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Alley Cat's tips to great photography

Studio equipmenrt
This is the fhspress.com studio, set up with the basics. Even with the basics, one can reach new heights.
Follow this column for photography techniques and advice from Alison Watkins.

Chapter 15: Studio Photography

The farther you go into photography, the more expensive it gets, and the more it takes over your soul. But don’t worry, this isn’t a bad thing. So far photography made my life amazing and I hope it bears many gifts in the future. Photography may do the same for you.

Studios are very useful to create stunning photos with controllable light. With moveable light sources you can control the shadows and also influence the mood of the photo. There are too many techniques to describe in one article but a quick Google search will get you many of the answers you seek.

Acquiring a studio for your photography at some point in your journey is a great step. Sadly, with great possibilities comes great price.

A full-blown photography studio can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. This includes: lights, soft boxes, backgrounds (A.K.A. a backdrop), stands and tripods, pocket wizards (remote controls for flashes), and other odds and ends that could easily be left out and go unnoticed. Just like any other product there are professional brands and regular brands.

Thanks to eBay, Craig’s List, etc. there are many opportunities to lower the cost of a studio by purchasing used lights and backdrops. Depending on how smart you shop, you can dramatically lower your cost for a studio. If you buy a studio for your own personal use, you don’t have to buy all the bells and whistles, which could also lower your cost.

There is the other option of renting a studio. Some places will have a studio open for rental that you can bring your subjects in and use for an amount of time you normally pay for. This is way cheaper than buying your own studio, but if using a studio on a regular basis then it's wiser to eventually buy your own.

Starting off small is the best way to go, espically when thousands of dollars are on the line.

A good start is having at least two lights. With only one light there can be many unwanted shadows cast upon your subject. Having two lights, one from each side, both pointing at the subject from an angle, will provide even lighting from either side. Using a soft box will help diffuse the light more evenly.

In a typical studio there are two types of lights, constant lights and flashes, also known as strobes. A typical strobe (for a party or concert, for example) will flash constantly, but for photography you'll need less than a fraction of a second of light per photo. There needs to be a way for the camera to activate the lights right when the photo is taken. I have used PocketWizards as a way to connect two separate lights to one camera. They use radio signals to go off simultaneously.

For a full-blown studio there are tons of little extra things that make life a bit easier while working, such as posing tables and reflectors. To know what you need, all you need to do is play a game called "Trial and Error."

Next week is an awesome subject: Lenses and they're specific uses! Check back at the same Alley Cat time, same Alley Cat channel!


Alley Cat's
Photo Tips


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Black and White
Long Exposure
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Back Button Focusing
The Challenges of      
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Studio Photography
FX and DX
Street Photography
Painting with Light
Bokeh vs. Blurry
Tripods and Mounts
File Naming and

-Printing and Resolution

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-Film Photography


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