In my humble opinion, especially when first starting out, it’s far too easy to fall into the trap of defining a studio and studio photography in limiting terms. A studio can be as grandiose as an expansive industrial space or as diminutive as a wall next to a window in the kitchen. So long as you can control the variables of light and shadow in the area by whatever means, I’d argue that it’s a studio. And if you’re clicking the shutter in that space, I’d say that you’re a studio photographer! The distinction is essential, as many photographers falsely believe they need a specific space style to explore and evolve. Unfortunately, this stops far too many from taking their first step and hinders those that already have from putting in the necessary time and effort to become more skilled and self-assured. The same goes for gear, honestly! Light is light, regardless of whether it’s coming from a strobe, LED, tungsten, fluorescent, or the good ol’ sun. I use all these light sources regularly and often mix them together depending on the mood I’m striving to create. Regardless of your specific space and gear, I implore you to cultivate a vision and mastery mindset. Make the most of what you have rather than focusing on what you lack. World-class imagery can be created with next to nothing, with an ample supply of vision and ingenuity. Do a museum-like space and the best gear make life easier? Generally speaking, the answer is an unequivocal yes. Is either of those necessary to create incredible imagery? The answer is a resounding no.
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