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MOST USEFUL DSLR ACCESSORIES … STUDIO LIGHTING

(Including, props, quirky tips, backdrops and a special mention for the God of photography, Photoshop!)

A mischievous guide by Antoine De Bent

Now here’s an opportunity to really have some fun; buy yourself a set of studio flash lights and create a studio in that spare bedroom. I have such happy memories of doing exactly that, about 200 years ago if my memory serves me right.

The thing is, a studio sets new challenges and opportunities; get it right and, believe it or not, people will actually pay to be photographed; the Brits just love studio portraiture!

In fact, studios are one of many ways for you to make money with a camera. Enough of that for now, making money from your camera is a whole new subject for a whole new day!

Studio equipment, these days, is generally lightweight, portable and easily erected and dismantled; some sets, such as the Godox DE-300 flash light kit, pictured above, actually come with a carrying case. Have studio will travel!

SaleBestseller No. 1
BPS 1250W Continuous Lighting Kit Studio 50x70cm/20'x28' Softbox Photography Lighting Set - 50cm x 70cm Softboxes + Fully Adjustable Aluminum alloy Light Stand + 125W Photo Studio Light Bulbs + Heavy Duty Portable Carry Bag
266 Reviews
BPS 1250W Continuous Lighting Kit Studio 50x70cm/20"x28" Softbox Photography Lighting Set - 50cm x 70cm Softboxes + Fully Adjustable Aluminum alloy Light Stand + 125W Photo Studio Light Bulbs + Heavy Duty Portable Carry Bag
  • The kit included: 【2】50x70cm/20"x28" softbox+ 【2】125W 5500K CFL Light Bulb+【2】78"/200cm Light Stand +【1】Carrying Bag
  • 【High-efficiency and Energy-saving】 2 x 125W 5500K CFL Photo light bulb (equivalent to approx. 2 x 625W normal lamp), Low operating temperature, Daylight Balanced Pure White Light, General colour rendering index (CRI) Ra>92. It's more brighter than others.
  • 【Stable and Adjustable】Aluminum alloy Lighting Stand, Adjustable Anti-Shock, durable and lightweight, Tripod Section diameter: 25.2mm/22.2mm/19.3mm. And use quick single action locks,providing fast precision height adjustment. Comes with a carrying bag to transport and protect the euipment easily.
  • 【High quality and Durable】50x70cm/20"x28" softbox reflector with removable front diffuser,easy to set up. 3m cable, UK plug, E27 socket.
  • 【1 Year Warranty】 Professional Photography Studio Setting for Perfect Shooting,video.100% new with high quantity.Complete package for setting up your own lighting system.1 Year Warranty
Bestseller No. 2
BPS 1.6m x 3m Adjustable Photo Studio Backdrop Screen Support Stand System Kit - 3m x 1.6m Non-Woven Black White Chroma Key Green Backdrop screen + Background Support System + backdrop clamps + Carry bag- For Photography and Portrait
149 Reviews
BPS 1.6m x 3m Adjustable Photo Studio Backdrop Screen Support Stand System Kit - 3m x 1.6m Non-Woven Black White Chroma Key Green Backdrop screen + Background Support System + backdrop clamps + Carry bag- For Photography and Portrait
  • This backdrop stand kit includes:【1】backdrop support stand, 【2】Non-woven backdrops/backgrounds(Black,White,Green),【3】background clamps,【1】carrying case.
  • 【Backgrounds】2*3x1.6m Non-Woven fabric Backdrops(White/Black/Green), it is logical-friendly and a cost effective alternative to 100% Cotton Muslin. It is non-reflective and easier to handle and maintain. Helps to bounce the light and help brighten everything up. Can also help brighter colours
  • 【Stable & High Load Capacity】Backdrop stand : Aluminum alloy, Load capacity:6kg. Tripod Section diameter: 25.2mm/22.2mm/19.1mm, sturdy, can be used as light stand if needed. 2 x Telescopic Crossbar (diameter:25.2mm), more Stable than 3 separate crossbars. Adjustable from 100-200cm,light stand adjust 73cm to 200cm.
  • 【Carry Bag and Clamp】Professional Photography Studio Setting Kit comes with High capacity and durable Oxford fabric carry bag, and three useful and durable backdrop clamps.
  • 【Multifunctional】This kit is large enough for most photography such as to shoot full portrait shots of a small Groupe of people or provide a full background for a variety of poses of a model in a Sitting, Standing or even Lying position.
SaleBestseller No. 3
BPS Adjustable 3x2.8m(10ft*9ft) Pro Portable Heavy-Duty Backdrop Support System Kit 3m * 2.8m- Tripod is adjustable + Carry Bag- Professional Photo Studio Backgrounds Kit
195 Reviews
BPS Adjustable 3x2.8m(10ft*9ft) Pro Portable Heavy-Duty Backdrop Support System Kit 3m * 2.8m- Tripod is adjustable + Carry Bag- Professional Photo Studio Backgrounds Kit
  • Maximum operation height: 2.8m, Width: 3m ( 2 x Crossbars, Adjustable from 1.5m-3m )
  • Material: Aluminum alloy, lightweight and easy to set up
  • Load capacity: 6kg, suitable for different backdrops kit,such as 1.6x2.8m,1.6x3m,2.8x3m,3x6m,muslin,cotton,non woven fabric backdrop or paper one
  • High quality Tripod Section --with three clip locks which is also to be used with the boom arm light
  • A carry case let you carry and transport it easily
SaleBestseller No. 4
BPS Adjustable Cotton Backdrop Support Stand Kit - 2.8m x 1.8m Black White Heavy duty Backdrop screen (100% Cotton Muslin) + 3m x 2m Background Support System +1 Carry Bag - Photo Studio Photography Set- Photo Studio Background Stand Support Kit
123 Reviews
BPS Adjustable Cotton Backdrop Support Stand Kit - 2.8m x 1.8m Black White Heavy duty Backdrop screen (100% Cotton Muslin) + 3m x 2m Background Support System +1 Carry Bag - Photo Studio Photography Set- Photo Studio Background Stand Support Kit
  • 【Durable material 】Professional Photography Studio Setting Kit, easy folded, stretched and setup. Comes with durable Oxford fabric carry bag, portable design.
  • 【Easy to clean】It can be washed by water or machine, either water clean or dry clean. It will save you " Money " on expensive dry cleaning.
  • 【Soft lighting】2pcs 1.8x2.8m 100% cotton Muslin Backdrops(White/Black), 100% Cotton, completely seamless, helps absorb light, minimizes reflections, crimped along the edges to prevent tears, rod pocket on one end to hang on background support.
  • 【Stable and Adjustiable】2m x 3m Adjustable Background Support Stand: Made of aluminum alloy with black matte surface, light weight, but Heavy-duty. 2*telescopic crossbar, height adjustable from 0.8-2m, width adjustable from 1.5-3m. Tripod Section diameter: 25.2mm/22.2mm/19.3mm, Crossbar diameter:25.2mm.
  • 【Jumbo size】This kit is large enough for most photography, such as to shoot full portrait shots of a small group of people or provide a full background for a variety of poses of a model in a sitting, standing or even lying position.

