In photography, sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. I don’t own a studio, and sometimes renting isn’t the best option (it costs money). So, what is a photographer to do when he wants to make some studio-like portraits?
One improvises. I live in a small apartment, but there is still a white wall without clutter that I’ve used as backdrop for some photo sessions. I also own a black cloth that I use when I want to switch to a black background.
In this case, I used an off camera flash, mounted on a medium sized softbox. Always take your flash off of the camera. I can’t stress this enough. The quality of light you get is incomparably better, and you can shape it to your taste. If you can’t take the flash off of the camera, at least bounce it off the ceiling or a side wall. If you can get a softbox even better, because the light is diffused and you can play with direction and intensity, creating interesting visual effects.
To trigger the lights I used a radio transmitter. When I press the shutter, a signal is sent to the flash, triggering it.
And that’s it, you’ve got a quasi-studio situation. It isn’t ideal, and the types of images you can make are limited, but one can get good results.
Have you improvised a home photography studio? Please share in the comments.
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