6 Tips for Setting Up a Home or Office Studio – Photography & Lighting Tutorial

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win for your NorthStar Lite. – Hi This is Jay P Morgan. I’m at a
location with Caleb and Lars, and we’re going to show you how to turn a bedroom
into a home studio. We’re going to show you how to create a very simple backdrop
holder. You could put it on the wall. That takes a very little space. We’ll show you
how to control the window lights that comes through the windows and last of all
some lighting. Things you could make at home. They’re going to show you how you’re
going to set up your lights for a two lights video interview and we’ll finish
with that. Let’s get started, see what we can do. Just a couple of things to think
about before you start your studio interview is your extra bedroom. One is
the color of the walls. If you got walls like this, which are great, they’re
neutral that’s not gonna bounce any color back into your image that perfect. If you
got room that has very heavy color, greens or reds, those kinds of things. They’re
gonna bounce right into your shot. They’re gonna kill your color balance. So
the first thing I do, I get paint roller, I roll some paint on all over the walls.
You got neutral room, neutral color. Secondly, I’m gonna put up a tarp on the
floor, just to protect hardware floor. Laid on the floor, it’s all gonna be
brown, and that’ts gonna give us a nice neutral color. It’s not gonna bounce any
blue back in the shadow of green so those are our first principle in getting our
home studio started. In my hand, I have a very simple backdrop holder way to hang
your backdrop on the wall. Well this is a half inched galvanized pipe. You’ve got a
plate, which you’re gonna screw it onto the wall. We simply screw in a three
inched pipe and now screw in an elbow, and now a six inch return or we can make this
longer. That’s a very simple one half of our backdrop holder, so you could put this
against the wall like that and you could put your seamless on it. Put on the
ceiling. Put you seamless on it It gets everything out of the way. You don’t have
to have stands on the floor that create a big problem on the background. – This makes this very easy. You also
could put on here a one inch conduit. That one inch piece of conduit is very rigid so
as much as heavier or stronger that PVC or rubbery items items but this gonna give
you a great hold of your backdrop on as this hangs on the ceiling. Now
unfortunately because we’re in someone else’s apartment here we can’t shoot this
into the ceiling but if I was doing this in my house, I would shoot this onto the
ceiling or onto the wall. Once you got your two backdrop holder, your going to
get the right distance from each other. Obviously, you kind of understand this
principle. We have our one inch conduit, just few down on your’s there. On my end,
I’ll bring this out , towards it’s gonna go on there. I can slide that back far and
then we’re gonna put an A clamp on each side to keep this from falling on. Again,
we would have this up onto the ceiling against the wall so it’s a great way to
get your backdrop up and now we have C stand on on the floor. It’s gonna eat up
all the space on the floor of the room. Great for tight areas. Now, next thing
that we’re gonna do is put our backdrop up. This is a cheap backdrop that I got up
from Amazon. It’s a white backdrop and is like 30 bucks. It’s got a pocket in one
end. There’s our pocket. It’s been sawed on the one side and it drop itself, I
think it’s 20 feet . So it’s gonna give us a long area. I can run that pocket on
here, and that’s great because it hangs very nicely. One of two things, either saw
a new pocket on the other end but then you got a sawed up pocket just just enough
distance to fill the distance right before. So I’ll do the opposite I’m gonna
put the pocket on the floor with another pipe in it. I’m gonna drape the drop over
this and then A clamped into this bar in that way I could use the pocket on the
bottom with the pipe in it that create weights so it take out all the wrinkles on
the backdrop. Then if I wanted to, I could flip around and hang a pocket here and I
could sweep without as seamless. We used the whole piece. Now we got a lot of
wrinkles on this backdrop. It’s little hard for that to be really smooth, We may
have to steam it out a little bit. For one thing you can do if your just going to use
this as backdrop. You’re not gonna sweep it, just take this
a little pole, and Cail gonna grab it for me and we’re gonna put this, we’re gonna
role our backdrop up on the pipe. So this will put your wrinkles start to go away.
One of the first thing you need to get for your studio is a stool. You can get this
at Walmart, Kmart Target any of those places. They use to have a three foot
stool, get wood one, a metal one what ever you like but you’ve got to have something
to sit down . Now you can already take a picture with our naturalized studio. So
let’s put in up a fabric backdrop. The problem with fabric backdrops is they
wrinkle. You got to try to keep it straight but their long unless you can
curl them out. Their very nice in that way, but a simple solution, you got a
savage or serve it like a seamless. A nine-foot wide seamless or a 12-foot wide.
12-foot is very expensive. A nine-foot wide seamless is perfect. Just put it
there, drop it down, build a backdrop behind them or you can roll them down on
the floor to undo full length. So let’s put up a seamless just to see how that
works on backdrop set up. So you can see up there, I put the cast back on so you
can see that’s the way that will be hanging up back there. All you could see
is that pipe on the ceiling. So those are our seamless. You’d have to set your
backdrop holder on the ceiling distance to make that cardboard work. Just easier to
have the seamless on this pole, in that way you can slide it out backdrop their
gonna last a lot longer. They can get dirty so you have to wash them at times.
But the disadvantage is they’re harder to keep them wrinkle free, they’re harder to
roll up an they’re barely used. Where the seamless rolls out very easily, goes up
very easily but things like this start to happen to them. They don’t last forever.