I can see that catch-line emblazoned across the back of your car already.

How much is all this going to cost I hear you squeak! Well, surprisingly, the answer is, not a lot. A cheap set of lights with stands and reflective brollies could set you back as little as £100.

The cheaper outfits are generally ‘imports’; I have used them and they’re quite impressive, although I did once have a set, purchased from a well-known camera chain store, they had a most unusual feature in that, every time I touched one my hair curled; they’re gone, along with most of my hair.

The discerning photographer would probably spend a little extra on a more renowned brand such as Bowens.

What then, ideally do you need to start-up?

  1. A room
  2. At least two studio flashlights, although you can get interesting results from just the one
  3.  Two support poles for the lights
  4. Two brollies or other kinds of diffusers
  5. A background, backdrop or set

OK, I left out camera and the goodwill of your spouse.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Abeststudio 135W Continuous Lighting Kit 50x70cm Softbox Soft Box Photo Studio 5500K Soft box Kit -Softboxes + Fully Adjustable Aluminum alloy Light Stand+135W Photo Studio Light Bulbs
29 Reviews
Abeststudio 135W Continuous Lighting Kit 50x70cm Softbox Soft Box Photo Studio 5500K Soft box Kit -Softboxes + Fully Adjustable Aluminum alloy Light Stand+135W Photo Studio Light Bulbs
  • Package include: 1 x Softbox, 1 x Light Stand, 1 x 135w Fluorescent Bulbs, Photo Studio Continuous lighting kit.
  • (1) x 20"x28"/50x70cm Softbox: Softbox diffuses the light and gives you perfect even lighting when you need for the best shots possible.With socket,you can directly connect light bulbs,fluorescent lamps,or slave flash to offer the light.UK Plug.
  • (1)x135W 5500K CFL Energy Saving Light Bulb( Equivalent to 675W incandescent bulb),save energy up to 80%, deliver true and crisp colors, the new upgrade lamp holder will be more stable and more secure.Provide bright enviroment for taking product photo.
  • (1)x 79"/200cm Aluminum alloy Lighting Stand, Adjustable Anti-Shock , Durable and lightweight, Tripod Section diameter: 25.2mm/22.2mm/19.3mm
  • Flicker Free , Ideal for portraits, studio, photography and video,Set up in minutes to offer you a professional result
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Abeststudio 2 x 135W Continuous Lighting Kit 50x70cm Softbox Soft Box Photo Studio Set Light Bulbs Lamp 5500K Photography 50 x 70 cm Softboxes UK Plug
42 Reviews
Abeststudio 2 x 135W Continuous Lighting Kit 50x70cm Softbox Soft Box Photo Studio Set Light Bulbs Lamp 5500K Photography 50 x 70 cm Softboxes UK Plug
  • 2 x soft boxes, 2 x light stands, 2 x 135w fluorescent bulbs,1x Portable Carry Bag,Continuous Lighting Kit.
  • Aluminum alloy Lighting Stand, Adjustable Anti-Shock , Durable and lightweight, Tripod Section diameter: 25.2mm/22.2mm/19.3mm
  • Photo light bulb 135W CFL 5500K (equivalent to approx. 675W normal lamp),Daylight Balanced Pure White Light,90+ general colour rendering index (CRI)
  • 50x70cm softbox reflector with removable front diffuser,easy to set up. uk plug
  • Flicker Free , Ideal for portraits, studio, photography and video,Set up in minutes to offer you a professional result
Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
Neewer® 700W Professional Photography 24'x24'/60x60cm Softbox with E27 Socket Light Lighting Kit for Photo Studio Portraits, Product Photography and Video Shooting
69 Reviews
Neewer® 700W Professional Photography 24"x24"/60x60cm Softbox with E27 Socket Light Lighting Kit for Photo Studio Portraits, Product Photography and Video Shooting
  • The kit included:(2)24"X24"/60x60cm Softbox+(2)85W 5500K CFL Light Bulb+(2)88"/224cm Light Stand +(1)Carrying Bag
