Portrait Studio – How to Set Up a Home Photography Studio for Under $200

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In this video, you will learn how to set up a photography studio at home for under $200.

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A big thank you to Binita for helping me with this video. You can find her on Instagram @bindalia

Are you a baller on a budget? Want to take studio portraits at home? Then this video is for you.

You don’t need to spend a ton of money on gear to get a sick home photo studio setup. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced photographer, you can create some awesome studio portraits in your own home with just a simple kit.

The main things that you need are a clean background and some studio lighting. I shot the photos in this tutorial just using a simple softbox continuous lighting setup and a collapsible muslin backdrop. You can even just use a white wall as your background if you want.

Here are links to the specific gear I used in this video (Amazon affiliate links):

LimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Light Lighting Kit Photo Equipment Soft Studio Light Softbox 24″X24″ – $61.50

Fovitec StudioPRO – 5′ x 6.5′ Gray Double-Sided Pop-Out Muslin Backdrop – [Collapsible Background] – $54.95

Grand Total Spent on Studio Gear = $116.45

If you’re interested in other photo gear I use and recommend, check out my page on Amazon:

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  1. Dan Bullman Photography says

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  2. gary daniel says

    my nigga she bad son!

  3. psmith5353 says

    Love the video!

  4. Dishon Ambrose says

    This guy has a kind voice. I like this video.

  5. H V says

    chk your white balance please.

  6. TNO says

    the lights are still very hard on her face. try feathering the light.

  7. aiden melanie says

    more videos bro, that s very good

  8. aiden melanie says

    well explained bro, am planning to start with own studio very soon

  9. Ric Patton / AlabamaBluesMan says

    Wow Thanks Bro

  10. Bill Losse says

    It's always nice when you have tall ceiling.

  11. Nabeel Ahmed says

    ur pics saying loudly we are 60 dollars lights lol

  12. Francisca Daniels says

    you're amazing thanks for your help

  13. Jazmyn Horn says

    I have a ring LED light. Would that be usful or would you recommend the box lighting?

  14. Joe Goeglein says

    That camera looks tttiiiny in your hands wow

  15. nana CS says

    is she your girlfriend? cz i think i'm in love

  16. nana CS says

    She soooooo cute damn

  17. Damian Brown says

    Slightly misleading thumbnail huh

  18. Lia Fornos says

    I love this it’s so helpful and will help me start my portfolio for modeling

  19. Aldo Diosdado says

    Mate, it was really useful. Thank you so much!!!

  20. Angela Jackson says

    This video was very helpful, but what camera was used?

  21. ZELUS LONDON says

    Great video for introducing the affordable photography approach!

  22. kevser98 says

    Thanks for the video!! great 🙂

  23. Edgar Castellanos says

    Benita bonita!

  24. Mark Harris says

    Great video with a lot of common sense, and some fantastic shots. I have a studio setup with 4 monos, various modifiers, reflectors and stands etc. They were always bought at good prices and I have the use of a room at the charity I’m an advisor for. The lights are generic cheaper ones that go under several names, but I’ve had them several years with no problems at all and the light is always very consistent. I cannot adjust them from my camera, only fire them, but the friend who moves all my gear for me is my voice activated remote control. Because my work is still life and food I tend to use one light, reflectors and flags. When I’m not fit enough to go to the charity I set up speedlights at home. It’s refreshing to see someone working with a more simple set up and not the Broncolor or Profotos you often see on YouTube. They cost mega bucks and create a very unrealistic expectation of what you need to set up. I’m really pleased that you put this video out as it shows a brilliant starting point and you can build your "studio" up slowly and I’ve been building mine up over 8 years. The great thing about your lights that I don’t think you touched on is that they are perfect for pets and newborns because there is no flash to frighten them. Well done indeed, just one teeny thing a reflector would help you bounce a bit of light in from the other side of the young lady's face, it’s amazing how effective they are.

  25. Sam Zhai says

    Thank you for showing me how to do it so that I don't have to experiment and stumble by my self.

  26. ghw7192 says

    Good video!  When I decided to set up a "studio" in my small apartment back in 1972, I had three Vivitar 283 flashes, a couple of small umbrellas and two Smith Victor light stands.  Exposure was calculated using guide numbers.  LOL!!!  I like your approach a whole lot better!

  27. Huicho Dominguez says

    Que bonita Benita

  28. omnesilere says

    Consider moving the lotion away from the bed for your videos lol

  29. Casa de Chrisso says

    Exactly how I started. Nowadays I use even less, one light only, the rest and the backdrop is in the attic. 🙂

  30. Tay Thames says

    Nice video!

  31. Markku Heikkinen says

    Good video and really useful advice, first time when is made studio photos keep setup simple than possible and then add more, reflector and additional lights then you shown this video. I bought about more than ten years ago full set flashes and reflectors and spend money about thousand and get some kind of photos than you.

  32. Manuel Guzman says

    That ending actually made me lol. Great tips, Dan!

  33. Carter Hasegawa says

    Did you consider adding an OTC speedlight to the mix? I ask because I love the simplicity of the setup that you're showing and Binita does look gorgeous, of course, but the shadow from that the one light feels extreme and arguably distracting. I think I'd want to add another light to cut down the shadow, or possibly even a reflector. What do you think? Maybe I'm missing the point that it's so easy to set up a home studio … but I guess that's why it quickly becomes complicated for me. The one continuous light doesn't seem enough.

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