Digital Studio Photography
Control your Environment with Digital Studio Photography!
Digital studio photography ranges from taking portraits of people in a controlled environment to taking what is known as “pack shots” of products, also in a controlled environment. Lots of photographers avoid the formality of the studio, while others prefer to work within the confines of digital studio photography. The main benefits of digital studio photography are that you can control the light used on your subject and you can decide exactly what sort of background you want – although this will normally be restricted either to a wall or a backdrop roll in a particular colour.
Studios used by photographers range in size from huge to relatively small. It really depends on the type of work they are planning to do. For example a photographer who is going to focus on portraiture won't need lots of space, whereas if he or she is planning to do pictures of vehicles, or wants to do décor set-up shots that look as if they have been taken in a room in a house, then they are going to need a whole lot for space. They will also need an area that a vehicle can drive into. This can also be a great advantage to those photographers who do pack shots, because it often means transporting enormous numbers of items that need to be shot for example for a brochure or a catalogue.
Backdrop rolls are usually about 10 ft or 3 m wide. So that will be the minimum dimension for the room that you use. Having natural light that you can block out if you need to will be a bonus.
The fact that you are going to work within a controlled environment means that you will inevitably need extra flash and lighting. Some high-end digital cameras and most single lens reflex cameras have what is called a flash synchro (or synchronization) terminal. You will use this to plug the studio flash in so that it will be triggered by the camera. Traditionally these light systems comprise large lights that often have reflectors, that are like large umbrellas, attached to them. They also need to be plugged into a mains power system. Just bear in mind that they are expensive, so only go this route if you are absolutely certain that you are going to pursue digital studio photography.