  • This professional kit is perfect for advertising products,photo-art,industrial,scientific and technical photography,photographic reproduction.
  • (2)24"X24"/60x60cm Softbox:Softbox diffuses the light and gives you perfect even lighting when you need for the best shots possible.With E27 socket,you can directly connect light bulbs,fluorescent lamps,or slave flash to offer the light.
  • (2)85W 5500K CFL Light Bulb:Low operating temperature so they don't get hot like the more common photo bulb choices.Provide bright enviroment for taking product photo.
  • (2)88"/224cm Light Stand:Constructed from aluminum alloy,giving them exceptional strength for heavy duty work.And use quick single action locks,providing fast precision height adjustment.(1)Comes with carrying bag to transport and protect the euipment easily.
Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
Neewer® 400W 5500K Photo Studio Continuous Lighting Umbrella Kit with 2 Pieces 33' Black/Silver Umbrella for Portrait Photography,Studio and Video Shooting
7 Reviews
Neewer® 400W 5500K Photo Studio Continuous Lighting Umbrella Kit with 2 Pieces 33" Black/Silver Umbrella for Portrait Photography,Studio and Video Shooting
  • This kit includes:(2)7ft/79"/200cm Light Stand+(2)Single Head Light Holder+(2)85W CFL Daylight Bulb +(2)33"/84cm white translucent Umbrella+(2)33"/84cm Black/Silver Umbrella.
  • (2)The 33"/84cm white translucent umbrella can soften,broaden and diffuse the light output of any tungsten or studio flash source.(2)The single head light holder allows you to attach a bulb to a light stand and add an umbrella.
  • (2)33"/84cm Black/Silver Umbrella softens all light sources while maximizing light spread, and reflects more light than a translucent umbrella or soft-box.
  • (2)7ft/79"/200cm Light Stand:Solid safety 3 legs stages,capable for stable,heavy duty work.And use quick single action locks,providing fast precision height adjustment.
  • (2)85W day-light studio light bulbs:equals to 375W regular incandescent light bulb output.5500K fluorescent spiral bulb generates a close match to natural daylight and a crisper view of the items being illuminated.It is best for photography lighting.
SaleBestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
BPS 1250W Continuous Lighting Kit Studio 50x70cm/20'x28' Softbox Photography Lighting Set - 50cm x 70cm Softboxes + Fully Adjustable Aluminum alloy Light Stand + 125W Photo Studio Light Bulbs + Heavy Duty Portable Carry Bag
266 Reviews
BPS 1250W Continuous Lighting Kit Studio 50x70cm/20"x28" Softbox Photography Lighting Set - 50cm x 70cm Softboxes + Fully Adjustable Aluminum alloy Light Stand + 125W Photo Studio Light Bulbs + Heavy Duty Portable Carry Bag
  • The kit included: 【2】50x70cm/20"x28" softbox+ 【2】125W 5500K CFL Light Bulb+【2】78"/200cm Light Stand +【1】Carrying Bag
  • 【High-efficiency and Energy-saving】 2 x 125W 5500K CFL Photo light bulb (equivalent to approx. 2 x 625W normal lamp), Low operating temperature, Daylight Balanced Pure White Light, General colour rendering index (CRI) Ra>92. It's more brighter than others.
  • 【Stable and Adjustable】Aluminum alloy Lighting Stand, Adjustable Anti-Shock, durable and lightweight, Tripod Section diameter: 25.2mm/22.2mm/19.3mm. And use quick single action locks,providing fast precision height adjustment. Comes with a carrying bag to transport and protect the euipment easily.
  • 【High quality and Durable】50x70cm/20"x28" softbox reflector with removable front diffuser,easy to set up. 3m cable, UK plug, E27 socket.
  • 【1 Year Warranty】 Professional Photography Studio Setting for Perfect Shooting,video.100% new with high quantity.Complete package for setting up your own lighting system.1 Year Warranty

