Take Picture at Home
Why not take a picture at home instead of going to a photo studio? You will have the opportunity to give a personal touch to photography and save some money. With a camera, a window and a few materials that can be found at home, anyone can create a professional-looking photograph at home.
Choose the location of your “studio”. Find a white wall, preferably in a room that has a lot of natural light. If you do not have a white wall, or if it is covered with photographs, hang a white sheet from the ceiling and place the end on the floor.
This will create a blank canvas studio type for your photography.
Open the blinds and let the sunlight flood the room. Lighting is the most important element when you plan to take a professional-looking photograph and natural light helps create the best effect.
Plan to start the photo shoot when you know that you will have enough sunlight entering through the windows for several hours. This way, you won’t need to hurry to take the photos.
If your room has bright sunlight, blur it with a white curtain or a thin white sheet. This will create a softer effect and eliminate strong shadows.
Even on cloudy days, the sun should provide enough light for your photography.
Look for lamps with closed or hooded screens. For example, desk lamps often have shades that are closed at one end so you can direct the light to a particular place.
You can also consider buying professional umbrella lamps, which artists and photographers use for this purpose. They are cheap and can be found in photography stores. If you plan to create something beyond a photo shoot at home, these will be a good investment.
Create a professional environment. Use the lamps to fill the room with a soft light without shadows.
A lamp should point to the ceiling, creating a warm glow against white paint. This should shine softly on your target from above.
Use another lamp as a “fill light”. Place it on the back of the room, far enough away from the target so it doesn’t create shadows.
Both types of lighting can be used in combination with diffused natural light. The various light sources will create the optimal environment for a professional-looking photo shoot.
Do not use ceiling lamps, as they will cast hard shadows on the person.
You can use an umbrella, a piece of cloth or other material to blur or filter the lights.
Gather meaningful props. A simple wooden bench for the person to pose can be all you will need. Maybe you want your photography to have a fun theme. Gather the materials you need and arrange them with good taste in front of the white background.
Decide what kind of “look” you will give your model. Whether you’ve hired someone to model for you or go to photograph a family member, think ahead of time what you want your model to use. Is it a picture
With elegant dress or a casual one? Keep in mind that people look better in photographs where they feel comfortable with what they wear.
Consider asking your model to prepare to wear different outfits. For example, if you are going to take graduation photos for your daughter, you may want photographs where she wears her graduation gown, her favorite dress and her basketball uniform. Gather the props that go with the different looks.
Hair and makeup are also important components when it comes to creating a professional effect. Remember that makeup does not appear as well in the photographs as in person, so you may want your model to use a lighter shade of lipstick or a little more eyeliner than normal.
Ask your model to practice their poses before starting the session.
Prepare your model before starting the photo session by describing the effect you are looking for. You may want to opt for the traditional portrait style pose, with your model smiling straight at the camera. Or maybe you want to capture the personality of your model; that is, his smile or his “thoughtful” appearance. Either way, the photo will be easier if your model knows what to expect.
Prepare your camera. Whether you use a digital camera or a manual, make sure the proper settings are in place before starting the session. Take into account the lighting and the effect you want to create.
Most digital cameras have an “automatic” setting. This should be fine in most cases, but make sure the flash is off. You have already accommodated the correct lighting, so there should be no need for flash.
Buy a tripod or use a flat surface. Make sure it is positioned at the correct angle for professional-looking photographs.
Start taking pictures. Ask your model to perform various poses and try different creative approaches. Take pictures using the tripod or flat surface and alternate taking pictures without them. If you use a digital camera, you may also want to experiment with different settings.
Take more pictures than you strictly need. You went through a lot of problems to organize this photo shoot and you should make sure you take good shots. The more you have to choose, the better!
Edit your photographs Upload your photos to your computer and use photo editing software to crop them, apply interesting filters, change contrast and more.
Print your photos on glossy paper. If you have a printer at home, you can buy photo quality paper and print your photos from your computer. For a professional finish, you may want to take them to a photographic development shop and finish the job.
If you did your photo shoot with a movie camera, take your movie to a photo development shop to reveal them.
Tips: Try taking a self portrait using the timer function on your camera. Place a bench or chair in your “studio” and pose as much as you want.
The lighting rules apply both outdoors and indoors: the key is to reduce shadows and create an atmosphere of dim light. Umbrellas and other light diffusers can be useful when shooting outdoors.
Experiment with different backgrounds. Try using a piece of cloth with patterns or a colored sheet for a different effect