But you do have a synthetic call out the paper more paper out and you’ll get a new
one. This is all thesame as seamless there. This time let’s have a couple of
shots and let’s see. We got a window light from the right hand side of the frame but
now what we’re gonna do is were gonna control that light from the window so we
can either have it as part of our shot or we can get rid of it completely.
So we’re gonna put some eclipse blackout curtains which you can get from Amazon.
They’re really really quite inexpensive, 20 or 30 dollars. This you can put up on
your window. It will give us the ability to either use this. Open up and use this
or close it off and use it to completely controlled light in this room in this
room. If I were doing this, I didn’t have to set this up on the side, I would put
this on another bar and put this bar up on that wall. You can hold them up or you can
put them on the curtain. Rods are already there. Just somewhere to put this blackout
curtain on there . Usually, I want them to exceed the frame of the window cause if
you just get it on the frame of the window lights still beams through. So’ I will
exceed the frame and very close and it would blacken out. We blacked out the
window and that’t why you you can’t see me. Where am I? That’s pretty effective.
Those blackouts curtains called eclipse are just heavy and take all the light out.
Another thing is that we added light here on the camera left side it’s not gonna
bounce out into our white wall over here. So it’s going to give us the ability to
add more dramatic, little more creative lighting. This room, ceilings and all ,
walls are closed when you put one light up, it’s bouncing everywhere. So at least,
it takes us one wall out f the way. If you put your light on the camera left side, I
mean most of your light will be out of that camera left wall, it’s going to be
hidden in this black curtain and it’s going to give us a nice shot of a person
without a lot of fill. Now you can control the fill, you can bring it up or down
whatever you wanna do. So now, we need to have lights. We’re gonna show you some
simple things you can build and you know those are interesting and kind of
beginning place but they’re gonna show you using just same really decent lights.
We’ll give you a good light on you person. Now we’re going to talk about lighting,
we’re gonna talk about home made lighting. You know, there are several things you can
do. Everyone starts up with this little baby thing right here. They go to Home
Depot. they buy all this things at and they plug it in, put the diffusion on the
trunk. Back this on to an inexpensive stand. – You got a light. It’s a simple very easy
to start. This things you can put up a 100 watt bulb into them. Actually have a
300-watt at home depot. I don’t think they’re ready for that. But they do have a
300 watt bulb at least give you an starting place for light. The hard thing
about this is there reflectors are very hard and it’s very focused and it’s just
seems like everywhere. So not my favorite solution but it’s not terrible
solution. For eight bucks, it’s not horrible. So now let’s go on to making a
softbox. A softbox is simply a four sided container that keeps your light around
your light and then nice soft diffusion at the front. So you can put your light well
controlled. It gets light away from the light bulb the diffusion material, and
lets the light bounce inside the soft box so you get a softer light as it comes out.
It does a directional quality about it cause you are looking straight at the
light you can feel the diffusion so you can diffuse accross the fuse and focused
light source at the same time. So lets talk about how to make a soft box. I have
three different options, I have a plastic detergent container here, we get from a
plant in here in California. Just a normal everyday laundry detergent. This is a
little heavy , but in my work I have a cooler which is styrofoam. What is
interesting about styrofoam is that styrofoam set is an incredible diffuser as
far as bouncing light. Bouncing light out of this piece of foam they call it.. This
set has some quality. This is going to be soft and a light nice coming out from his
cooler and it comes with a reflector. I’ve got a Bakers box which again is a soft
box with a detachable reflector. So let’s put up these together and just see how
successful they are. Let’s start with an inch a little bit. It’s very very simple ,
gonna stick this, gonna pull at back of my plastic container. Drill a hole Now, we have a hole attached to our light
box. I’m gonna start to this light and Gail is gonna hand me the yellow handled
thin snips out of the tool bag. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take and cut
this little tin part of in front of here. Like this. The reason why I’m doing this
is because I want this little ring and it’s going to and around my container for
my soft box so we’re gonna disregard this. Now I got a ring here, I’m gonna cut my
hand. So this is gonna go through this opening. I’m gonna move this clamp here
from the front to the back and I know that’s exactly that way it meant to be is
used, but quite frankly, as a soft box holder, it’s not exactly what it meant to
be either. So we’re tighten up in there , so now this can go through the hole like
this. Perfect, and this will twist on the front. So hold it in place, with that 300
watts light bulb in there. I’m gonna take a diffusion paper on there and then we use
an A clamp to help hold a little bucket, gonna hold on to stand, because that’s not
very tight at the back. it doesn’t work very well. So you could A clamp on there.
You got a nice little light coming through the light and also gives us a little glow
around which is something we didn’t really anticipated but kind of a cool thing so
let’s put a piece of diffusion on the front so there you have it. A 300 watts
light bulb in a laundry detergent basket and quality light look on my face. It has
a little bit of an over all fill on the room because the bucket itself is glowing.
So you got the key light on the face. A little bit of glow in the room which is
interesting look. You make that for about 9 dollars and 50 cents. 15 dollars with
