Whenever I go down home to West Palm Beach, FL, I always manage to link up my old friend Dani to shoot together. Most times we just drive around our town, go to rocky beaches, etc. until we're happy with what we get. However, this Thanksgiving weekend I had a different thing in mind: I wanted to shoot some studio-style portraits.
Now, at the very mention of the word "studio", the next thing to come to my mind is usually "expensive", however, as we both found out this weekend, it's very easy producing studio-quality photos on a budget. In fact, turns out all it really takes is some nerve, creativity, and minimal equipment.
Take a look at this shot we took:
Here's an extensive~ list of all the equipment it took to make this shot happen:
- a blue curtain
- a silver reflector
- a Speedlite
- a 33" white umbrella
While the curtain was a less than ideal substitute for an actual backdrop(typically, you don't want any wrinkles), it still worked out better than it should have. Luckily, you can always clean up any wrinkles in the background during the post-processing.
As with anything in photography, it's never really about how much money you've spent on your equipment. I always see so many people obsessing over having the newest and best of EVERYTHING, and honestly, there's no point in stressing over it as long as you just make the most of the resources you already have. That goes for camera bodies as well.
More photos from the session: