Home Photography Studio by Wranglerbarn

There are many things which separate a professional photographer from an amateur photographer. When it comes to photographing people, perhaps nothing stands more in the way of the transition to advanced photography than a studio. When it comes to studios, it can be easy to get lost in the myriad of features and equipment that can be included. However, at its most basic level, a studio is about just one thing: light. A studio allows the photographer to control the lighting of the subject which allows the photographer to get the best possible shot. Everything else, from props, to backdrops, is extra, something that a photographer might like to have, but not something that will stand in the way of a great photograph. Controlling light comes down to just two things: blocking out unwanted light and adding in desired lighting. The first step in creating your home based studio is to evaluate potential sources of light. Assuming a standard room, this will be the windows, and potentially the door. However, this may also include a skylight, or other light feature.

Depending upon the source and quality of the light, there may be occasions when using the light is warranted. This is particularly true in the case of a window that receives indirect sunlight. Many photography resources mention a north facing window for this purpose, but here in the northern hemisphere, most windows spend at least part of the day receiving indirect sunlight (western windows in the morning for example). However, we want using that light to be a choice, not a requirement, so it is necessary to have a way to block out the light coming from the windows and doors.

If possible, consider installing light blocking shades to eliminate undesirable light sources. Closing the door should be sufficient for most doorways. Keep in mind that there is no need to make the room pitch black. As long as no significantly bright light is cascading in, the man made lights installed in the studio should overwhelm any diffuse light entering the room. Once we have eliminated all the unwanted light, it is time to setup our studio to provide all the light we do want for our home-based photography studio. When it comes to choosing what type of lights to use in a photography studio, there are hundreds of opinions. For the home based studio, any of the various types of lights will work as long as you make the proper adjustments to your photograph techniques and settings. However, keep in mind that a small room will get hot very quickly with hot lights. Also, high powered strobe lights have a tendency to trip circuit breakers which get confused by the sudden surge of power. If youll be using such lights, it will be necessary to provide some sort of power conditioning to avoid this problem.

The more lights available, the more options a photographer has. But, within the limitations of a home studio it is important to realize that great shots can be taken with just a few lights.

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25 Responses to “Home Photography Studio by Wranglerbarn”

  1. turbotechnique says:


  2. Lillredneck says:

    You have it all
    You have it all

  3. CampfireTalk says:

    @Tacticalgearhead …
    @Tacticalgearhead I’m more of a jack of all trades master of none, but looks like WB is the opposite in that he’s the Master of all trades. never stop learning right.

  4. ryknife13 says:

    Hey I really …
    Hey I really enjoyed this video! I am just starting to explore photography and would love any thoughts or videos on the subject.

  5. 88Azazel says:

    Great video! I …
    Great video! I wish I had a spare room for something like this!

  6. xwizdom says:

    Good use of space.. …
    Good use of space…!..cant wait to build mine!!

  7. mysciencenow says:

    i run a recording …
    i run a recording studio, gem lab, and painting studio in the same room….salute

  8. 187plumber says:

    very cool thanks …
    very cool thanks for shareing

  9. Tacticalgearhead says:

    Is there any piece …
    Is there any piece of equipment that you don’t have, WB? Bulldozer, photo studio, professional battery charger LOL

  10. SFCGrazier says:

    Very nice cody, …
    Very nice cody, have been wonder these things myself. Hey if you interested in a website just say so buddy. I have a video on it, its my most current one. I will design you a website, just watch the video to get full details dude. I have been interested in taking a class on this stuff, do you think i should do it?

  11. Crombie531 says:

    Sweet Set up. Was …
    Sweet Set up. Was that a 50D?

  12. timpm78 says:

    I like the paper …
    I like the paper setup. I just have mine roll out and I clip it to the background.

  13. macbaillie says:


  14. wranglerbarn says:

    I have not fixed …
    I have not fixed the problem yet. I’ll keep you posted


  15. wranglerbarn says:

    Thanks Doc

    Thanks Doc


  16. USNERDOC says:

    Very nice clean and …
    Very nice clean and efficient set up Cody. Thanks!

  17. FrozenOne1976 says:

    Very cool. You …
    Very cool. You should take some pictures of your rifle when you get it fixed. I really hope you let us know what was wrong with it.

  18. CyberCacique1 says:

    Wow! What a great …
    Wow! What a great track system. VERY jealous! 🙂

    I hear good things about Alien Bees. Have you used any other brand of light?

    What about the soft boxes? I’m looking for a cheap solution. Any thoughts?

    Other topic. Do you ever use a LensBaby?

  19. multicam2000 says:


  20. x250f23x says:

    Was that 5D?
    Was that 5D?

  21. prov223 says:

    oh yeah…..Thanks
    oh yeah…..Thanks

  22. prov223 says:

    You think I can …
    You think I can retro fit one of those accordion mounts for my AR for home defense???? Just kidding!!!

  23. DEDMNKY says:

    I agree awsome …
    I agree awsome setup thats cool. Just a great way to get pictures done.

  24. prov223 says:

    YOu have some of …
    YOu have some of the coolest i’ve seen…tactical and non-tactical!!!

  25. chanderson1 says:

    Nice setup! My …
    Nice setup! My mother use to be a portrait photographer and had her studio in a section of the house. As a kid I use to watch her work and it fascinated me to see the process and end results of her pictures. Great video!