Looking to open a studio and need some tips.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Reao, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Reao macrumors member

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    So Photography has ben a hobby/passion of mine for years and I would like to open a portrait studio. Some tips on what I really need for setting up a basic studio. Like how much lighting will I need and stuff like that. I still have a lot of learning I need to do about studio photography and I am open to any help I can get. :p
     
  2. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    Before you pony up the cash for your own studio, check to see if there is a studio co-op where you live. A studio co-op means that there is one studio that many photographers share, and you pay a fee to join that is a tiny fraction of what it would cost to start your own studio from scratch. You schedule time to use the studio in advance. This might have a lower entry barrier than what you're describing.
     
  3. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    Also, it seems like you might be putting the cart before the horse... maybe you should learn all you can about portrait photography and get good at it before you start your own studio
     
  4. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Yes... cart before the horse, I'm afraid. If you're asking questions, here on MR, then you're simply not ready to turn a hobby into a business. It's a tough business at the best of times... and these are definitely not the best of times...
     
  5. Reao thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok after thinking about it I think you guys are right. I know I need to learn more but there is jest so much out there it can be overwhelming. What are some websites and book you guys recommend.
     
  6. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Phew, it looks like we saved you a lot of $$ and heartache. Take a course, or become a portrait photographer's assistant, or get yourself a couple of lights and practise on family, friends, a tailor's dummy, etc. And keep honing your skills to the point where you know you can make a living, and don't have to ask questions on an internet forum... ;)
     
  7. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Post some of your work. Let's see if you're ready. There are lots of wannabe photographers out there who think they're ready. You can't take the enthusiasm of friends and family as proof you're ready, seek the input of your peers and some honest C&C on your skills. If you have the skills, then a business plan is next. You will need insurance. Very few people start out with a physical studio, it's a huge investment and unless you have a very good day job, one that will quickly bleed you dry.

    So let's see some of your work.
     
  8. canonguy macrumors member

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    +1 for co-op idea.

    Not only do you get access to a pro studio and pro equipment... you get access to working professionals, often for around $100/mo
     

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