By Thierry Senécal
April 21st, 2021
Maybe it's the glamour of it all, but many photographers want to set up their own home studio. An advantage of proximity and availability, a home studio will allow you to realize small and big projects: professional looking portrait sessions, product photography for your online store or a perfect setup for your next zoom meeting.
The first thing to consider when learning about portraiture in a studio is without a doubt a reflector. Flexible and portable, it will allow you to work with natural light, both indoors and outdoors. Moreover, it is the ideal tool if you have large windows at home. Use it to maximize the light they provide to generate soft, natural lighting. Combine it with a wide-aperture lens, f/1.4 or f/2.8 and you're in business!
If you have to work in a room that lacks light, you will have to use flashes to compensate for this deficit. For a portrait session, you don't need to have flashes that generate a lot of power. In fact, in my home studio, I use 3 Godox V1 flash heads, linked to a Godox X-Pro transmitter. I install my main flash in a very large umbrella, since the larger the light source, the softer the light will be and therefore more pleasant on my subject's face.
The advantage of using this Godox kit is that I can leave my flashes in TTL mode. Thus, my camera will automatically adjust the flash dosage. When I want to work in manual mode, I use a Sekonic L308 light meter to measure the light output of my flashes.
When I use a backdrop, I use a flash with barn doors to direct the light onto it.
If I am working with a white background, in order for it to be impeccable, I opt for 2 flashes so that the entire surface is well lit.
PRO TIP: Pop up backdrops are ideal for small spaces and take up very little space when stored!
With these accessories, you'll have everything you need to take beautiful, professional portraits in the comfort of your own home. Plus, it's an affordable solution for beginners and advanced photographers too!
Now it's your turn to play. Have a good photo session!
Thierry Senénal's Studio Equipment
V1 Round Head Flash for Canon
LS2(N) Deluxe Light Stand
X-T4 Body Only (Black)
Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
V1 Round Head Flash for Nikon
Sekonic L-308X Flashmate Light Meter
32" Reflector (5-in1)