How to Build An Affordable Home Photo Studio

        I know there are a lot of photographers out there who would love to have their own studio, but just don’t have enough space for all the studio equipment that is needed. A portable studio is the right solution! Choose for a complete studio flash light kit like the Metz BL-400 with two 400Ws lights, softboxes, tripods sync cable and even a transport bag where everything fits in easily after your shoot! For the background I think the Westcott X-drop is an awesome option, because is portable and very easy to use. You can buy different backdrops in colors like black and white, but also some vintage effects like this one in the image below for a more raw effect. I always use reflectors in the studio, to highlight any disturbing shadows or I use the black side to create a beautiful shadow. This one below is great for your home studio because of its compact size and light weight. For your camera I recommend a very sharp 50mm lens, like the Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4. This is the perfect angle for studio shoots when shooting in a small room. If you have more space, you can even go for the Sigma ART 85mm f/1.4. Start with the model standing in front of the backdrop and after many shots you probably captured all kind of poses and you are both out of inspiration for angles. Use a cool vintage stool or chair so you, as the photographer, can find new angles while your model can try new poses! Let’s shoot!

        1. Westcott X-Drop Backdrop Kit 2.Metz Studio Flash Lights 3. Falcon Eyes Reflector Set 4. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens 5. VTWONEN stool

        Liselotte Fleur



        Hello Liselotte,

        I left this comment here as felt this was best place to leave.
        Regarding your gear list: I noticed a lot is very expensive. I would love to know what photography gear you ‘started off’ with when you were looking for your first paid job or building up your portfolio please. Thank you.

        Best regards,


        Hi Chris,
        Thanks for your comment! I’ll definitely work on a new blog post with more affordable gear!

        Cool advice thank you! I’m starting my own home studio soon…

        Nice! Good luck with your own studio!