There are two main options for creating a softer more flattering light suited for portraiture. One is the traditional brolly that reflects light and the other is a soft box style whereby the light is diffused by passing through a translucent material. Both options are effective.

Back in the day, studio lighting had to be triggered using a maze of trip-over-able wires and leads; today it’s wire free thanks to the wizardry of infrared and such like. This makes lights so much easier to manoeuvre.

STUDIO BACKDROPS

Backdrop systems are always a problem for studio photographers, some prefer to create a set, utilising and embellishing, the features of a room, staircase, fireplace etc. Fair enough, great idea.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Phot-R Professional 2x3m Adjustable Portable Heavy Duty Photo Studio Backdrop Background Support System Stand 2x2m Light Stands 3m Crossbar Lighting Photography + Carry Case
103 Reviews
Phot-R Professional 2x3m Adjustable Portable Heavy Duty Photo Studio Backdrop Background Support System Stand 2x2m Light Stands 3m Crossbar Lighting Photography + Carry Case
  • You can set up your very own photo studio at home or in the office. Suitable for all levels of photographers from amateurs to professionals. It is large enough for most photographic occasions such as shoots for full portrait shots of small groups of people, web retailers and commercial product catalogues.
  • Portable design, high quality and durable. Fits all items perfectly into the carry case that is included making it ideal for transporting to different locations outside your studio. Also protecting your items from dirt, dust and damage.
  • Backdrop Support System is heavy duty and especially suitable for holding most background backdrops that are up to 3m. Great for home and professional studio use.The Phot-R 2 x 3m Background Support System consists of 2 fully adjustable stands and a four-piece crossbar, made from aluminium for strength and portability.The system assembles in seconds and can be adjusted in height up to 2m. Width can be altered by removing sections of the crossbar
  • Our fully adjustable 2m stands are made from aluminium alloy with a professional black satin finish. They are lightweight and extremely easy to set up. Easily adjust the width by removing a section of the crossbar.
  • Folded Height: 68cm, Minimum Height: 72cm, Maximum Height: 200cm, Minimum Crossbar width: 1.5m, Maximum Crossbar width: 3m
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Excelvan Studio Umbrella Continuous Lighting Backdrop Kit - 3 Muslin Backdrops (White,Green,Black) + 2 Umbrellas + 2X 125W Light Set + Background Support Stand System + Lighting Stand + Portable Bag
174 Reviews
Excelvan Studio Umbrella Continuous Lighting Backdrop Kit - 3 Muslin Backdrops (White,Green,Black) + 2 Umbrellas + 2X 125W Light Set + Background Support Stand System + Lighting Stand + Portable Bag
  • This studio Lighting Kit is a professional kit with everything you need.It includes 2x E27 light holder, 2x lighting set,2x light stand,2 x 33" umbrella,backdrop support system and 3xBackdrop(White,Black,Green ).With this setup you are ready for fashion shots, product shots, photographic reproduction, collectables, video filming etc, or pack it all up as a travel set for those weddings or location shots.
  • 【Light stand】Made of lightweight and durable aluminum alloy, stable & robust construction. You could adjust the height from 67cm to 200cm with 3 section centre column, meanwhile,the quick release levers allows full and smooth height adjustments. Besides, with coarse diameter design, stability can be improved a lot.Compatible with all major photo equipments including reflector umbrella, softboxes, lights, backgrounds, photography lights and more
  • 【E27 Light Bulb and Holder】125W energy saving light bulbs can provide pure daylight white. 5500K,general color rendering index(CRI) Ra > 92 ,just made for photography. With E27 socket, it is suitable for any light holder with E27 socket. Besides, it is able to service 10000 hours. The bubls are protected by styrofoam packing in order to reduce damage rate in transportation. Holder can be mounted on any standard light stand, perfect for holding your photo umbrellas, slave flash or light bulbs.
  • 【33" Photo Umbrella】Translucent snow white, the 33"/84cm umbrella was made of high quality Nylon construction, it's lightweight and easy set up. Steel frame can last longer.In addition, the umbrella could eliminate glare and spots
