If you are a photographer at heart and have some space to spare in your house, you may be considering setting up a home photography studio. These photography studios are perfect for family portraits or can even be used to start up a business from home. Initially, the process can seem complicated given the wide range of equipment available to photographers.
Below will be a definitive list of only the most essential equipment to get your home photography studio up and running.
There’s not much point in setting up a home photography studio without first having a suitable camera. A DSLR camera has all the suitable functionality you need in order to take portrait photographs. On top of this, they are portable, which you will want as it makes it much easier to move it in, out, and around the studio.
Some cameras can be more complex than others, so do your research and choose one that may be appropriate for your experience level.
Home Studio Lighting Setup
The lighting setup is, of course, one of the most important aspects of a home studio. Even the most basic setup can be effective, consisting of just one light and a reflector, such as an umbrella for example. However, if you have more space, you may want to consider a more advanced lighting setup, such as the three-point portrait lighting setup. Having a larger number of light modifiers can really allow for more effective photo opportunities in your home studio.
Desktop for Photo Editing
It is important that, along with all the obvious camera equipment, you get yourself a computer that is suitable for photo editing. Photo editing software can be quite hard work for a computer to deal with. As well to this you’re going to want a computer that has enough space to store all of your photos.
A desktop PC is recommended as they are more powerful and have more available storage space compared to laptops. If you have a large enough studio, you can, of course, fit in a larger PC. This will be more powerful and, therefore, reliable. However, they do tend to be more expensive, so it is budget dependent as well.
If space and or budget is an issue, you can opt for a micro-tower PC. These are much smaller PC yet have a suitable amount of power for photo editing. These are effective as they keep smaller photo studios less cluttered. If desk space is an issue, you can opt for an all-in-one monitor and PC. These Lenovo photo editing desktops showcase all of the discussed options, so decide which type of PC is best for the studio you have available.
It is easy to forget about printers in the digital age, but one of the main functions of a photo studio is to develop professional-level prints. To do this, you’ll want a printer that’s easy to use as well as mobile, along with Wi-Fi capabilities.
If you get all this equipment, you’ll have a simple, compact, yet effective all-in-one home photography studio. You can take quality photographs with effective lighting, edit them on your PC and print them out all in the same space.