the label and we got laundry detergent so you get clean clothes. – Option number two, is the start from
cooler. I think this has a lot of promise and we’re going to draw a hole at the
bottom of the cooler. Now for our Styrofoam Cooler Softbox, we’re going to
take again a metal container. Put that in there. We’re gonna cut this open again.
All right and I’m gonna slide down at the front here, attach right under the front
just like what we did before. Now this is much lighter than our plastic tub because
the cooler was just so so light. Look inside here, we’re gonna put our 300 watt
light bulb in there. Now, another option that we have here, I bought this on the
internet, bought everything on the internet and there’s an adapter we could
twist this in and this will give us the ability to use this for regular household
light bulbs and that would be put on this like that which really makes it nice,
we’re going to use regular household light bulbs. We could use four, four hundred
watts. Right now, we could just use a single and put 300 watts so we could
compare of what this one looks like. Put it on to our stand. This seems to be a
little bit of a glow around this. Well, not as much as the last one. So lit by the
Starlite Cooler Softbox. Pretty light. It doesn’t bounce as much as the other one
did. The back of the cooler is more secured. Also the front diffuser is a
little further away from the bulb which gives us a little more directional light.
For 300 watt light bulb, you buy from Home Depot for 499, this is a pretty decent
setup. Okay, now we’re going to make a soft box out of a Baker’s box. The reason
we’ve chosen baker’s box is because it’s white. So the first thing that we’re gonna
do, separate on that edge right there turn it over and reattach it, so it’s going to
be inside out. So now as we turn our stuff in, we’ll
separate the box here like that, and now we’ll reverse our box to a white interior.
The problem that we have is that it flips on the other side so we’re gonna tape that
down. So again, we got the baner’s box, we’ll take and we will do a hole on the
box . I’m gonna cut a little off like this. Okay this is a little easy. I’m not
gonna have to move that bracket back at which is a better place for bracket to me,
because the cardboard is so much thinner. Print softbox assembly instruction is on
the inside. So we could use that for later so we’re gonna attach our soft box to the
stand and clamped on the back. We got to tape and use and use an A clamp for
security. And now we’re going to tape long. Actually, we’re going to put a 300
watt light bulb. on the front and there is our Bakers box . It’s a very soft light
actually and I think it’s because it doesn’t bounce around as much as it did in
the styrofoam and the plastic was harder in the surface and not the light out of
the front of the box a little harder. This seems very soft , it’s actually not a bad
light at all. So let’s wrap this up. We’ve got a soft box made up of a bakers box is
very soft. We got a box as soft made up of soft detergent box and that was kind a
little more illuminate but still very soft. Our start from cool is a little
harder and a little brighter almost brighter , but in the end when you look at
all the different lights the colors off it’s kind of are all over the place. This
is fun. We’re gonna light our transits. Whatever our transits would be just
because its a fun thing to do. But in the end, if I’m gonna work and take this on
sets somewhere the one they’re not gonna transport because they’ll gonna fall apart
in two. I can’t walk into a CEO’s office with a detergent soft box.
It just makes you look like you aren’t really a working professional videographer
photographer so you need an entry level kind of trans light and even if you do now
home studio. Get a good set of entry level transit lights you could set up. Bigger
lighting just right and really become workable situation. You can use for years
and years and years . Great one is Starlite by Photoflex. You get a great set
up. You put those, you could use on location. A very durable great soft box
that are really on color white and easy to transport and still a way to go but anyway
the box is made up of a detergent box and you know a bakers box are fun. You got a
set of lights up so it’s a easy to do and we’ll get to show how to set our lights
up. We’re gonna wrap up what we’ve done today We talked about creating a studio in
your home, a small room you’re going to make into a studio a. The principles I
want you to understand from this are- 1. make sure the walls are of neutral color ,
2. You put up black out curtains to cover your window which kills some of the bounce
in your room. You can really get a little more dramatic light but give’s you the
option of opening all those curtains so you can use window light if you wanna do
that as a light source really gives you different options there. Two, that you can
create a drop holder for your ceiling . You get out of the way. You don’t have to
have expensive stands, you don’t have the floor spaces stands that takes up. Get all
those stands. Rid all those stands. Put those drops from the wall on the ceiling.
Very easy backdrop container to make . You know making things. I’m not a huge fan of
making things, I’m just not. But when they work and that backdrop holder really does
work then it’s worth it. There’s no other else out there. I mean for other things,
you get little pleasure rolling up there’s a lot of steps out there. But that one is
cheap and easy and it really works so it’s worthwhile. The soft boxes were great.
They have great light. They’re fun but we did our transfer and they were starting to
fall apart a little bit. They disintegrate a little bit. I expect them to burst them
to flame at any moment. So but anyway, it was an interesting experience but again if
you want to get into decent light, you’re gonna get something like the starlite. It
gives you a decent light you can use to travel with. It really becomes a
professional piece of equipment. – Don’t forget you only got ’til February
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100 thoughts on “6 Tips for Setting Up a Home or Office Studio – Photography & Lighting Tutorial

