Setting up a makeshift studio doesn’t require a lot of space but it does require some improvisation.
I was in the basement of the First Congregational Church recently to photograph some children who attended Puppet Palooza–a week long puppet making workshop by Creative Kids Have Fun.
Young children are not the easiest of subjects.
That’s why there are photographers who specialize in just children.
Just like any kind of portraiture work, you have to engage your subject, spend some time with them.
Here is what I used to make head and shoulder portraits of these children.
- Canon 5 D Mark 2 body with a 50 mm f 1.4 lens
- 1 Cybersync radio trasmitter, 3 receivers
- 1 Canon 550EX Speedlight fitted with snoot on a light stand
- 1 Canon 580 EX Speedlight in Lumiquest diffuser on light stand
- 1 Canon 430 EX Speedlight with colored gel on its own stand
I chose a stairwell to set up my makeshift studio because I didn’t want to interrupt the workshop that was in progress.
Since I was only doing head and shoulder portraits, I didn’t need a whole lot of room .
Keep in mind, I was using my 5D Mark 2 a full frame DSLR.
The stairs worked well.
I could get the children to sit on different steps if they were different heights without having to move my lights up and down.
Having the children come to me one-at-a-time also allowed me to work without rushing.
As I was done with one, I asked them to send the next person up so there was no line.