Studio photography is obviously very different than shooting in natural settings, but exactly what are the main pros and cons of taking photos in the studio? If you’re wondering the same, this post should help clear things up a bit.
Studio photography is much more staged than anything that’s done more naturally. This includes setting up props, posing models, using lights and more. Studio photography, because of these reasons, is more well-controlled but here are some more benefits you will get if you shoot in a studio:
- Control over Content
First and foremost, you will have all the control you need over what actually appears in your photos. Whether you want to take portraits, product photos, or fine art photos, you can set up your scene however you want.
- Control over Light
One of the biggest challenges photographers out and about have to face is to find the right kind of light. Being in a studio means that you can set up your own lights, just the way you want. This means you have control over the ambiance of your scene, the white balance, the exposure, and much more.
- Control over Equipment
In a studio, you also have access to all your gear that you may forget to take with you or simply choose not to take along because of weight on an outdoor shoot. This allows you to be more creative with the lenses you choose, get the look you strive to achieve, and shoot with more ease.
- Control over Time
Another big benefit of being a studio photographer is that you can work on your own time. Being in an indoor space means that you don’t have to worry about the light or the weather. Instead, you can simply work whenever you want to and not feel pressured to take photos. Also, you won’t miss any shots since you have so much control over what you’re photographing.
With the benefits out of the way, let’s take a look at what you miss out on as a studio photographer. So far, it may seem very easy and practical taking photos in a studio, but there is a lot that you will have to compromise on:
- Compromise on Content
Sometimes, you just want to take photos of something natural in its natural setting rather than bringing it to a studio. This can only happen if you step out of your studio. This is especially true in the case of something like street photography that just can’t be replicated indoors.
- Compromise on Light
You won’t have access to the beautiful natural light that can be used to make amazing photos. Yes, you can control the light inside a studio and use a photo editing software to mimic natural light, but you still won’t get the look that only sunlight during the Golden Hour can provide.
- Compromise on Curiosity
When you are taking photos outdoors, you can find inspiration in countless ways. You can meet new people, see new places, or notice new things about something you see every day. This also makes you want to go out, again and again, to see more and shoot more, which in turn keeps your motivated to create great images.
- Compromise on Imperfection
This may seem unusual, but the slight imperfections that come with shooting in an outdoor scenario are what makes images look more natural. A studio does allow you more control over what shows up in your final images, but you lose the character that only nature imbues in a photo.
In summary, shooting in the studio is great because of all the hold you have over your images but you also miss out on multiple facets of going out in the world to take great images that all have a story hiding in them.