Do It Yourself – The Essentials You Need In A Home Photography Studio

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Photography is a hobby of mine that helps me capture little moments of time. Be it landscapes or family portraits, I just can’t get enough of it. So when it came time to build a home studio, I was both excited and confused. I didn’t know where to start, after a little research and some help, I was able to create my own home studio.

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To make the process easier for you, I have a list of essentials you need in a home photography studio. You can find all the products that we’re going to recommend you on the site We have verified their presence to simplify your purchase, we also recommend using Toby Deals discount codes to save even more. The discount codes are alphanumeric sequences to be included in the cart that will allow you to get an immediate and free discount on the total.


What is a studio without a camera? I am a fan of Canon and recommend the 7D Mark II.The DSLR has all the functionality you would need to take any type of photograph. It also has the capabilities to shoot videos in Full HD so makes it easier to capture home videos also.

Portability is key when it comes to cameras; you want to be able to move it around with ease be it in the studio or out of it. The 7D Mark II is both lightweight and compact so you can take it with you anywhere.

The 7D Mark II is just a suggestion; I’ve used it for a while and have become accustom to it. If it is out of your range or you feel comfortable using another camera that is completely fine. Everyone has their own preferences; the key here is to have a camera that can produce pictures of quality.


The lens I like to shoot portraits with is the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM when in the studio this will probably be your go-to lens. The lens has exceptional focus and ensures the portrait you capture is crisp and clear. This will be your essential portrait lens, you can keep other lenses for other purposes.


Even though at the time of purchase, I didn’t really think that the tripod was a necessity but with time it proved to be quite valuable. It makes videos look more professional and also allows you to capture flat lays. The tripod I use in my studio is the Vanguard VEO 2, made from aluminum. This means it is lightweight and easy to fold and put away.


In the digital age today, people tend to be more concerned about putting their pictures on social media rather than printing it. However, one of the main functions of a studio is to develop prints not just a digital copy. To do this, you want a printer that is easy to use and mobile. The Photobee Portable Printer has WiFi capabilities and allows you to print directly from your smartphone or tablet Since you will be using your camera to take pictures, you can print them through the laptop.

Another great printer option is the Canon CP1300. Like the Photobee it has wireless capabilities, printing photos at 300 dpi. It also has an SD card slot so you can slot your camera’s memory card in and print using the 3.2” LCD screen. So you can print easily immediately after taking portraits without the hassle of transferring to a computer.


Lighting can be tricky in a room so rather than relying on lights, I find it easier to use flash for photographs in the studio. I have warm lighting in my studio and the flash helps in making the pictures brighter. I have the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI flash which functions well with my camera. It has an auto intelligence bounce head and you can rotate it between 120-180 degrees depending on the amount of light you need.

You don’t need an elaborate setup for your home studio. As long as you have the essentials, you should be good to go.

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