  • 【Backdrop & Support System】100% Cotton backdrop,please iron the backdrop gently or spray it with warm water to get out of the crease before using. The lightweight but solid heavy support stand supports backdrop up to 10ft in width and extend to maximum height of 6.5ft. It consists of two fully adjustable lighting stands,the height can be adjusted to 6.5ft maximum,while two bars are adjustable from 2.7ft to 5ft, which would be convenient for your various needs.
Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
Phot-R Professional 3x3m Adjustable Portable Heavy Duty Photo Studio Backdrop Background Support System Stand 3x3m Light Stands 3m Crossbar Lighting Photography + Carry Case
103 Reviews
Phot-R Professional 3x3m Adjustable Portable Heavy Duty Photo Studio Backdrop Background Support System Stand 3x3m Light Stands 3m Crossbar Lighting Photography + Carry Case
  • You can set up your very own photo studio at home or in the office. Suitable for all levels of photographers from amateurs to professionals. It is large enough for most photographic occasions such as shoots for full portrait shots of small groups of people, web retailers and commercial product catalogues.
  • Portable design, high quality and durable. Fits all items perfectly into the carry case that is included making it ideal for transporting to different locations outside your studio. Also protecting your items from dirt, dust and damage.
  • Backdrop Support System is heavy duty and especially suitable for holding most background backdrops that are up to 3m. Great for home and professional studio use.
  • Our fully adjustable 3m stands are made from aluminium alloy with a professional black satin finish. They are lightweight and extremely easy to set up. Easily adjust the width by removing a section of the crossbar.
  • Folded Height: 69cm, Minimum Height: 74cm, Maximum Height: 300cm, Minimum Crossbar width: 1.5m, Maximum Crossbar width: 3m
Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
Phot-R 1.6mx3m Photo Studio Non-Woven Photo Studio Machine Washable Backdrop Background White Screen Photography Video
146 Reviews
Phot-R 1.6mx3m Photo Studio Non-Woven Photo Studio Machine Washable Backdrop Background White Screen Photography Video
  • This backdrop is large enough for most photographic occasions such as shoots for full portrait shots of small groups of people, web retailers and commercial product catalogues
  • Made from Non-Woven material it is logical-friendly and a cost effective alternative to 100% Cotton Muslin. It is non-reflective and easier to handle and maintain. Helps to bounce the light and help brighten everything up. Can also help brighter colours, such as red and orange, stand out more.
  • Can be washed and ironed when on its lowest setting. To remove any dirt, use a damp cloth and to get rid of any creases you can iron the backdrop when using the lowest setting and a damp cloth between the backdrop and
  • Please Note: Background Stand is NOT included but can be purchased separately from us. Just type in ASIN number B015OVMMNM into the search bar.
  • Purchase our Muslin Clip Clamps to attach this background to your crossbar just type in ASIN number B01AI2BVF2 into the search bar.
SaleBestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
BPS Adjustable 3x2.8m(10ft*9ft) Pro Portable Heavy-Duty Backdrop Support System Kit 3m * 2.8m- Tripod is adjustable + Carry Bag- Professional Photo Studio Backgrounds Kit
195 Reviews
BPS Adjustable 3x2.8m(10ft*9ft) Pro Portable Heavy-Duty Backdrop Support System Kit 3m * 2.8m- Tripod is adjustable + Carry Bag- Professional Photo Studio Backgrounds Kit
  • Maximum operation height: 2.8m, Width: 3m ( 2 x Crossbars, Adjustable from 1.5m-3m )
  • Material: Aluminum alloy, lightweight and easy to set up
  • Load capacity: 6kg, suitable for different backdrops kit,such as 1.6x2.8m,1.6x3m,2.8x3m,3x6m,muslin,cotton,non woven fabric backdrop or paper one
  • High quality Tripod Section --with three clip locks which is also to be used with the boom arm light
  • A carry case let you carry and transport it easily

However, studio photography has become a tad stylised, people expect what’s gone before; what their friends had, what’s in vogue.

There are now so many backdrop variations; cloths, vinyls, silk, canvas, light projections to name but a few. The themed, one-off backgrounds are most imaginative and often extremely pleasing on the eye. Just look at that Christmas scene! No, it’s not tacky!

(I’ve scattered one or two backdrops/props within this article, courtesy of Amazon. The window ‘drop’ is made from a wipe-able canvas material.)

