Spoiler Alert: No Studio Was Involved in the Making of These Photos








Set Up.

You may think that I took these photos in a studio but let’s face it, I’m a poor college student. I don’t have a studio of my own yet. However, I do have my creativity and knowledge in a method of photography called SQIBB which stands for “Studio Quality Invisible Black Backdrop.” Let me let you in on another secret. I took all of these pictures with my classmates Brittany and Emily on campus, during the day. Once again, faux studio. Luckily I have a cool campus filled with cool objects and people, because I was able to find interesting subjects to take pictures of. I mean can we talk about those masks and that pot? They’re pure art and the best part is that I stumbled upon them on campus.

Alright, let’s get down to the technicalities. I’m going to let you know how I was able to create these studio quality photos. First things first, camera settings. I had my ISO at about 100 but adjusted the number higher as needed. The aperature was at 1/200 ,I didn’t really need to change that while I took photos and finally my f stop was at f/8 and that didn’t really need to change either since I was inside. These photos can also be achieved outside but I decided to work inside. Anyway, as you can see in the set up picture, there was also a speed light involved and a trigger on my camera. The speed light had a shutter speed of 1/80 but that was adjusted depending on how closer or far away I was from the object. We also put a snoot on the speed light to isolate the light. By doing that we were able to create that black background that gave the photos a studio effect.


If you’re looking for more ways to create your own studio quality pictures, you should check out this article that gives you tips the items you’ll need to achieve this. At Home Studio. One of the most important things on this list is a speed light. They add magic to your photos.