photography studio setup service, consultation and training

When you hire me as a professional photographer, usually you get the whole package.

Firstly, there’s initial consultation. We discuss a variety of possible approaches, figure out where your image will be used, talk technical requirements and other things. In other words, we look deeper and put together a photoshoot plan.

Secondly, comes the execution of that plan. With plenty of room for adjustments and problem solving along the way.

Thirdly, depending on your needs, photographs get worked on in editing software. That includes, but is not limited to, color correction, retouching, background removals, etc.

"GIVE A MAN A FISH AND YOU FEED HIM FOR A DAY; TEACH A MAN TO FISH AND YOU FEED HIM FOR A LIFETIME."
― UNKNOWN
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Panoramic view of my photography studio.

what is “good enough” pictures ?

On the other hand, maybe you really don’t need that the extra. In short, what you’re looking for is “good enough” images. And by “good enough” I mean images, that are better than the ones you take with your phone. Images that doesn’t need to be color corrected, retouched, or edited in any other way.

In other words, you’re looking for better than average quality images that are consistent and informational. For example, product images for your eBay store, Shopify website, or product images for your social media.

Sure, you could hire someone if you have budget for it. But for those who have limited budget, building your own mini photo studio and learning how to DIY, makes perfect since. Especially if you’re running an online store where your inventory is updated frequently.

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“Good enough” picture on the LEFT (BEFORE) are straight out of the camera image. Image on the RIGHT is minimally processed in Lightroom and retouched in Photoshop. Please note, that the item photographed is in “used” condition and has permanent blemishes.

why build your own product photography studio?

With this in mind, I offer photography studio setup service and consultation to every client that comes to me looking for simple, yet “better than average” looking images.

Why not to help people and show how to do it themselves?

Again, there are some projects that I definitely discourage from doing it yourself. Because these projects require skills and knowledge that cannot be explained in a few consultations.

But those, who need images of products or inventory that are (will be) photographed over and over again in the same environment, building your own studio is a way to go.

Can you do it yourself? Yes!

Can you find all information online? Yes!

Will it be time consuming? Yes, unless you find detailed studio setup breakdown that works for you. Along with the knowledge you’ll need for consistent images.

With this in mind, for those who want to save time and money, I offer photography studio setup or consultation services. in other words, I help to find optimal gear, put it together, and do the training on how it all works.

My photography studio setup service fees start at $950.

My photography studio setup consultation fees start at $450.

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“Good enough” pictures on the LEFT (BEFORE) are straight out of the camera files. Images on the RIGHT are minimally processed in Lightroom and retouched in Photoshop. Item photographed is in “used” condition and has permanent blemishes.

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GREAT TO START, BUT YOU HAVE TO START TO BE GREAT."
― ZIG ZIGLAR

things to consider when building your product photography studio

If you want to do it yourself, below are few things you will need to figure out in order to setup a functional photography studio:

  • Analyze current layout at your workplace to figure what is the optimal area for a photography studio. Consider whether it will be permanent or temporary.
  • Research and purchase photography equipment you’ll need to build your photography studio. Just a heads up- you don’t need anything fancy, but your phone won’t cut it. In general, photo studio equipment includes camera, lenses, tripod, stands, backgrounds, lights and other accessories. There’s a chance that you can use a camera you already own.
  • Learn what your light setup needs to be. This will be determined by what’s you product. Consider whether its images only, or you need video as well. Think about size of the items you’re photographing. Will you be expanding your line of product line in near future? All above will determine type of your lights (continuous vs. strobes), light modifiers and their size, etc.
  • Learn to control your camera in full manual mode. That includes, but is not limited to, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, auto focus, and picture profiles. Again, this will add consistency to your images.
  • Dial in all camera, lights and computer, and make sure it’s all balanced and communicating properly.
  • Learn minimal image editing and retouching if needed.
DIY photography studio built at home

Minimalistic product photography studio setup at home used to photograph Zoom H6 portable recorder.

DISCLAIMER:

My knowledge in any editing software (i.e. Capture One, Lightroom, Photoshop) is based on the skills and style that works for me.

I’ll do my best to help you with your photo equipment, but be prepared to read the manual and watch camera setup tutorials on YouTube by yourself. Its important to realize that I can advise on general settings and don’t know all features of every single camera in the market.