How to convert a shed into a photo studio

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How to convert a shed into a photo studio
Turn an old shed into a quaint photography studio for your home-based business. (winter shed image by Paul Coskery from

Starting a home business offers plenty of rewards, including the ability to stay home and work when you feel like working; being able to provide an income for your family; and not having to listen to anyone except yourself. Working from home has its perks, although deciding where to set up the studio may prove a challenge. A storage shed is separate from the main quarters of the home, and is just the right size to do the job.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Carpet remnant
  • Carpet tape
  • Photo backdrops
  • 3 shelves
  • Photo props
  • Lighting
  • Camera tripod
  • Desk
  • 3 chairs
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Picture frames
  • Sample work

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  1. 1

    Measure the size of the shed before purchasing a carpet remnant. Purchase a size to fit the entire floor, to ensure it is comfortable to walk on.

  2. 2

    Line the outer edges of the room with carpet tape, then lay the carpet remnant on the floor, pressing it firmly to the tape.

  3. 3

    Install the photo backdrops on the wall farthest from the door. Your backdrops may be as simple as a sheet hung on the wall; attach it with nails or hooks. If you have a professional backdrop on a stand, simply set it into place.

  4. 4

    Place two shelves on either side of the back drop area to serve as storage for the props.

  5. 5

    Install a curtain rod that spans the shed, from one side to the other. The best place for the rod would be in front of the tripod. Hang a curtain from the rod to provide a space for people to change clothes if they need to.

  6. 6

    Set the camera tripod in place. Check the angle of the camera to ensure you will get a perfect shot of the subject. Place a piece of tape on the carpet to mark the camera's standard location in case you need to move it.

  7. 7

    Place light stands on either side of the camera so they do not leave a shadow on the subject. When the lights are set in place, mark the standard position with a piece of tape on the leg.

  8. 8

    Install overhead lighting by attaching a bracket to the ceiling with the provided screws. Attach the lights, then position them where you need them.

  9. 9

    Set a desk behind the lights, to the right of the door. Place three chairs around the desk, for yourself and your clients.

  10. 10

    Connect the computer to the printer and camera. You may find it a nuisance to have to connect the camera to the computer after each use. Position the monitor for easy viewing by everyone.

  11. 11

    Set up a display area to the left of the door with samples of your work. Adorn a shelf with a large framed photo on top and smaller photos below, for instance, to create balance. Use a variety of shots to appeal to any customer.

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