There are various backdrops available, plain colours from black and white to purple and green; Colorama were, and still are, very popular backdrop papers. The papers come in rolls, small and large, that need to be supported by a cross pole as shown in the above image. Backdrops need to be well lit tin order to eliminate shadows cast by overpowering front lighting.

You could invest in another set of smaller back lights to fill in that shadow behind the subject; or you could use a very dark backdrop that won’t shadow easily. Experiment, be critical and take advice.

Here’s a useful little gadget … the slave unit! Just plug your flashlight/gun into it and bingo! It’ll flash when triggered by any other flash within range, a great, quick way to fill-in background shadows; underused and underrated. One for the camera bag too, as it can be used away from the studio to great effect!

STUDIO PROPS

Ha, got to laugh, my first studio prop was a rubber plant! They were the in thing at the time, along with flares and the mullet hair disaster, as modelled by footballer Chris Waddle: really, what were we thinking of?

Lost my train of thought; ah, the rubber plant! Mine died.

Thankfully, so has the demand for portraiture with random foliage in the background. Nowadays props are much more imaginative, more bonkers in many instances; remember, the public gets what the public wants! Wasn’t that a lyric? Yes, the Jam.

There’s no need to spend a fortune on props, the cute half-moon basket (baby extra), by Generic, really is a simple idea that, with the child’s permission, works well.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
LOVE-BABY Thin Vinyl Photography Background Retro Grey Photo Backdrops Props for Studio 5x7ft/150x210cm 14-338
5 Reviews
LOVE-BABY Thin Vinyl Photography Background Retro Grey Photo Backdrops Props for Studio 5x7ft/150x210cm 14-338
  • Size:Wide 1.5m x high 2.1m.
  • Material: Vinyl
  • Waterproof: Yes. Glare: No
  • Pole Slot: No
  • Seams: No
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
LOVE-BABY Thin Vinyl Backdrop Classic Brick Wall With Wood Floor Photography Background 10X10FT/300x300cm Photo Props For Studio / Stage / Events DZ369
  • The material is vinyl, size is 10X10ft(3m x 3m).
  • It's not seamless. Because width of vinyl is only 5ft.And there is no pocket.
  • It can fold, easy to carry.
  • It can swab with water, easy to keep clean.
  • Our vinyl backdrops are waterproof, glare free and roll out flat.
Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
LOVE_BABY Thin Vinyl Seamless Studio Background Wonderland Photo Backdrop Movie Theme Photography Prop 5x7ft/150x210cm 6695
19 Reviews
LOVE_BABY Thin Vinyl Seamless Studio Background Wonderland Photo Backdrop Movie Theme Photography Prop 5x7ft/150x210cm 6695
  • Wide 5ft(150cm), High 7ft(210cm), the backdrop is seamless and not pocket at the top.
  • Material is thin Vinyl, very strong, waterproof, durable and winkle free.
  • This kind of photography backgounds is Light and durable,Non-reflective ,Not washable but can swab ,Easy to keep clean.
  • Using advanced high-tech inkjet technology and equipments, the Color fidelity,Artistic effect,Stereo sense is strong.
  • Ideal for any professional or private photography, wedding , party , activities, any big events or decorations, product photography, portrait backgrounds, stage backdrops,photoshoot backdrop etc.
Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
Aaloolaa Photography Backdrops Photo Background 3D Animals Zebra Giraffe Fence Tree Blurry Floors Boy Kid Girl Newborn Children Baby Portrait Zoo Scene Props for Video Shooting Studio 3x5ft Vinyl
  • Material: vinyl, light weight and it can be folded & portable; High resolution and quality & not easy fade; It can swab with water, easy to keep clean
  • With the size of 3x5 ft/ 100x150 cm, the backdrop is ideal for both object and portrait shooting like kids, wedding, home, event, party, newborn, children, adults, and product photography. Also perfect for television, video production and digital photography, as well as for video live backdrops or displays
  • Using a series of high-tech digital design and professional computer-printed, it makes the shooting effect more real and more colorful. Different lighting will have different shooting effect,you can try to adjust the lights to make your photos better
  • The digital photograpghy backgrounds will be sent by folded, if you received it and found there is a slight crease above, please do not worry, please use the iron to iron the back side (without the image), crease will be easily to get out
  • The photo backgrop is glare free and roll out flat; It is great for studio photography. Easy to hang up straightly or naturally. We support the shooting backgrounds customized as your request, please contact us by email or message. We have always been doing our best to provide you the best service and reliable products. And your suggestion will make us do better, let you more satisfied

Shop around, charity shops are a great source of inspiration and bargains. Hats, beanbags, toys that’ll look cute and help keep attention, clothes for kids and adults; start making a wardrobe of styles and colours. Scarves are a simple prop that add instant colour and warmth to portraiture.

