How to Set Up a Photo Studio

How to Set Up a Photo Studio. Creating a studio can be a simple or complex task depending on the desired results, but in either case a few simple rules apply. You need sufficient space, a lot of electrical outlets, the ability to shut out light when necessary etc.

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Set Up a Photo Studio

Choosing the Room

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Find a room that's 15 to 18 feet long to allow for at least 12 feet between the camera and the background, as well as room for lighting equipment.

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Select a room that's at least half as wide as it is long.

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Opt for a room with a simple shape for greatest versatility and a high ceiling to allow for soft, even lighting and high camera viewpoints.

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Paint the walls and ceiling with a washable, white, matte finish.

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Box in or take out fireplaces, alcoves and baseboards to streamline the shape of the room.

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Install numerous electrical outlets or a single heavy-duty outlet with a distribution box on a long cable. Choose the walls you'll use as backgrounds before installing electrical outlets.

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Install a ventilator or air conditioner to reduce the stifling effect of the lighting.

Arranging the Studio

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Decide which walls will serve as backdrops and set up your camera opposite.

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Construct or buy reflector boards (6-foot-tall boards with a white surface on one side) to use for reflecting light into shadow areas.

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Collect a range of props and tools. Build a cupboard to store them in, as well as a dressing room with a full-length mirror if you plan to use models.

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Set up your lighting.