Shooting Still Subjects

There are advantages to shooting still subjects, especially indoors in a studio, such as the ability to control light and choosing camera settings that can take you through the entire sitting. Still, it’s important to keep a few basics in mind because, even experienced shooters make these missteps, and it can show in the final result. When prepping for a sitting or a product photography shoot, take these tips with you for fantastic final results:


Go Low With ISO:  Consider starting at ISO 100 for indoor studio shots. This is particularly important for new photographers beginning in studio photography. ISO 100 offers the lowest noise option and the best quality. You can adjust as needed, but you consider adjusting your lighting fist to properly cover your subject.

Tripod, Tripod, Tripod:  Your subject isn’t moving, so make sure you aren’t, either! A tripod provides important stability, which results in increased sharpness in your images and will also add impact to your overall composition. While this may seem like an obvious tip, you’d be surprised at how many experienced photographers still shoot handheld. Handshake impacts images.

Manual Maximizes Exposure:  Consider switching from autofocus to manual mode when shooting in studio. A camera’s auto exposure modes will read ambient light, not light from strobes, and this will impact your overall exposure. Some initial test shots will help you choose the proper exposure setting for your light setup.

Close In:  When photographing in studio, one of the most common beginner’s mistakes is leaving too much space around the subject. For certain compositions, you’ll need to leave room for the background to properly accent the subject and to create the imagined mood for the image. Just make sure that part of the sitting includes tighter shots. Zoom in closer than might be a bit comfortable than normal. Take a few photographs with varying distance and evaluate the results in the editing room. Many photographers find that closing in brings some of their best work in studio. It may work for you, too!

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