Building a Mini Studio

One of the little projects I took on during lock down, was to build a small studio setup I could use for food photography and other tabletop projects.

I was looking for a small but flexible setup with food photography in mind. And I wanted to use my existing gear as much as possible. I knew my Elinchrom strobes and softboxes would do just fine. I had enough stands and clamps and stuff. I had a couple of smaller continuous lights from Lume cube. Not enough to light a set with continuous light tough. So I added 2 small PavoTubes from Nanlite. Together with my strobes that would cover lighting.

Finding proper backdrops had me worried the most. Everyone that’s doing something with food photography, always has interesting backdrops. I spent quite a bit of time on the internet researching the matter. And it was a little remark from Terry White on Scott Kelby’s The Grid podcast that set me on the right track. Eventually I found flat lay backdrops from Bresser that weren’t too expensive to get me started.

I’ve set everything up on a small 75cm x 75cm table from that famous Swedish company. It’ll fit in my office. No need to set up my full size photo studio. And it’ll be a lot easier and more convenient to get a little more creative with my photo photography.

I did my 1st few experiments with my beloved #duckie. Here’s a few results from those test shoots:

#duckie Test Shoot
#duckie Test Shoot
#duckie Test Shoot
#duckie Test Shoot

And these are the first few foodie pictures using the new setup:

Homemade Prawn Laksa
Breakfast Is Served

Not only do I shoot my own photos. But when it comes down to the foodie photos, I do my own cooking and my own food styling. As with my latex fashion shoots, a lot of work goes into the preparation, styling and finding the right props.

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