Studio Anywhere A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2015-03-30
  • Publisher: Peachpit Pr
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What’s your definition of a photo studio? Is it a room with a white seamless backdrop or a cyc wall? Maybe it’s simply anywhere you’re in control of the lighting. In a perfect world, where every day is a breezy 72 degrees with partial cloud coverage, we would all have a 5,000-square-foot studio–and the entire catalog of B&H™ in our equipment lockups.


But the reality is that you may have an outdated DSLR with two decent lenses (which took you several years to save up for), and all you have at your disposal is an unfinished basement, your garage, or the empty conference room at your office. That’s where Studio Anywhere comes in. With photographer Nick Fancher as your guide, you’ll learn how to get portfolio-ready photos while working in some of the most problematic scenarios imaginable. Whether shooting a corporate portrait, a test shoot with a model, or a promo shoot with a band, you’ll discover that most of the time, there’s no need for an expensive studio–you just have to get creative.


Studio Anywhere is a resource for photographers to learn through behind-the-scenes photos and lighting diagrams from a range of photo shoots–but it doesn’t stop there. Because directing a photo shoot involves more than simply knowing how to wield a camera or process a raw file, Nick also lets you in on the aesthetic decisions he makes in his signature photos, inspiring you to develop your own vision. And, finally, he describes his Lightroom and Photoshop workflow so you can learn how to deftly navigate post-processing.


  • Shows how to create images with minimal equipment that is within reach of anyone’s budget
  • Takes you through the entire shoot, from concept to lighting to exposure to post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Teaches how to build a portfolio without a dedicated studio space

Author Biography

Nick Fancher is a Columbus, Ohio–based portrait and commerce photographer. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in fine art photography in 2005. His clients have included JackThreads, ESPN Magazine, The Ohio State University, CVS, and Getty. He adores good coffee, music, and the film work of Charlie Kaufman. He can be found online at nickfancher.com, @nickfancher (Twitter), and nickfancherphoto (Facebook).

Table of Contents


My Gear Breakdown (Rent v Own)

Protip: How to deconstruct a photograph

I. The Living Room Studio

1. Portrait on a blank wall

Protip: Quickly extend backgrounds in post

2. Using existing space

3. Window light

Quiz: Deconstruct this photo

II. The Backyard Studio

4. Head shots

5. Taking advantage of DOF

Protip: Getting the most out of one location

6. Kiddie pools: Whooda thunk it?

7. Shooting product

Quiz: Deconstruct this photo

III. The Basement Studio

8. Clean light

9. Moody light

10. Hard light

Protip: Pursuing editorial work (workbook)

11. Creating custom backdrops

12. Shooting product

13. Pet portraits

Quiz: Deconstruct this photo

IV. The Office Studio

14. Using a dry erase board as backdrop

15. Getting the drop on drop ceilings

16. Corporate portrait

Protip: Shooting the same subject in different ways

17. Linoleum floor product shot

Quiz: Deconstruct this photo

V. The Park Studio

18. Isolating the beautiful with a backdrop

19. Taking child portraits to the next level

Protip: Get soft light without modifiers

20. Transform rainy, gray weather

21. Eclipse the sun

Protip: HSS v ND

22. Make an average sunset a masterpiece

Quiz: Deconstruct this photo

VI. The Street Studio

23. Backdrop on sidewalk

24. Use the roof of your car

25. Using alleys and residential streets

Protip: Scout locations from your computer

26. On┐ramps and off┐ramps

27. Parking garages

Quiz: Deconstruct this photo

Epilogue: What’s Next?

Building your SEO

Building a creative team

Selecting the right images for your portfolio

Quiz answer key

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