How to set up your first photo studio – The Dixon Pilot


Setting up your first photo studio can be intimidating when you have a ton of equipment that needs a home. Here’s how you should set up your photo studio so that it’s easy to navigate and visually appealing.

Create a props section

If you have a few props for your clients that can be used interchangeably between shoots, consider storing them in an easy-to-access storage container in a closet. If you don’t have a closet, try storing the props on a shelf far from your shooting area to keep the space tidy and free from hazards.

Create a shooting section

The area where you shoot is the most important area of ​​your studio. This is where you will spend most of your time creating magic. Make sure you keep this area clutter-free and only set up your essential devices for optimal productivity.


Your lights should be stationed opposite and facing the background. These lights illuminate your subject and essentially help create the “set” for your client. You can use softbox lights, spotlights, or any other special effects lighting.


Studio backgrounds enhance your photo studio and make your shots look more professional. They can help bring a theme together or simply serve as a simple backdrop for your subject to shine. The backdrops should be in the center of the room and the lights should be aimed at it.


Reflectors are a great way to illuminate shadows and should be placed directly under a subject, somewhere in front of a light source. This is not a stationary item, so feel free to move it around if needed. However, it should never be behind the subject or near the background.

Make a section for the wardrobe

The wardrobe should be on the side of the shooting set. If you offer clothing for your customers, place a visible shelf, a privacy screen and a standing mirror on the side. If you want this to feel more private to your customers, you can store these items in a separate room if you have the space or closet.

Keep your gear neatly stored and labeled

You should keep your gear close by for easy access on set. For organization, keep your gear tagged and in clear storage boxes on a shelf. You can place this tiered shelf next to your set.

There are many ways to set up your photo studio. However, it is important to keep the organization and functional space structure in mind. Try to create as much open space as possible and keep your important gear close by or in an area that feels comfortable.


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