Building your home photography studio
Today I would love to share the must have essentials for your home photography studio. The good news is these items are not all that expensive! You may not need all of these to have an effective home studio, but these items will definitely make things easier. If you don’t have a ton of space that is also good news, these items don’t take a ton of space and break down for easy storage. If you are brand new to photography or just purchased a DSLR check out my post here and here.
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The camera I am currently using is the Nikon d610 which is a full frame, FX format 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and expeed 3 image processor to produce high resolution still imagery and 1080p video. Even with the full frame sensor inside, the D610 remains relatively compact and light weight. I recently took this camera on a small hike and it was no problem to carry around my neck. I take a wide variety of images and this camera has not let me down.
The lens I use most is my 50mm f/1.8G Nikkor lens I love it for portrait shots and flat lays. It is light weight and less expensive than some of the other lenses on the market. The 50mm is a great first lens when just getting started. Another great lens to start with is the 85mm f/1.8G fixed lens which is also a prime lens like the 50mm. Both the 85mm and the 50mm allow for great bokeh or blurry background.
Photography backdrop stands are awesome to have in your studio when photographing newborns, young children, and families. I love this LimoStudio adjustable backdrop support system, they are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and store. These stands make a photographers life easier when shooting in your home studio. You will easily be able to get that perfect background that suits your taste every time.
After getting your backdrop stand, you will need something to hang on the stand for you to use as the background for your studio shots. I personally love these self adhesive marble film that I use for my flat lays. These Ella Bella photography backdrops are awesome to use as flooring for newborn and family photos. They easily roll up for quick storage and are very durable and are easy to clean. I also love this retro wood backdrop to hang on my backdrop stand it goes great with a cream shag rug for newborns or families.
You will need clamps to hold your backdrops, these heavy duty clamps do a great job at holding up your backdrop props. These are very decently priced I ordered these from amazon and they have not disappointed me.
Now that you have your camera, back ground props, and stand for your subject, you will need great lighting. I have these soft box lights from LimoStudio they are great and very well priced. They come with a storage bag for easy storage and are super easy to set up and use.
Are a great way to bounce your lighting in the direction you need it to go, these Neewer 43-inch collapsible disc light reflectors work great. They come with 5 different reflectors and are super affordable at only $16.99 these reflectors are a must have for indoor or outdoor photography.
Although a tripod isn’t an absolute necessity it is super nice to have. I use this mactrem travel tripod and I love it, it is perfect for what I use it for (mostly flat lays) it folds small which makes it perfect when traveling and comes with a nice carrying case. Best of all it has an unbeatable price ($39.99)! Having a tripod is also great when photographing children or families or anything really.