How about a bomber jacket for some glamour photography? Maybe, maybe not.

The red mushrooms (toadstools) are very quirky; a lovely way to lift your portraiture above the ordinary; professionally made, lightweight glass fibre construction. The barrel (below), by the way, is made of compressed foam; both props available by Walimex Pro on Amazon.

Whether you’re running a studio as a hobby or a profession, throw yourself into the project! You’ll be guaranteed fun, fun, fun all the way!

Times have changed. During the haydays of film photography a mistake had to remain a ‘mistake’.

Nowadays, Photoshop, and like computer programs, are available to correct your lighting and composition mistakes; arguably leading to sloppy camera and studio technique. Suffice to say, get the exposures and lighting right and thus minimise the hours spent on your computer trying to rescue the often un-rescuable.

However Photoshop is amazing! It is the industry standard of excellence.

PHOTOSHOP – a special feature, for a phenomena beyond special!

Photoshop has attributes much akin to that of our old companion, duct tape! They do have one thing in common; the means to salvage that which is defective.

I must confess, Photoshop has saved my bacon on quite a few occasions. Yes, I’ve added Uncle Albert in that all important family group; because the swine was absent, in the bar, at that crucial moment. And yes, I’ve removed that glowing ripe spot from the bride’s neck … guilty as charged, and mightily grateful to the photographer’s lifejacket that is Photoshop.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 (PC/Mac)
134 Reviews
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 (PC/Mac)
  • Adobe Photoshop Software help to Organize: It's easier than ever to find photos by the people in them, the places they were taken and the events they depict.
  • Edit: Make any snapshot extra-special with everything from one-click fixes to artistic looks.
  • Create: Surround yourself with your memories by creating beautiful collages, slideshows, calendars, scrapbook pages, and cards.
  • Fix photos by the batch - Edit a batch of photos at one time.
  • Share: Share with friends and family the way that works for you-Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more.
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Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan: Photoshop CC Plus Lightroom - 12-Month Licence - Download (PC/Mac)
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Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan: Photoshop CC Plus Lightroom - 12-Month Licence - Download (PC/Mac)
  • The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan features the world's best photography tools, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom desktop, mobile, and web at an amazing price.
  • Do serious photography work anywhere with Lightroom mobile and integration with Adobe Photoshop Mix.
  • Always stay up to date. Automatically get access to the latest features and product updates.
  • Access an extensive library of video tutorials to get you up to speed quickly and master new skills.
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Adobe Photoshop CS6
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  • Download + serial key
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15 (PC/Mac)
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15 (PC/Mac)
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  • Organize - It's easier than ever to find photos by the people in them, the places they were taken and the events they depict.
  • Edit-Make any snapshot extra-special with everything from one-click fixes to artistic looks, and turn rough clips into real movies you'll watch over and over.
  • Create-Surround yourself with your memories by making beautiful photo slideshows, calendars, scrapbook pages, and cards, and bring collages to life with photos and videos together.
  • Make your photos look terrific - Make any snapshot extra-special with everything from one-click fixes to artistic looks that will wow friends and family.
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The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
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The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
  • Glyn Dewis
  • Peachpit Press
  • Edition no. 01 (12/22/2014)
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Photoshop will correct exposure issues, sharpen the somewhat out of focus, add colour to the bland and get Uncle Albert out of the bar!

How did we manage pre-Photoshop? Well, perhaps we took more care, sent a runner to grapple Albert from his pint; perhaps we took more pride in photographic techniques; although that spot really would have been an irreconcilable issue. Enough! No more of these diehard, things ain’t what they used to be, arguments! … Photoshop is simply brilliant!

Just take a look at these before and after photos of the running dogs. Took only, literally, a couple of minutes!

(Photo credit goes to Jackie Meaker, legs credit goes to Anne-Marie Meaker)

What’s more, Photoshop is terrific fun to use. For studio portraiture Photoshop is a Godsend; it’ll get rid of shadows, unwanted legs and can even open the child’s eyes; whilst you’re at it why not make them larger and bluer!

Photoshop can, indeed, be used to enlarge various parts of the human anatomy, see Page 3!

There are quite a few versions of Photoshop on the market, have a look on Amazon, set a budget, take the plunge and never look back.

Hey, just look at me, in the 21st century!

PHOTOSHOP, A TOY FOR BOYS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

A reality check:

Sometimes I really have to pinch myself, I started my studio in the spare bedroom, amid threats of divorce and strangulation. I ended up starting, and running, a retail photographic business, with photographic studio, for the next 30 years. Yes, I am a masochistic optimist.

The point being, apart from the fact I’m wonderful, how times have changed; my last set of portraits were shot, instantly projected onto a screen, sold, Photoshoped and printed within the hour.

