Jordan Chan | Getting Started in studio photography

Today’s guest is Jordan Chan, a portrait photographer from Mobile, Alabama and in-house photographer and designer for Denny Manufacturing. He has some great tips for getting started in studio photography (even if you don’t have a studio) and some compelling thoughts about why learning to shoot studio photography could be the next big thing for your business.


 Why Studio?

In an industry where on location, natural light photography is prevalent, a lot of people think that shooting in studio is old school, boring and not creative.  Others feel that it’s not possible to get the variety of images or capture the emotions that can be captured on location. According to Jordan, that simply isn’t true.  By using a variety of backgrounds and lighting techniques, the sky really is the limit in studio.

“The limitation is really in your mind.  If you open up your mind and break the rules, you can do anything in studio.”

According to Jordan, studio sessions are also less rushed.  With no concerns about weather or light, you’re free to let your creativity go.  Studio photography also makes good business sense.  There’s a lot to be said for the fact that studio photography can be created at any time of day, 365 days of the year.

Getting Started

There are a number of things about studio photography that may be intimidating.  Traditional studio lighting isn’t something that you can just set up without some training.  Studio space and equipment can be expensive.  So how do you break into this area?  Jordan recommends getting your feet wet by investing in a backdrop, taping it to a wall outdoors and shooting against it with natural light.

Studio lighting is also less expensive and less difficult to learn than ever before.  Continuous lights are a great option for someone new to studio photography.  Over the last few years, high quality continuous lights have gotten very affordable.  They’re simple to set up because you can see the light while you shoot. Many natural light photographers find that the transition to a studio setup doesn’t involve too much of a learning curve.

Get the whole story about getting started in studio photography by watching or listening to this week’s show.

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Special Offer from Denny Manufacturing

Special shout out to Denny Manufacturing for making Jordan available to us for this interview. Denny is the world’s largest manufacturer of photo backdrops, hand painted backgrounds, photo props and studio equipment.  Their backdrops are designed in-house and their Freedom Cloth backdrops are portable, wrinkle-free and can be machine washed and dried.

Try Denny Freedom Cloth backdrops for 50% off until December 18th, 2014.

Also, Denny has a really cool Buyers Club that can save you up to 50% on Denny backdrops as well as additional discounts on other products, including StickyAlbums.  More information can be found HERE.


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