Last week I got to play in a proper photo studio. I’ve done a fair bit of studio stuff before but only in smaller, semi-improvised spaces. The job this time was shooting some new bikes. Classic side-on shots, 3/4 shots and close-up detail shots.
A photostudio can look a bit daunting at first with expensive stuff everywhere and lots of switches, tripods, softboxes and cables scattered about the place. In reality all of this paraphernalia is there to make life much simpler.
Once you’ve done a couple of studio shoots, you’ve learned 99% of it. And on the day, once the studio is set up, it stays put and provides a consistency that you can rely on. Nice, even, reliable light. This leaves you to get on with positioning the subject/product and working your way through your ticklist of ‘must get’ shots.
All of this multi-thousand pounds worth of kit can be undone by something small but important. Like forgetting to bring some fishing wire for doing the ‘balancing bike’ shots. Oops. We worked it out in the end though. Just about.