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Shooting the $2million image

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Keywords: martin_turner, studiophotography, concept, planning, composition, lighting, shooting, postprocessing, pro, professional_photography

This is the first in an eight part of the series Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image that looks at studio photography.

I’m going to look at Concept, Working With People, Planning, Composition, Lighting, Shooting and Post-processing. In passing I’ll talk about gear, but, really, studio photography is not about gear. It’s not even about having a dedicated space called a ‘studio’. For the past ten years, my studios have been set up in multi-use spaces, the larger the better. We bring in backgrounds, lights, models, sometimes a dress-maker, a make-up artist and a hairdresser, and usually some kind of caterer. Studio photography is a concept and a category that exists first and foremost in the mind. It is there that compelling images begin.


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Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) on September 27, 2017

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Thanks for writing/sharing this article Martin, a very fine reading indeed. I bought some basic stuff to make a make-shift studio at home, see how that works out. Looking forward to the rest :) Cheers, Tom

Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) on September 26, 2017

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Thanks for dedicating so much time to this detailed exposé of your craft. Episode One has spiked my appetite for more and I rather wish it were a Boxed Set so I could 'binge read' through the rest. Your ad brought back memories of my painting days in my late teens/early twenties when I often inadvertently dipped my brush into a mug of tea...just as it appears the lady on the left is about to do. Geoff

Philipp Duffy (Nuvolari) on September 24, 2017

Thanks for this, Martin. Very informative behind the curtains look which is helpful to an amateur like myself. I look forward to the next instalments!