Tips for building a home photography studio

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Tips for building a home photography studio

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Apr,2015

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home based studioSo you’re thinking of bringing a studio into your home to continue your growing photography business. It’s a lot cheaper than having to lease commercial property space and it also allows for the chance to deduct some of your home costs from your taxes.

But there’s a lot of planning that has to go into creating your studio for clients that could range from infants in their first moments to families for those holiday pictures. The following are some tips to consider when getting ready to build your in-home studio.

Dedicate enough space

You want to be able to operate the studio with enough room to move around and fit families for those annual holiday photographs without tripping over any of your photography gear. It’s also a space where the clients won’t feel like they’re invading your personal space, so you need to have this area separate from the rest of your home. If you can, you could build a studio outside as well so it is a separate entity.

Windows can be a factor

If you go with a room in the home, you’ll have to consider where the windows are placed within the room and how you can use those to your advantage or how they’ll impact the photographs you take. Windows are able to provide soft and even light but it can reduce the creativity you might have planned.

Enough room to zoom

You don’t want to have enough space to take a few steps back and utilize the longer lens, otherwise you’ll feel too cramped in your space and that will reduce the variety of photographs you can take within your studio.

Set up in phases

You don’t have to rush to get this done in one day and you should be able to build it over time. If you buy the different pieces like new floor vent covers and more over a year, or at least several months, you’ll be able to reduce the financial impact the home studio may have.

Consider the ceiling heights

The depth is one thing to consider, but low ceilings can allow for the light to be bounced off of it like a giant reflector that can provide some extra light you might not have planned for otherwise.

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