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In the Studio

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The Phototuts+ "In the Studio" Session focuses exclusively on teaching you everything you need to know about the staging perfect studio shots. We’re bringing together a series of tutorials that feature both quick tips and in-depth guides that will allow you to truly understand the most controlled photographic workspace!

Posts in this series
  • Photography
    Lighting
    An Introduction to Using Strobes in Your PhotographyPreview
    Do you ever see a picture and wonder how the photographer obtained perfect lighting on a subject? You might be asking "What kind of flash does he use?" or "What are the settings on his camera to get such lighting?" In this tutorial, I will be explaining the secrets to turning your pictures into perfection. Read More…
  • Photography
    Lighting
    Make Your Subject Stand Out With a Rim Lighting EffectPreview
    I have long been a fan of rim lighting and, given the opportunity, would prefer to use it over a single light source. Rim lighting, which is often referred to as back light or even hair lights, is simply light placed on your subject which gives the appearance of a light outline. This technique pulls the subject off the background and offers some depth and dimension to what you are shooting. This article outlines how to setup your lights to achieve such an effect and also covers some simple post-processing to help improve the final product.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Taking Amazing Studio Portraits On a Tight BudgetThumbnail
    So there I was in my socks, standing on a milk crate with a beautiful half-naked woman lying motionless on a painter's tarp in the middle of by bedroom floor. If someone had walked in at that moment, I would have had some serious explaining to do! I am not a serial killer, I am a professional photographer who uses the cheapest materials I can get my hands on to produce studio quality portraits. And I'm here to reveal how I get away with it.Read More…
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    Shooting
    Food Photography That's Good Enough To EatPreview
    Food photography is a highly specialized form of studio work. It requires some knowledge of cooking, a firm grasp of lighting and some creative juices to bring everything together. Being a slightly obese American, one of the most basic foods we love to gorge ourselves is a good, old hamburger. But the first rule of food photography is that boring food makes boring photographs. So the subject of this tutorial will be a special burger on an onion bun with swiss cheese, spring greens, tomato and onion. Most of this advice will relate directly to this hamburger assignment, but many of the principles apply to all food photography.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Perfectly Capture Glass With Minimal Photo EquipmentPreview
    In this tutorial I will show you how to capture and post-process professional looking photos of glass with minimal photo equipment. You'll learn to take some stunning photos with professional lighting, and a stylish background.Read More…
  • Photography
    Lighting
    The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Shooting High KeyPreview
    Today we're going to learn all about what high key photography is and how to create the effect. We'll go over what kind of equipment you'll need, how to set it up, as well as what camera settings you can expect to give you good results. Read More…
  • Photography
    Lighting
    10 Ways to Shoot Stunning Portraits With Only One LightOnelightportraits ck prelg
    We're here today to talk about shooting high quality, lit portraits with only one strobe or flash. Maybe your budget doesn't allow you to purchase multiple lights for portraits. Maybe you have to travel light and don't have the space for two flashes. Maybe you just want a challenge. Whatever the case is, you can produce a wide variety of lighting scenarios using a single flash. I've included 10 clearly explained examples in this tutorial that you can apply to your own situations.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    How To Capture a Stylish Smoke PhotographPreview
    Today we're going to delve into the arena of smoke photography, investigate some of the post-processing techniques available to you, as well as a few different methods for obtaining certain effects. Grab your camera, and join us after the jump!Read More…
  • Photography
    Inspiration
    50+ Stunning Portraits & Still Life Images Using One LightPreview
    You'd be amazed at what it's possible to achieve using only one light or strobe. Although many of us may envy a full studio setup complete with all lighting configurations imaginable, it's often something of an unrealistic dream! Today's post is designed to inspire you to shoot with the equipment you have, and make the most of your simple lighting setup!Read More…
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    Lighting
    How To Shoot With Fluorescent Tube LightingPreview
    Have you ever noticed how expensive studio lighting can be? A single softbox can cost more than a monthly car payment! For most amateurs and even many professionals, these high prices send them looking for alternatives. One of the popular choices is fluorescent lighting, due to its very low cost and unique shape. In this tutorial, we'll explore the benefits of shooting with fluorescent tubes and the drawbacks. We'll also set up our own two-light kit and photograph a variety of subjects with it!Read More…
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    Lighting
    An Introduction to Indoor and Studio Flash PhotographyPreview
    Today we're going to delve into one of the most important aspects of photography - lighting. We'll begin with a background as to why lighting is so important, discuss the traditional three-light setup, and then move on to illustrate a number of different lighting techniques (and the associated results)!Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Shooting Ink Droplets From Start to FinishPhotography
    Ever seen a fantastic ink droplet image, and wondered how the photographer achieved the effect? In today’s video tutorial, we’re going to shed light on the whole process from start to finish. From buying the right equipment and setting it up, right through to the finishing touches in Photoshop. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Guide to a Commercial ShootPhotography
    When you look around at TV ads, movie posters, billboards, you see a lot of great styles of photography. You may wonder to yourself, how do they make it look so unique?Read More…
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    Lighting
    The Simple Guide to Shooting a Perfectly Lit Product PhotoPreview
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in October, 2009. This tutorial will outline how to shoot a basic product shot. The emphasis will be on background, lighting, and the positioning of the product itself. The subject chosen to work with is simple - a shoe - it offers a great example to highlight the basics of lighting and shooting an isolated product photo.Read More…
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    Lighting
    Step-by-Step: Producing a Magazine-Quality Photo of WatchesPreview
    When it comes to product photography, there are more tips and tricks than one person could ever learn in their entire career. In this tutorial, I will show you a few of the ones I have learned along the way, using a minimal amount of gear and materials.Read More…
  • Photography
    Hardware
    Step by Step Guide for Building a Seamless White BackdropPreview
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in May of 2010. When focusing on a very specific subject, the last thing you want is a background full of distractions. Studio photography allows you to control every single aspect of the picture, and that's where a white background comes handy. A smooth white background and some carefully positioned lighting will really help achieve great results. Today we'll explain how to create your own!Read More…
  • Photography
    Hardware
    Product Review: Modahaus Table Top StudiosPreview
    As a product photographer, I have tried just about every kind of backdrop/table-top/tent system available. Today, I'll be focusing (no pun intended) on the Desktop Studio 216 and Studio Pro 600 table top systems by the fine folks at Modahaus. Although this is a product review, you should be able to gleam a few tips & tricks to help with your own product photography.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Shooting & Editing a High Speed Fruity Water Splash1
    Every two weeks, we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in December of 2009. This tutorial will make for a fun weekend project that has the potential to spark your imagination, teach you some interesting lighting techniques and even give you some great shots for your portfolio. It's a great way to spend a few hours, experimenting and honing your photography skills.Read More…
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    Shooting
    10 Tips to Get Started with Still Life Photography Preview
    There aren’t many photographic practices that date back further than still life photography. When photography originated, it was necessary for exposures to be quite long, so photographing static objects was the ideal subject matter. However, as the technology developed, the fascination for capturing still life has remained and is still one of the most viable photographic professions today.Read More…