Interested in pursuing a hobby in photography, or maybe your photo equipment is outgrowing the space your reserved for it in the home? Setting up a studio in your garage is a great way to make use of space that might otherwise be neglected; plus garages have enormous potential for customization suited exactly to your needs. This is an especially great option for those living in more temperate climates where photo equipment may be allowed to remain in place in the garage for an extended period of time.
Photo studios themselves can also be relatively inexpensive to set up, not to mention portable, which is a huge plus if you decide that you’re not quite ready to permanently convert your garage space. If setting up a photo studio in your garage space sounds like it might be a great solution for you, consider these steps to creating a studio that will allow you to produce professional-quality photography right from your garage.
A white seamless backdrop for your in-garage photo studio is essential, but there are also endless possibilities with patterned backdrops and lookalike backgrounds. A photography shop is the best place to get these since they are made specifically for photography and are sized perfectly, but you can also improvise with, say, a clean, wrinkle-free sheet pulled taut at all four corners.
Just as there are options upon options when it comes to photo backdrops, the same is true for flooring. Photography shops manufacture roll-out, authentic-looking flooring, which is perfect for pairing with a fancier backdrop to create the look of an empty room in your photos. These rolls of lookalike flooring are often machine washable and come with no-skid rubber backing. They also absorb light, meaning that they will not reflect flashes and will make for a truly authentic look. One more bonus: a wooden floor lookalike variety can double as a rustic backdrop.
Lighting is truly the most important element in a photo studio. Ample natural-looking light is crucial to creating balanced, well-exposed photos, and the high ceilings that garages have mean that you’ll have a great deal of flexibility in a studio lighting setup. All you need are a couple of light stands for off-camera flashes, umbrellas or softboxes to diffuse the light from those flashes, and a reflector to help direct light onto your subjects. Great photos can be taken with even the most basic and inexpensive studio lighting setups.
A Versatile Garage Door
Here’s the great thing about having a photo studio in the garage: you can open the garage door and essentially have an entire wall of light to work with. With the garage door open, you’ll eliminate the need for other studio lighting pieces and will be able to create stunning photos with just a subject, a background, and the ambient light. Then, when you’re ready for a more controlled lighting setup, you can close the garage door and bring in the studio lights.