I make fun of my little “ghetto studio”, but in reality, it gives me the look I want and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. Studio type portraits are not my particular style, but I do feel that there is an appropriate time and place for them. Because I am not a professional photographer, I am not interested in spending a lot of money on equipment that I will rarely use, so I use what I have readily available. I would much rather put my money toward a new lens!
I have a roll of Savage Thunder Gray Seamless Paper (“53) to use as my background. Get ready, here comes the ghetto…to hold the background paper, I use a long piece of bamboo that a rug was delivered on. I’m sure a long piece of PVC would work just as well, as long as it is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the paper. I then thread the bamboo/PVC through the paper and balance it on two dining room chairs. Next up, I pull the paper out far enough onto the floor to provide a large enough space to place my subject. I like a good distance from the subject to background in order to blur the background a bit and make wrinkles/creases a little less obvious. Less time in Photoshop later! Then I use painters tape to hold the backdrop paper into place on the floor. I have used the seamless as the flooring, the actual wood floor, and on occasion a wool rug or fabric.
I have set up in my foyer as well as in my garage. I use all natural light, so, as in any natural light situation, I take a look at my subject and determine how the light is falling upon them prior to setting up. When using a garage or overhang, depending on the time of day, the direction of the light will change, so on different days and different seasons even, the orientation will differ. So, after about a 5 minute setup, here are a few images that I have come up with.
Since there were several questions about what type of blanket/fabric was used in the images, here is the link to the Faux Fur Mongolian Gray Fabric .