How To Setup A Studio In Your Home

I’ve been asked to show my lighting setup many times, so here it is! I also demonstrate how I setup focus, audio and more before I shoot a podcast episode. This involves both natural light and setting up a few lights to polish the look.

I don’t have a studio and have to make do with what I have, so if you are shooting out of your home this should be a helpful guide to making your space work.

Gear I Use For Each Episode

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Camera Strap Stabilization: Strap + Lens With Image Stabilization = Jib-Like Shots

jib-like-shotsA couple weeks ago I was traveling with my wife and we stopped in at the Armstrong Redwoods. As per usual, we broke out the camera for some stills. I wasn’t planning on shooting any video, but got a hankering to get some footage of those incredible trees and the lighting was amazing. Of course without any monopod or rig that was going to be difficult. But I did have a camera strap and my Tamron 24-70mm with VC (Vibration Control). So I turned on the VC and used the strap to get some smooth shots. Check out the video below to see the results. Not bad!

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I’ve been using the Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 VC for some time now and really love it. It has become my main lens for almost everything. And the VC feature makes it a no brainer for DSLR video.

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Wednesday Rigging: 3 Configurations with 1 DSLR Shoulder Rig

DSLR Rig Review

I don’t always use rigs… But when I do, I find that I tend to want to alter the form factor several times during a shoot. This is, of course, impossible. Having to break out tools on set and tinker with rigs isn’t efficient or possible at all. But after playing with some gear, I think I have found a great solution. Using the Polaroid DSLR Rig and some other parts, I’ve made a small shoulder padded rig that can instantly break into 3 different configurations.

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