see how the light will fall on the subject. However, they often lack the brightness and power that you can find in a speedlight or strobe. Some model such as YN600L LED light has a good brightness of 4800Lumens; Yongnuo YN1200 pro LED light has a extrem high brightness at 9300 Lumens.

Yonguo YN600 L Led light source

Constant lights are not very portable or much good outside. But some models such as Yongnuo YN300AIR is quite small and light, just half of a A4 paper size and 500g, like a bottle of water.

Before getting a set of constant lights, consider the brightness, size, and weight.

Speedlights These are compact flashes that are easy to set up. The best way to use these lights is in conjunction with radio triggers and receivers. This allows you to use them off-camera and not be tethered by cords as you move the lights around the studio. You can also take these lights with you anywhere because they are so small. Most of the new flash has build in transmitter to save your money and trouble to get a receive on the slave flash. Some factors to take into consideration are recycle time, power output, and TTL compatible.

Godox V860II Speedlight

Godox TT350 mini speedlight

Studio Strobes

A studio strobe is a high powered flash that use power adapter. These are a dream when compared to the speedlight and constant light, but they come with a high price tag. They have great output and an incredible recycle time that is sure to never slow you down. Studio strobes are often a photographer's choice for any studio setup if their budget allows. The downside to these lights is that they are heavy and need to be plugged in all the time. A good news is that there are some choices for budget photographers: Godox SK400 II has a 400W power at quite attractive price, Godox AD200 strobe is quite light and portable, not expensive but powerful and have build-in transmitter.

Godox SK 400 II 400W Studio Strobe Light

Godox AD200 Pocket Flash

3. Lighting accessories

Light accessories control the effect the light from the lights. There are a lot out there to choose from, umbrellas, soft boxes, beauty dishes, strip banks, flash benders, and more.

Umbrellas Umbrellas are intended to spread light. This is a nice choice if you are trying to light a large area or a group of people. You have little control over where the light goes because as far as the umbrella is concerned, you are not trying to limit its reach.

Studio Umbrella

There are different types of umbrellas out there, but for a home studio purpose, stick with a white shoot-through umbrella or a small silver reflective umbrella. These are highly portable and very cheap depending on what you get.

Softbox A softbox gives you greater control over the direction of the light. These are often seen on constant lights, but they can be attached to speedlights and studio strobes as well. Softboxes are more expensive to get into and less portable than umbrellas. However, you get better control over the light so these are great for smaller studio situations where you're trying to keep the light from going everywhere.

Godox 80x80cm softbox

4. Have a Good Backdrop

The backdrop is merely a background for your setting. In home studios, nice backdrops are often seamless so they don't distract from the subject and instead provide a clean, simple look. There are a lot of different backdrops you can buy; they range from plain white to printed graphics and locations, with all sorts of things in between. 100% cotton backdrop is recommended at it has minimum refection. The only limitation on the number of backdrops your studio can have is determined by how much space you have to store them.

Photography Cotton Muslin Backdrop

Trendy backgrounds are just plain solid colors. You can get neutral colored backgrounds and use gelled lights to change their color, or use Photoshop to edit different colors or backgrounds onto them.

The idea behind having a good background for your photos is to remove distractions, enhance professionalism, and add to the control you have as a photographer over your photos.

5. Soft lightbox

Soft lightboxes are invaluable to product photographers. Whether you purchase this epic piece of equipment or design one yourself out of household items, you absolutely need a softbox or two in your photography studio. There are product soft lightbox kits available in the market with different size.

Portable Photo Studio Lighting box

To use your lightbox, place your product in the center of the box and set up your camera so that you can shoot directly into the open “window.” Whether you are using natural or artificial light, you will notice that the light streams in through the paper softly, lighting your product evenly on all sides.

If you are using natural light, position your box so that one window is located to the left or right of the box, or so that light can stream in evenly on both sides of the box. You will encounter a similar principle when arranging artificial lights. You can even try using three lamps—one on each side and the other hanging above the setup.

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