Now available in a wide-variety of colors from Savage, the uses of gaffer tape are endless on set and location shoots. As filmmaker Danny Greer exalted, “It’s the Swiss Army knife of photography.”
If you’re making the transition from photography enthusiast to professional, you’ve probably thought about setting up your own home studio. Before you make the leap and open your home to clients, be sure you have a set-up that will deliver professional results.
Prop styling is a fun and creative way to add that extra panache to your images. Clients will appreciate a professionally styled shot that utilizes props to illustrate their products’ features and gets customers motivated to buy. If you don’t have the budget to hire a professional stylist, spend some time learning the nuances of prop styling.
We all know about cameras and lighting equipment and all the usual stuff that photographers need to make pictures, but what about all the other little things that go into making a photographer’s life complete? You know, those items that sit forever on your shelf gathering dust until the day comes when you cannot live without it?
While there are many inexpensive substitutes to a studio backdrop such as a bed sheet or plain wall, you will soon discover that “you get what you pay for”, and that using a nice solid photo backdrop is a great idea irrespective of your desire to cut costs.
At its best photography is inspired by light. Whether it’s a rich shade of purple on a canyon for two minutes following sunset, or the warm cast of tungsten lamps on a model’s bare skin, it’s the light that guides our work. It doesn’t matter if I’m shooting indoors or out, my focus on finding great light is the same.
Go into your studio. Take a look down at your feet. Now go a few inches farther down and take a good look at the floor. It’s probably dirty, and no amount of cleaning is going to make it look any better than it is now. Don’t worry, there is a solution, especially if you’re going to create something beside your standard backdrop: Floor Drops.
Allow me to introduce you to our subject of the day. Meet Nigel. He is a 16-week-old fawn Great Dane puppy and has spent quite a bit of time in front of my lens lately.
The first thing that can be said of a studio is that it is important to keep it filled up. With clients, that is. It’s important, especially if you’re renting a space, to make sure it pays for itself.