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Studio Photography 101

Studio photography offers a blank template for a photographer to create virtually any setting and tone he desires. Mix up your shoots with various professional backdrops and floor drops, experiment with studio lighting techniques, and implement all kinds of posing props! If you’re new to the studio it all can seem daunting, but don’t let that stand in the way of creating your dream photo setup!
What’s in Your Photography Bag?

What’s in Your Photography Bag?

I usually carry at least 2 backdrops with me. I’ve found that if I carry the Blue Jean Paper and Plum Paper backdrops that between the 2 of those at least one will be a perfect fit for the animal I’m photographing. This is because dogs aren’t blue or plum colored, so both backdrops will typically contrast quite nicely with the animal. I also have a few other colors in my arsenal that I use either to meet client needs (if they know that they’re going to hang a photo in a specific room and they need a specific color to look good there, I want to be able to accommodate) or for if I’m photographing a different type of animal that I think might look better on another color.

The Importance of Proper Backdrop Storage

The Importance of Proper Backdrop Storage

Photography backdrops are one of the best ways to spark creativity and help produce eye-popping work. Without a backdrop, a photographer is at the mercy of available backgrounds such as a boring white wall or perhaps a distracting street scene, neither of which help to complement a subject like a well-chosen photo backdrop.

Savage Drop Stand™: An Easy Set Light Stand for On-the-Go Photographers

On-the-go photographer? Need to be mobile for events such as weddings or birthdays? Then we are excited to introduce our Drop Stand! This easy set light stand has auto-extending and collapsing legs that allow for quick and easy re-positioning of lighting. This unique tool allows a photographer to navigate tight crowds no matter the event.

New at the Studio: Savage Drop Stand™ Easy Set Light Stand

New at the Studio: Savage Drop Stand™ Easy Set Light Stand

We’re proud to introduce the new Savage Drop Stand™ – An Easy Set Light Stand! Auto-extending and collapsing legs allow for quick and easy repositioning of lighting when moving between groups and in tight spaces. Our friend, Rob Lopshire of Lopshire Photography, recently had the chance to test out a couple Drop Stands in his own studio. Check out his experience on his blog!

Helpful Savage Gear to Setup Your Photography Studio!

Helpful Savage Gear to Setup Your Photography Studio!

When I signed my lease I really had no idea of what I needed and it took me a little while to figure out what was a smart purchase for the studio over something that would become expensive clutter. Aside from backdrops, backdrop stands and lighting rigs, I’ve outlined other items that I wish someone told me to buy when I moved into my studio!

Do You Really Need a Backdrop Stand?

Do You Really Need a Backdrop Stand?

The reasons for investing in a quality backdrop stand can become painfully obvious when working without one. Why buy a set of muslin backdrops or seamless paper or any other type of photo background if you can’t arrange them easily behind your subject? A good background stand makes it possible to realize the creative potential in your photography backdrops. 

Budget Photography for the Hobbyist

Budget Photography for the Hobbyist

If you are a photo hobbyist, you probably drool at ads of the latest high-end equipment. This equipment can be confusing and expensive. You can achieve professional looking images without all of the high-end gadgets. Five factors go into your images: equipment, studio set-up, lighting, styling and post-production. Here are some low-budget photography solutions for each of these areas.

Creating the Ultimate Portable Photo Studio

Creating the Ultimate Portable Photo Studio

Although numerous, top professional photographers use complicated, studio-based lighting set-ups, many photographers choose to keep it stripped down. If you are one of those minimalist shooters that want to be able to travel light yet create professional looking, high-quality images, here are some products and techniques that will allow you to build the ultimate probable photo studio.