Home Studio Set-up

This weekend I spent some time doing some studio portraits of my girls.  For what the weather was doing here in Korea, it was either this or nothing at all.  Plus this is a type of photography I would actually like to do more of.  Although it was an exercise primarily for the sake of practice, it still produced some good photos.  

The whole ordeal allowed me to actual get hands-on a couple of lighting set-ups I had been reading up.  On a non-technical aspect of photographer, it pointed out a very important shortfall of the studio photography:  client management.  Two things I need to really get a better handle on is posing the model / subject and managing hyperactive 3-year models.

First, my studio consists primarily of:

  • 2 x Elinchrom D-Lite 400s with 27" softboxes
  • 1 x Canon 580EX Speedlite
  • 1 x 48" Multipurpose Reflector with support stand
  • Savage paper background and stands
  • 1 x Set of Pocket Wizards

The whole set up only takes about 10-15 minutes to set up and that includes moving my couch out of the way.  All of the stands and strobes pack up nicely, which also makes it a very manageable portable set-up (assuming you have a place to plug in).  

Although this has more than I need, I am going to look at a few more toys to add to the mix, like a beauty dish and sock, another large reflector and stand, and a couple of boom arms.  And if I ever start making any money from this stuff, I would invest in a couple of light banks and another set of strobes.  

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