Question from Jade
starting a digital home
|I am just starting to learn more about
photography and have a real interest.
I was hoping you could help with a home studio set up? It's all a bit
confusing and I don't really know where to start and what I really need!
As I am sure you know, this is a vast subject and you will probably
receive as many different answers as people you ask. It is possible to
spend a small fortune on heavy duty professional equipment which you
may not need. Equally, you can start at the very low budget end and
find that the equipment is not really up to the job and it lets you
down at a critical moment.
Before considering any of the alternatives, there are two key questions
1 - What do you want to photograph?
2 - Do you need any additional
equipment at all?
I have seen excellent photographs taken indoors using natural light
with a plain sheet used as a background. By positioning the subject
close to a window facing away from the sun to reduce contrast (hence
the reason artists often prefer such light) you may have all you need.
If you want some fill in light for the shaded side of the subject then
try using a reflector. Again, a simple white board or sheet can do the
job or there are inexpensive reflectors on the market.
As you progress, try introducing a flash or speedlight. Use it in
different positions - off camera and varying its power or distance from
the subject. Consider purchasing a second speedlight which can be
triggered remotely, either by infra-red or by radio such as a Pocket
Try all this out and get to know the capabilities of the equipment you
already have. By doing so you are bound to improve your own photography
and your ability to use one of the fundamental elements to better
photographs - LIGHT
Once you have done so, any additional equipment you might need will
When it comes to light, there are many books available on the subject
and those which have been recommended by better-photographs.com readers
can be found in the "Good
" section. In addition, there are DVDs available. Some
of the best are by the world renowned
photographer - Damien Lovegrove. I have had the pleasure of working
with Damien and have learned a great deal from his excellent DVDs
I hope this helps you - do let me know how you get on.
Enjoy your digital home photography,