How does one build a smart affordable home studio?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jbaker75@gmail.com, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Guest

    My wife and I recently had a baby girl! and my father in law (who is a
    wonderful photographer) gave his Sony DSC-F717 to me as a gift (as he
    upgraded some time ago). I am not new to taking digital photos, but I
    would like to become more serious. I know the DSC-F717 is a bit old,
    but it seems it is still a great camera.

    In particular I would like to buy some lighting and equipment to set up
    a simple home studio. I am clueless where to start and what resources I
    should look into (lighting, backdrops, etc.) I would appreciate any
    links, advice, help. I am not looking to set up an ultimate system, but
    something for taking great photos using the camera that I can share
    with family and friends, i.e. I don't have a large budget and would
    prefer smart affordable solutions.

    Also I am interested in any links, resources specific to the DSC-F717
    that would be of interest.

    Thank you for any advice.

    Jeff
    , Oct 29, 2006
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  2. In article <>,
    "" <> wrote:

    > I am clueless where to start and I don't have a large budget.


    Save time and money pay someone :^)


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    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Oct 29, 2006
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  3. Stewy Guest

    In article <>,
    "" <> wrote:

    > My wife and I recently had a baby girl! and my father in law (who is a
    > wonderful photographer) gave his Sony DSC-F717 to me as a gift (as he
    > upgraded some time ago). I am not new to taking digital photos, but I
    > would like to become more serious. I know the DSC-F717 is a bit old,
    > but it seems it is still a great camera.
    >
    > In particular I would like to buy some lighting and equipment to set up
    > a simple home studio. I am clueless where to start and what resources I
    > should look into (lighting, backdrops, etc.) I would appreciate any
    > links, advice, help. I am not looking to set up an ultimate system, but
    > something for taking great photos using the camera that I can share
    > with family and friends, i.e. I don't have a large budget and would
    > prefer smart affordable solutions.
    >
    > Also I am interested in any links, resources specific to the DSC-F717
    > that would be of interest.
    >

    The room should be long rather than square. set up a roller for the
    background papers at one end. Incandescent lights are cheap to start
    with, and an umbrella flash is probably very useful. Remember that
    successful portraits means there is no shadow on the background paper -
    you need at least 1 meter from the background. Plain papers as well as a
    darker mottled look makes great backgrounds. These papers are expensive
    but it's well worth the cost.

    Enroll at a local evening class, preferably at an art college so they
    have a studio that you can examine to see what you need. This will also
    familiarise yourself with basic lighting techniques.
    Stewy, Oct 29, 2006
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  4. bugbear Guest

    wrote:
    > My wife and I recently had a baby girl! and my father in law (who is a
    > wonderful photographer) gave his Sony DSC-F717 to me as a gift (as he
    > upgraded some time ago). I am not new to taking digital photos, but I
    > would like to become more serious. I know the DSC-F717 is a bit old,
    > but it seems it is still a great camera.
    >
    > In particular I would like to buy some lighting and equipment to set up
    > a simple home studio.


    There seems little point. A studio (in the sense you're using)
    is only good for a limited range of studio shots.

    Pro photographers use such studios to make a small
    number of fairly-non-varying shots of a large
    number of subjects.

    Whereas your requirment is a large number
    of varied (and hopefully interesting) shots
    of a small number of subjects.

    I'd would (assumption alert!) assume that your
    father would prefer shots of his beloved grandson in
    a wide range of environments and contexts; garden, beach,
    feeding the cat, first cycle ride etc.

    Studios are not a pre-requisite of "good" photography;
    e.g. many famous protraits are done in the sitters home.

    BugBear
    bugbear, Oct 30, 2006
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  5. Chris Dubea Guest

    On Sun, 29 Oct 2006 00:13:09 -0400, Little Green Eyed Dragon
    <> wrote:

    >In article <>,
    > "" <> wrote:
    >
    >> I am clueless where to start and I don't have a large budget.

    >
    >Save time and money pay someone :^)


    Are you ALWAYS this helpful?
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    Chris

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    Chris Dubea, Oct 31, 2006
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  6. Bill K Guest

    wrote:
    > My wife and I recently had a baby girl! and my father in law (who is a
    > wonderful photographer) gave his Sony DSC-F717 to me as a gift (as he
    > upgraded some time ago). I am not new to taking digital photos, but I
    > would like to become more serious. I know the DSC-F717 is a bit old,
    > but it seems it is still a great camera.
    >
    > In particular I would like to buy some lighting and equipment to set up
    > a simple home studio. I am clueless where to start and what resources I
    > should look into (lighting, backdrops, etc.) I would appreciate any
    > links, advice, help. I am not looking to set up an ultimate system, but
    > something for taking great photos using the camera that I can share
    > with family and friends, i.e. I don't have a large budget and would
    > prefer smart affordable solutions.
    >
    > Also I am interested in any links, resources specific to the DSC-F717
    > that would be of interest.
    >
    > Thank you for any advice.
    >
    > Jeff


    Mr. Baker,
    You can do a lot with incandescent light, natural light and reflectors.
    Sheets can make excellent backdrops. Check out
    http://www.calumetphoto.com and http://www.bhphotovideo.com.

    Good luck and have fun
    --
    Bill
    Bill K, Oct 31, 2006
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