From Living Room to Studio – Here’s How We Do It

We don’t do a whole lot of studio photography – but it’s great having a studio in our home so that we have the freedom to shoot whatever and whenever we choose! I recently mentioned our studio setup on Google+, and I ended up with an inbox full of emails requesting photos of our photography workspace. So, I’ll give you one better. Here’s a video showing how it all comes together.

Almost everything in our studio is built or made from scratch. It’s not necessary to spend a fortune to build a simple studio. A large roll of paper hangs above the window. We hung it with two hooks, a couple of carabiners (generally used for climbing), and a hollow metal pipe (more often used for plumbing). When it’s rolled up, nobody notices it. More hooks hold the large black curtains – which are made from sheets of heavy fabric. When they aren’t in use, they are neatly rolled up and hidden away in the closet. The floor panels are just sheets of thick plywood – with two shiny wallboard panels on top. They spend their down time in the basement – stacked against a wall and out of the way. It’s an incredibly simple solution for us – and it only take a few minutes to set it all up.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.