  1. Hi, are the bulbs being used halogen or LED or what? What is the best type of light bulb to use in a lighting studio?

  2. 10:11 la estupidez mas grande que e visto ,habiendo soquetes suelto en venta este rompe uno bueno

  3. how do you make your stands theyre really heavy duty and much better then amazon stands does anyone know

  4. Besides the obvious fire danger with the lights. The lights he is using are not the correct color temperature. You will end up with a bad yellowish tint to your photos, which you will have to correct in post with photoshop/lightroom. Preferably, you should buy lights that are daylight balanced at 5,500k, or at least ones have adjustable color temperature. Lights and soft boxes can be found online for cheap these days. Do not waste your time building these lights as shown in the in the video, they wont work well, and they look terrible. I've stopped watching this channels videos, because most of the information he gives is BAD.

  5. My first soft box was made with a broken styrofoam cooler & some metallic cardboards inside, I still have it and works well.

  6. This is great! Now I just need to move all the furniture out of my living room lol. Yes I know this video is 3 years old. Still relevant.

  7. these were fun, but I can't see that backdrop holder actually working IRL,  1) how will you change a roll of paper if they are bolted in the ceiling 2) it will require additional equipment, a ladder 3) those pipe fittings aren't much cheaper than real mounting brackets . If you have to improvise  i'd recommend buying large curtain rod holders and mounting them to the wall near the ceiling.

  8. I use the same softbox concept, and you can control the light spilling from it buy painting latex primer on the inside of the styrofoam, then a spray adhesive once that dries, and finally applying the cheapest thinnest aluminum foil that you can buy at a dollar store or deals. it would also help to contain and direct some of the Heat… Of course, nowadays one could use LED lights.

  9. As many have said I'd be worried about the heat off of 300 watt bulbs, I'd be more inclined to use daylight LED or CF which use a lot less energy and produce a lot less heat. Other than that I love the idea of a styrofoam cooler for a soft box.

