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Top 5 Tips when shooting in a studio:

  1. Practice with your camera before the day 

There’s nothing worse than hiring out a studio, getting there and having no clue what you’re doing. Cameras are tricky and each of the models work a little differently. The night before, open your camera bag, check for memory cards, and have a quick run through the settings so you remember what each of them do. For a studio it’s important you know how to change your; aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Studio lights are so different to being outside, be ready to adapt your equipment. A few different lenses also help massively too.

  1. Get your lighting right

Lighting could make or break your production, it can make your shots look high-quality or even create a whole different mood. 

The most common/easiest is a standard 3-point lighting set up, what includes: 

  • Key light is the brightest of all three that lights up your subject/actor
  • Fill light eliminates any shadows cast by your subject
  • And the Back light is what creates depth from you subject and the background (a fun colour or harsher contrast always looks sick)

We have an awesome lighting system here at Hotel Miami for only $25 hire, but not to worry if you have no clue how to set them up we are here to give a helping hand! 

  1. Use a Tripod

Yep this sounds ridiculous but time and time again I see people making it 100x harder for themselves. If you don’t have a gimbal or dolly you’re asking for a bit of trouble… Using a shaky handheld camera can lose the quality of your image and make your shots look undercooked/unprofessional. Stability from a tripod means you not only have a straight picture but that you capture everything, including any set design or background features. 

  1. Plan your shots 

Make a shot list! If you come with a plan you won’t waste time, what means you won’t waste your money. Having a check off list that you share with your crew before the day makes everything run smoothly and you don’t miss any of the crucial information that needs to be captured. Storyboards are also great but time consuming and a bit frightening to make (especially if you’re a shit drawer like me lol). A bullet point list or even a bit more of a detailed description I promise will do just fine.

  1. Focus on the most important part

Last but not least, HAVE FUN. Every result comes out better when you’ve got a model/actor and crew that’s having a good time. It can be stressful or anxiety fueling (definitely if it’s your first time,) but there are always people nearby to make things a little easier. Focus on your subject and always have the quality of your photo/film in the forefront of your mind. People worry about the small stuff  but that’s not what always creates the best picture. 

Hope these tips help and get you ready for your next studio session – We can’t wait to see you in our studio soon!

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