Home Gear Flash & Lighting Instant Portrait Studio
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Instant Portrait Studio

Five essential tools for creating stunning portraits at home

This Article Features Photo Zoom


Ever thought of opening your own portrait studio? With a few key pieces of gear and a little space at home, you can start earning extra income photographing friends and neighbors and grow your business with referrals.

You may already have a lot of the gear you'll need. Here are the components for a basic setup.

BACKDROP
One of the most important investments for your new portrait studio is a backdrop, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to get started. Westcott's X-Drop is a complete kit, including a stand and a 5x7-foot backdrop for $99. Additional backdrop colors are available for around $49, including standard black and white, a few traditional patterns and a greenscreen backdrop if you want to add digital backgrounds to your portraits. The X-Drop sets up in about a minute and collapses down to fit into the included travel case that's less than three feet long, so it's easy to bring on location, too.


Sigma 85mm F/1.4 EX DG HSM

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

LENS
Most professional portrait photographers use a moderate telephoto lens because that focal range allows them to crop out background distractions while working a comfortable distance from the subject. Telephoto lenses also compress perspective, which is generally flattering for portraits as this reduces the prominence of the nose. Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a great zoom lens for APS-C cameras, with a 35mm equivalent of about 36-105mm, plus Vibration Compensation when you want to handhold. Sigma's prime 85mm F/1.4 EX DG HSM is another great portrait lens, ideal for full-frame shooters. Both lenses have fast apertures to create pleasing bokeh and soft backgrounds.

3 Comments

Add Comment

 
 
 

 
  • International residents, click here.
Check out our other sites:
Digital Photo Pro Outdoor Photographer HDVideoPro Golf Tips Plane & Pilot