Starting a Photography Business – Home Based vs. Studio Space

When deciding on a place to run your successful photography business, there are a few options:

Home Based Photography Studio

Many photographers are deciding to run their photo businesses out of their homes. This has several advantages:

o Low overhead – no rent

o No commuting time

o Your work space is tax deductible

o Great if you have kids at home

o Family oriented and relaxed

Disadvantages of a home studio include:

o Lack of sufficient space

o You have to keep a clean house at all times!

o Having strangers in your home

o Some people may view a home studio as not being a “real” business

Buying / Renting a Photography Studio

If your business increases and you can no longer operate out of your home, then it is time to look into purchasing or renting a space for your photography business. Advantages of renting or buying a studio space include:

o More exposure for your business (window displays, foot traffic, drive by traffic)

o More adequate space for your equipment and props

o More adequate space for parking

o Some may view you as having a “real” photography business

o Your work life and home life can be kept separate

Disadvantages include:

o Higher overhead (rent or mortgage) eats your profits

o Commute time

o High prices may keep you out of more desirable neighborhoods or shopping centers

o A less desirable location may mean that you have to lower your prices

Other options

Many photographers choose to shoot “on location” only. This means that they either go to the client’s home or shoot mainly at outdoor locations. This can work nicely because it allows you to avoid renting a space and keeps clients out of your home.

Other photographers may choose to temporarily rent a studio space for a day or more. Some photo studios rent out their space on an hourly basis, but if this isn’t available in your town, consider renting a small conference room at a local hotel (this would be good for a portrait event where you will be photographing numerous families).

Adobe Photoshop – Explore Ways to Edit Your Photos

The goal of a professional photographer is to do everything you can to make the conditions for taking pictures perfect. Ideally you would place your subject in perfect lighting and do everything you can in order to eliminate red eye or other things that can ruin the picture. This is where Photoshop comes in.

With today’s technology, even amateur photographers can take an ordinary photograph and make it look extraordinary. How is this possible? With the power of Adobe Photoshop anyone can turn an ordinary photo into a professional looking one. As a matter of fact, most professional photographers turn to Adobe Photoshop to air brush out so called imperfections in the pictures they took with their SLR camera.

One of the very helpful things you can do with Photoshop is to remove items in your photos. For instance, you may have a plane flying overhead that you would like to eliminate for that perfect, clear blue sky appearance. You can also easily remove imperfections in your photos, such as scars, wrinkles and even pimples. And say goodbye forever to red-eye. These techniques are used by studio photographers who want to make their subjects look perfect.

In fact, the joy of Photoshop is that you can make your Aunt Edna look like Angelina Jolie (albeit with a bit of work on your part). Such is the magic of Adobe Photoshop. With this photo editing software, anything is possible.

You also needn’t worry about not having the latest and greatest digital camera on the market. With an everyday 4 megapixel camera, you are able to studio quality photos with a few clicks of the mouse. You can even take a washed out photo and change it into something incredibly vibrant.

As I mentioned earlier, we have all had the red eye syndrome which can completely ruin a great photo, now these can be edited. No more worrying about red eyes on your subjects as Adobe Photoshop is able to remove them. The lighting tool enhances dark pictures. Simply adjust the brightness of the picture as well as the contrast and it will look like you took the photo in a perfect lighting environment. Back lighted pictures are no longer a problem with Adobe Photoshop.

One of the best things about this program is that it is relatively easy to use. Be warned that it may take some time to become familiar with the tools in Photoshop, but after you are comfortable with the program you will be able to edit pictures like a professional.

Hopefully by now you are aware that you don’t need a digital photo studio in order to make your dull pictures look a little bit better. Photoshop makes the pictures you take look as if it was taken by a professional. Even using an ordinary digital camera, you can be sure that you will be able to take great pictures with the help of Photoshop.

So, if you want to improve how the pictures you take look, then Adobe Photoshop will be able to give you the power to take pictures like a professional. In fact, there are so many possibilities that you can do with your pictures with Adobe Photoshop.

With ease you are able to change the background of the picture or even replace someone’s body with another person’s body.

ONE Path to Instantaneously Superior Pictures is Using the Studio Backdrop

No matter whether you consider yourself like a novice shooter, budding professional, or you simply intend to shoot the best family photographs, there are many – simple – things you can apply to see an instantaneous enhancement…Keep an eye on your Studio Backdrop, move in closer, stay away from camera shake and so on. Here are some painless tricks to use the next time you head out with your film or digital camera.

Even an amateur can create professional-level pictures!

1. Be Prepared

Keep all your shooting equipment prepared for use. Bring together everything you will want in a single area. There’s nothing worse than wanting a certain thing and not being able to locate it. A camera bag is perfect; because it keeps all your stuff all together and lets you take it all with you. Everything in its place.

An effective camera bag will let you organize a miniature tripod, additional batteries, memory cards, and so forth. – including a plastic bag or watertight housing to guard your camera in wet weather conditions.

2. Hold The Camera Steady

Blurry pictures are almost always the results of camera movement. This is usually known as camera shake.

Camera shake can be caused by the wind, slow shutter speeds, vibrations of near by traffic…any quantity of stuff! Just your own shakiness, may cause your camera to shake sufficiently to blur your photos.

Brace yourself and your camera before you shooting the photo. Plant your feet securely upon the ground as well as fold your elbows in near to your sides. Rather than working with the liquid crystal display viewer at the back of the camera (the worst strategy EVER), steady the camera against your forehead and frame the photo working with your camera’s viewfinder.

You may also steady your upper body by leaning against a wall or perhaps a tree.

Pressing a shutter’s release too fierce could pull the camera to the side or downward. Think of it just like the easy pull of the trigger in firing a rifle; softly press your shutter’s release in a single smooth movement. They do not term it “shooting” a photograph for no reason! Otherwise wholly eliminate the issue of camera shake through working with a tripod.

3. Move Nearer To The Subject

One differentiation re: “snapshots” and truly excellent photography often is the arrangement of the photograph.

Unless you are firing a panoramic, open-air landscape, you’ll be able to perk up most photographs simply by means of getting closer to the subject.

Depending on the situation, it is possible to physically go nearer to your model, or else use the zoom setting on the camera (or lens) to get the same outcome.

Make an effort to get near enough to the model so you can eliminate most of the background. Mastering your Studio Backdrop can make a major difference. Fill up the frame with the “star!” You’ll be pleased by the.

4. The Portrait Backdrop – The Experts Underground Weapon

To get the most instant and dramatic improvement to the pictures – make up a few pro Studio Backdrop.

They really are painless to make, cost merely pennies on the dollar over purchasing them and will give your images a polished, photo studio appearance. A first-class Studio Backdrop tends to be the missing link for many beginner photo shooters.

You will want several “Old Masters” type Studio Backdrop as well as a pure white and a pure black. For more easy secrets, take a look at my other articles.