  10. شباب انا بعمل فيديوهات هادفه
    هاتعجبكم بجد
    ادخلو علي القناة بتاعتي
    واعملو اشتراك ❤😍

  11. Don't forget to post a disclosure that you assume no responsibility for someone setting the house on fire. Ya never know, buddy! But I wont. lol. I love your videos and than you for taking the time to teach us!

  12. https://blackoutez.com   This is best for black out but is better if you are going to be keeping them up for longer periods. I used them for night duty and they were awesome!

  13. Wow, 300 Watts in plastic, styrofoam and cardboard… Got a good insurance and living close to a fire department? 🙈

  14. Hi Jay, Instead of conduit for a background pole go to your local tent and awning store and pick up (or have them make up ) a ten  foot pole in sections. That way it's easier to transport and collapses down into two or three sections (same size as your light stands). If you ask for a "pointed " section for each end it will readily fit securely into a commercial Background Holder Hook when you upgrade your studio space with all the money you saved starting out. I am still using  mine from twenty some years ago, Love your "Slanted Lens" videos and programs, recommend them to all the newbies I run into.

  15. never use soft white always use LED daylight no one likes that annoying yellow back quality ligthing white is cleaner and more uniform

  16. 3 foot stool? or 3 foot stool?
    I don't think it's either (either way)…if you get what i mean. 🙂

    Great tutorial. I appreciate it.

  17. Thank you so very much sir for this video it really going to help me alot to start my YouTube channel and setting up my studio light 👍

  18. i've just done this look out for the vid ( no i bought a studio kit do you think i would destroy a room like that no 😛

  19. Enjoyed the video. I was just curious about your advice on repainting the room to a more suitable color. Do you have any thoughts as to whether a glossy paint or a flat paint would be more ideal? I read through a number of the other comments already but did not find an answer

  20. Nice and simple. One day a professional photographer might look back and say, smiling 'This may look ridiculous but this is from where I started. These tips helped me make my first steps!'

  21. Hi, I have a question, editing photos is optional for a photographer or is necessary edit photos? Thanks

  22. Thanks sir me and my brother and uncle want to make it and because of you the wish will come truth

  23. Good ideas, good video with awful music. Who decided a short clip repeating that over and over is an enhancement? It is annoying after a few minutes.

  24. Hi. That was very instructive and inspiring. If people are looking for entry level lights, I would suggest the Yonguo YN300 Air – these thin LED panel lights go from Tungsten to Daylight, are small, but if you have three of them, you can get a good lighting set-up going.

  25. The only thing I did with both the "soap bucket" and "cooler" was to paint (black out) the exteriors as needed. Great video. Saved us money! Thank you.

    ROGUE entertainment

  26. Just subbed. Great ideas. I use a clamp light but i painted mine flat white in the inside. For a light filter im using coffee filters. Works great. And cheap.

  27. use led bulbs
    soft white or cool white will have the kelvin rating on the box so you can adjust the white balance to your camera settings

  28. Pretty savey tips thank you. I was wondering is it ok to use a white blanket for the back pole or is that corney.

  29. I think i got all the tips we need from this one video here. I knew my empty detergent bucket would come in handy oneday. Now when im at work as a cleaning lady 💃welp lets just say ill never look at a box or bucket the same again. Flashing flashing liiights 👀💕🎶💃

  30. "How to turn a bedroom into a studio… Step one: Find a house with an empty living room and use that instead, and pretend no one will notice what you did.""

  31. I really like the laundry detergent box softbox idea for $15… Plus I get laundry detergent! 👍. Definitely can be a fire hazard but, it'll only be on when I use it.

  32. If shooting full body shots and need to tape down white paper drop, what tape are you using that will not leave residue on the wood floor when you pull the tape back up (gaffers)? Please share brand if you use tape. Thanks!

  33. Love the ideas… and …. “and you get laundry detergent, so you get clean clothes” hahaha great vid!

  34. OK- you get an A+ for trying. You get a D- for considering what would happen with all that heat in an ENCLOSED Styrofoam box. From a safety standpoint? Your home owners insurance won't pay one dime when the house is on fire and they discovered you designed your own lighting system- "not UL approved" and they might go after a negligent arson lawsuit.

  35. LOVE IT! The softbox solutions you showed may not be the safest and best, but you really got my mind on thinking generally about DIY solutions I never thought of before!

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