1. Class Introduction
Class Introduction02:54 2
Home Studio Space Considerations15:19 3
Recommended Gear19:06 4
Low Budget DIY Studio06:45 5
Camera Settings For Low Light08:55 6
Live Shoot: Low Ceiling28:28 7
Backdrop Considerations for DIY12:00 8
Build a DIY Backdrop Stand12:42
DIY Portrait Lighting17:30 10
Live Shoot; DIY Portraits28:34 11
Build a DIY Light Tent20:17 12
LiveShoot: DIY Product Photography Part 118:30 13
Live Shoot: DIY Product Photography Part 213:45 14
Live Shoot: DIY Home Business Photography04:39 15
Build a DIY Macro Lighting Tub12:09 16
Live Shoot: DIY Lighting Tub10:46 17
Live Shoot: Natural Lighting With Modifiers Part 121:12 18
Live Shoot: Natural Lighting With Modifiers Part 209:21 19
Build DIY Gobos04:48 20
Live Shoot: the Ultimate in DIY21:11
Hey everybody, super excited to be here today. Today is all about do-it-yourself home studio. I've been having so much fun putting together this class, lots of duct tape, lots of cardboard. Today's layout, the schedule for today is we're gonna be doing lots of things like how to use use your own studio, maybe in a bedroom at home, or in the basement. A little bit later on, I'm gonna show you all how to make a backdrop out of PVC pipe, I'm gonna show you how I built a lot of these lighting tools, and all this lighting equipment. And then in the third segment today, we're gonna be talking about tabletop photography. So I'm gonna show you how to make a light tent out of cardboard and tissue paper, and make some really fantastic lighting tools that you can use for Pinterest, or maybe you're selling products online. And then finally at the end of the day, we're gonna put it all together, and we're gonna do a really impressive photo shoot using available light, and flashes, and home built li...
ghts, all this great stuff. So, who is this class for? Well, let's say you're a photographer, you're kind of new into photography, and you don't have a lot of money to spend on buying really expensive lighting equipment. That was me, that was me a number of years ago. I've been a professional photographer full time for about 12 years now, and when I went full time, I remember I had to build a portfolio. In fact, I didn't have a whole lot of portrait photographs, and so I was like, "I gotta go build a portfolio. "How do I do this without having all this equipment?" So I literally made a bunch of equipment. I made a background, I made a backdrop, I had some flashes, I had some little speedlights, but I didn't have all the soft boxes, and all the reflectors, and all the umbrellas. So I had to build some of that stuff. You know what the cool thing is, is that I was actually able to make some really great photographs using this inexpensive gear. As time went on, and as I built my portfolio, I was able to buy some more equipment, which is cool. And now I have lots of nice stuff, I've got pro photo lighting equipment, and studio strobes, but I didn't 10, 15 years ago. So this class is for you, it's for all the people out there who wanna build great photographs, but don't have the money to actually go out and buy all the equipment. So to that end, I'm gonna show you how to build a soft box out of a cardboard box, how to build reflectors out of foam core, how to use a studio like this. We've actually fabricated this little area here to represent a small bedroom in your home, or in your garage. So that's the plan for today. I'm really happy you're here, and I just hope that you guys are gonna learn a lot about this equipment and this great way to do photography.
Ratings and Reviews
I was so glad to see Mike! He taught my first DSLR class (Nikon D70 - then Nikon D300). I love his presentation style. It is so clear and he takes care of showing details that get in the way of actually 'doing it'. And I like the way he emphasizes good manners when dealing with a model. Well done Mike!
I've watched this class a few times when it's been on-air and I realized I really need to just buy it. I find Mike so likable and engaging, and I love how he talks you through the shoot while experimenting. Sometimes the experts show you the perfect way to do it the first time but it leaves you not really able to troubleshoot when you are doing it yourself. I already own a lot of gear that his DIY equipment is emulating, but it's really artistically inspiring to see his creative approaches.
This course is fantastic! You don't need a lot of money to start a studio or go on location. Mike shows some great easy hacks anyone can use to create a studio and create professional photographs that will earn you the money to then purchase more pro equipment. I got some great ideas I'll be using on my next shoot!