By all means, in fact I insist, learn camera and studio techniques but also embrace the new digital technology; it makes photography and life so much easier.

Photoshop is here to stay, even if it’s just for your own gratification, get on board, buy a version now. I look young again, thanks to Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 (PC/Mac), available for around £70, let’s be honest even Harry Potter was never this good!

BOOKS

There are of course many books written on the subject of ‘studio photography’, including the use of Photoshop. Take a look on Amazon; so much choice, so many options.

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Studio Photography and Lighting: Art and Techniques
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  • Christian Hough
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
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How to Set Up Photography Lighting for a Home Studio
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  • Amber Richards
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  • Paperback: 92 pages
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Van Gogh: Sunflowers (Blank Sketch Book) (Luxury Sketch Books)
  • Flame Tree Publishing
  • Edition no. New (03/30/2017)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
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  • Flame Tree Publishing
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Studio photography can be most diverse; from head and shoulders shots, dramatically lit from one side by an unfiltered light source, to photographing products for listing on Amazon, or other well-known sales sites.

Just think of the subjects and styles of photography available:

  • Family portraiture
  • Arty people portraiture
  • Product shots
  • Dogs, children and other animals
  • A little more risqué, boudoir style portraiture perhaps?
  • Natural light photography, using ambient daylight
  • Copy work, reproducing old family photos too large for the scanner

Come on use your imagination!

Books generally are a great source for ideas and learning techniques; however sometimes trial and error is simply more fun! Get in the studio and try out different ideas. Move the lights around, light your subject’s hair, from the front back and sides; makings of a joke there me thinks.

Perhaps buy some coloured filter to put over the flash lights; really, the world, in the immortal words of Hilda Ogden, is your lobster!

Here then are a few more extras you may wish to indulge in:

THE SNOOT

This cone fits over your flashlight head, it directs and concentrates the light to a targeted area, perhaps your subject’s hair. This particular snoot, by Docooler, comes with coloured filters, oh what joy, and a honeycomb grid that’ll split the light for more interesting effects.

You’ll need to ensure that any accessory you purchase is fully compatible with the lighting you have!

DUCT TAPE – seriously! AKA gaffer tape.

Sometimes you’ll get it wrong, you’ll purchase a piece of equipment that just won’t fit any of your existing studio gear, or you’ll need an emergency repair, or botch of some sort; bring on the mighty, lifesaving, incredible and legendry … duct tape.

Also very useful for that screeching child, you know, the one whose only aim in life is to ruin your, potentially lucrative, family portrait session; bless the little rascal … with duct tape!

Duct, or gaffer, tape can now be purchased in amazing colours and patterns; the roll pictured has a ‘Galaxy’ theme. Useful and funky!

No respectable photographer, nor criminal, would leave home without his, or her, duct tape; one for the camera or swag bag. I’m so hilarious.

Top tip most fun prop, and the award goes to …

THE BUBBLE GUN!

Translucent wobbly orbs of joyous soapy rainbows; babes and toddlers are transfixed and will reach tentatively to pop each little floating gem; a portrait of cuteness and concentration.

Even adults can’t resist a smile and the occasional ‘pop’.

Bubbles are cheerful, optimistic and colourful little fellows; they promise so much and then … poof … they’re gone; truly a reflection of life itself … (OK, I’ll stop now).

Seriously, try bubbles; they light so well. Although a lot of guns I’ve experimented with did tend to drip a tad; then again they were, shall we say, inexpensive imports. I never did try the bubble machines; more professional, more bubbles per pint and less dribbley, I assume.

There are also a variety of other, joy bringing, projectile apparatus available; party poppers, confetti, stones, rocks and snow machines.

OK, OK, this last offering is just a useful tip, a trivial inexpensive studio trick used by old lags like myself.

SELOTAPE – well that’s got your attention!

Why on earth, I hear you say, would Sellotape be considered a studio prop? Keep a roll to hand, trust me. In truth it doesn’t have to be the original Sellotape brand, just a clear and sticky similar product.

We’re back to that errant, uncooperative child; I was one myself once, so not making a criticism. Nevertheless, kids do behave like kids. In fact so do adults.

So what’s the trick? We are talking about, roughly, a 3 inch strip of tape.

Give the child a small strip of sticky tape; he, her or it, will immediately give the sticky tape their full attention. TAKE THE SHOT! The tape, being clear, is unlikely to show in the finished photo. If it does, go to … Photoshop.

In conclusion; creating a studio really is a most fulfilling and enjoyable exercise; you may have ready-to-hand subjects, usually your children or grandchildren.

Although, a studio works for all ages and egos. Your very sexy, bearded, spouse may also make a fine subject! And why not … although, she may find more lucrative work in a travelling circus… I’m so funny.