Best Home Studio Photography Kit On A Budget

Here, we round up some home photography studio essentials that are accessible on a budget

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If you're considering setting up a home studio, either in your garage or something less permanent in a room of the house, one of the major things you'll consider is budget. There are quite a few things you'll require and they're often not the cheapest to buy. 

Here, we round up the best home studio photography accessories if you're on a budget. 



studio tripod

If you're thinking of having a go at studio photography at home there is a lot to set up and it can be difficult to set up and frame the shot hand-held whilst trying to tweak backgrounds and props to make everything perfect. A tripod will enable you to set up the shot and leave the camera there while you tweak the set to your exact liking. Tripods are also handy for mounting flashes or lights on if you don't have stands.

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Sheet backgrounds

white photo background

No matter what your studio subject, it's important to have a plain, clutter free background to ensure that the viewer isn't distracted by things. You could use a bare painted wall, however, textures will still be visible and they're often not as uniform as you think. To combat this a background is necessary. Plain black or white ones can be picked up cheaply and they will transform your studio images. 

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Background frame

background frame

If you're using the sheet backgrounds then a frame will be necessary to allow you to move it around and change the colours of the background. Frames are lightweight, portable and easy to construct and deconstruct. Don't forget your background clamps, too.

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Pop up backgrounds

photography backgrounds

If your studio is to be less permanent or you just don't want the hassle of securing and changing backgrounds, then pop-up backgrounds might be the answer. They're really easy to use and are available in a variety of colours and scenes, great for varying up your portraits. 

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Off camera lighting

Off camera lighting

If you're serious about setting up a home studio then you'll need off camera lighting to create a balanced image. Exactly how many lights you'll need will depend on your shoot but two is a good starting point, to eliminate any shadows to either side. They're height adjustable and come with diffusers for a softer, less harsh light. 

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Especially if you're doing portrait work, diffusers will be an integral part of your kit. They soften the light hitting your subject, making it more flattering and less harsh. Some light kits will come with them but you can get different kinds, like honeycomb effect ones, to break the light up further. 

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Ring flash

ring flash

A ring flash can provide great highlights in the eyes of your subjects as well as being a good source of fill flash to eliminate unsightly shadows on your subject that can be caused by side lighting. 

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Posing stool

posing stool

When working with models it might be necessary to sit them down and the best way to do this with the versatility of altering the shot easily is with a swivelling stool. The stool is small enough to be hidden from the shot when sat on and is height adjustable.

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gold reflector

When working with natural light, reflectors can help to add light and combat shadows, as well as add a different tone to the light. Gold reflectors, for example, will add a warmer, rosier light tone to images while silver ones will add a cooler tone, for more subtle reflections, a white reflector will add a more gentle light. 

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Tethering cable

tethering cable

If you're working in real time and want to show your clients or models the results of your photos quickly and easily, then tethering your camera to a laptop will be the answer. Any camera with a mini USB port should be able to be tethered to your computer and enable you to see the images on a larger screen as you shoot them. You should check your camera's port to make sure you ge tthe right cable and also check the manual to make sure tethering is supported.

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