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Build a DIY Home Studio

with Mike Hagen

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About The Class

Create A Studio Wherever You Live

Getting started in photography and looking to go beyond natural light? Not every piece of equipment needs to hurt your wallet. Join Mike Hagen as he shows you how to create your own do it yourself home studio. He’ll show you to create a $10,000 DIY photography studio on a budget and how to utilize and still create quality looking images. 

 You’ll learn:

  • How to find and create grip equipment by shopping at your local hardware store 
  • How to create a tabletop studio in your home 
  • How to put together and light a portrait studio on a budget.
You don’t have to have your own studio space or purchase thousands of dollars worth of equipment to build your portfolio of images. Join Mike as he gets you expanding your portfolio so you can gain the clients to eventually purchase the gear you want to own!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Home Studio Space Considerations

  3. 03

    Recommended Gear

  4. 04

    Low Budget DIY Studio

  5. 05

    Camera Settings For Low Light

  6. 06

    Live Shoot: Low Ceiling

  7. 07

    Backdrop Considerations for DIY

  8. 08

    Build a DIY Backdrop Stand

  9. 09

    DIY Portrait Lighting

  10. 10

    Live Shoot; DIY Portraits

  11. 11

    Build a DIY Light Tent

  12. 12

    LiveShoot: DIY Product Photography Part 1

  13. 13

    Live Shoot: DIY Product Photography Part 2

  14. 14

    Live Shoot: DIY Home Business Photography

  15. 15

    Build a DIY Macro Lighting Tub

  16. 16

    Live Shoot: DIY Lighting Tub

  17. 17

    Live Shoot: Natural Lighting With Modifiers Part 1

  18. 18

    Live Shoot: Natural Lighting With Modifiers Part 2

  19. 19

    Build DIY Gobos

  20. 20

    Live Shoot: the Ultimate in DIY


Meet Your Expert

Mike Hagen

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer, author, and workshop leader. He's taught hundreds of workshops and thousands of students over the years on just about all photo topics including camera gear, studio lighting, Photoshop®, Lightroom®, landscape, travel, and digital workflow. ... read more

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  • zip DIY Schematics
  • zip Lighting Diagrams
  • pdf Product List for DIY Home Studio

93% of students recommend this class.
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  • Jodz


    October 2016

    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!

  • user-0ee681

    November 2016

    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.

  • joanna

    October 2016

    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!

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