No photo studio? Why not use your garage?

As a newbie photographer who’s trying to get into the photography business, having a studio is very necessary. But if you do not have the resources yet to set up a professional looking studio, why not start right at home…literally? A photography business like what PB Art Works has based out of your home is one of the ways for you to get started in becoming a professional photographer. Not to mention you don’t have to spend more on getting that new space and other expenses along with it since you are still starting out.

And if you don’t have a spare room to use as a studio, one great option would be to use the garage. Garages are spacious areas that leave enough room for your equipment and other things you will need for your photography studio. Here are the things you need to know on how you can use your garage to be your studio for your home photography business:

Step 1: Be Legal

First things first, it is important to have a strong legal foundation on your business to avoid future headaches, not to mention you will be able to deal with potential clients better by being a registered business. Make sure you get to know and follow the local regulations and laws in establishing a business. Along with it, it is also important to set up a bank account and deposit what you have planned to invest in your new business. Use this account also to pay for all your expenses.

Step 2: Set up Your Garage

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Converting your garage into a studio, or at least an amateur one, would depend very much on your financial resources. You must already know that professional photography equipment is expensive. Furthermore you need to consider and explore a few things before you get started. It is good if the ceiling of the garage is high, so that high camera viewpoints are possible. Also make sure you have enough space in the garage to set up your studio, especially if part of the garage is used for something else. Related to that, make sure that the existing equipment in the garage would not get in the way of the photography equipment you will set up for the studio.

Step 3: Set up Your Equipment

As it is the standard, you should first paint the ceiling and the walls in washable white. Choose the walls you will be using as backgrounds before installing the electrical outlets. You will need to have multiple power outlets for the equipment you will be setting up, and they need to be placed according to the background walls. Do not forget the air conditioning or some sort of ventilation as it will most probably get hot due to the lights you will be using. Speaking of lighting, the position of the garage door is also important as to how the light in the studio will play out.

Step 4: Light Your Garage

During the day, you can benefit from the large source of natural light coming into your garage studio, so you can use some lightweight equipment for starters like chairs, decors, and tripods that you can easily relocate according to the light. If you can’t afford all the professional tools and kits, there are a number of good DIY ideas on how to set the lighting up yourself.

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Step 5: Make room for growth, literally and figuratively

As you will become more knowledgeable and gain more work in your photography business, make sure you make an investment on additional learning and equipment that will help you shoot better photos. If it would warrant you to move to a bigger venue, perhaps a proper studio environment, it would be your call. What is important is that you are prepared to take your business to the next step.

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The Best Camera Phones for 2015

This year, we have seen some very impressive mobile phones offering some great camera functionality. But which of these phones are the best as far as photography is concerned? If you are on the lookout right now for a great camera phone, we have provided for you a list of the best camera phones in the market today that you should seriously consider having and give you as well a rundown of each camera’s features and see what each of them offer.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The latest flagship phone model of Samsung boasts of a lot of new and exciting features. As far as its cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S6 provides dual high resolution cameras: a 16 MP main camera at the rear and a 5 MP front facing camera for those detailed and clear selfies. Both cameras launch as fast as 0.7 seconds, allowing you to capture moments quickly.

Another feature which makes this phone stand out as a camera phone is its aperture of f1.9, which lets you take quality low light shots instead of looking grainy and optical image stabilization for those less blurry shots. Overall, the cameras take really high quality photos that make it a topnotch camera phone in the market today.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is one of the two recent iPhone models released by Apple, not to mention the first phablet sized phone it has released. Of the two, the iPhone 6 Plus is the more advanced as far as camera features go, which we will detail in a bit. Otherwise, on paper, it bears the same 8 MP main camera and the 1.2 MP front camera as the previous iPhone.

What makes the Apple iPhone 6 Plus stand out are camera’s features, with an improved aperture of f2.2 for better low light shots and a faster autofocus system which Apple calls “focus pixels.” Unique to the iPhone 6 Plus is the optical image stabilization feature, which helps provide better quality and more stable photo through its lens.

LG G4

With Samsung and Apple dominating the mobile phone industry at the moment, LG comes out with an impressive phone to give the two a run for their money that is the LG G4. For one, it boasts of a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP camera at the front, the highest resolution for a front-facing camera.

Inside, the camera boasts of an f1.8 aperture which provides very good performance even under low light conditions. It also has optical image stabilization and a manual mode which is the highlight of this camera as it provides more control of the photos you take with high quality results. It even allows you to shoot in RAW as well.

HTC One M9

HTC has put forth a good flagship phone with the HTC One M9, with a 20 MP main camera and a 4 MP front camera which is somewhat lower compared to the flagship Android phones of its competitors.

As far as the camera phones, it does the job well though again, it somewhat pales in comparison compared to the other flagship Android phones. The aperture at f2.0 is passable in quality. Image quality overall is good, however it lacks the definition that other cameras have.

Verdict

Based on features and real life performance, there is a consensus that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best camera phone in the market today. But the other phones are not far behind in terms of performance. Apple iPhone 6 still offers great photographic performance that has been a hallmark of iPhones since the introduction of the iPhone 4S years ago. And LG G4 offers some superior specs in some aspects while delivering camera performance at par with the others.

HTC One M9 seems to be on the losing end in the list. While it still provides good image quality, its performance is somewhat lacking compared to its competitors though it is not that far behind.

In the end, it all depends on user preference. All the phones listed here are very good camera phones. And if you are not looking in particular for any feature or capability, you will not go wrong with these phones.

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