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A Light Box and Portable Studio for Portrait Photographers


April 2020 issue Tech

A light box or portable studio may not seem like a tool portrait photographers would use very often. But what about using one to take your marketing imagery to the next level? I’ve been wanting to try a light box for just this purpose. Could I use it to create consistently styled social media peeks at products my clients order? The possibilities intrigued me.At first glance the Foldio3 from Orangemonkie seems like a good fit for this task. It collapses to an easy-to-store size, assembles... Continue Reading >

Product review: BenQ SW270C Monitor


February 2020 issue Tech

Color accuracy is the goal of every photographer, and it’s critical in portrait, fashion, and landscape photography. That’s why the introduction of the BenQ SW270C monitor is significant. Developed as part of the BenQ SW line, it’s designed for maximum color accuracy for still photographic applications. The 27-inch monitor delivers 2K resolution (2,560x1,440) and 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB color spaces. It has multiple input options, including USB-C for connecting the latest Apple... Continue Reading >

Small space, big business


January 2020 issue Business

Run a profitable business of any sizeWhen Marnie Clagett, CPP, opened her studio in 2009, the term “studio” was a bit of a stretch—to be more precise, it was a bit of a squeeze. Clagett worked out of a snug 110-square-foot room in her home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, using the space as a camera room, a presentation and consultation area, and eventually a shared office when her husband joined the business full time.Clagett would ultimately purchase a live-work space in her town’s... Continue Reading >

Research: Where clients want their photo sessions

9.25.2019 Business

Don't worry; you're in the right placeThere seems to be a perception that photography consumers mostly want their sessions outdoors or at another location rather than in a studio. Not so. Research by PPA shows that while there’s a small preference leaning that way, it’s not significant. That means no matter where you like to stage your sessions, there’s a market for your work. Here’s how it breaks down among consumers by generation. While respondents had to select one option or the... Continue Reading >

Find your next photo shoot location on Peerspace


September 2018 issue Business

Let’s say you usually do location photography but you occasionally need studio space. Or you have a studio, but your camera room is frequently idle while you’re working on other tasks. Peerspace brings together people who want to rent a location with location owners who want to share their space, including photo studios and locations suitable for photo shoots.Peerspace recently extended its service to Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Boston, giving it a major presence in nine major markets... Continue Reading >

Dachowski Photography studio aims for print sales

February 2017 issue Business

Dachowski Photography, run by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP, and Carolle Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., is based in Bedford, New Hampshire. While the Dachowskis handle nearly every photography specialty—wedding, family, baby, commercial, senior, child, product, and food—their primary focus is photographic illustrations of people. The Dachowskis have built their business on sales of wall portraits. Their studio reflects this strategy:There’s an inviting and... Continue Reading >

Bring a mini studio to your client


November 2016 issue Business

Lollipop Props system is a small-scale charmerIt can be challenging to talk new parents into leaving the comfort of their home right after having a baby, but that’s the best time for adorable newborn photography. With the Little Studio System from Lollipop Props by Westcott, you can take the studio to them. This 42-inch setup ensures studio-quality portraits—including stylish backdrops and faux wood floors—wherever you are.The foundation of the setup is a 12-piece aluminum frame... Continue Reading >

Full-service storefront studio creates credibility

October 2016 issue Business

In 2009, husband-and-wife team Dan McClanahan, M.Photog., and Alex McClanahan founded McClanahan Studio in Ames, Iowa, where they met as students attending Iowa State University.By 2012 the couple was able to purchase a 12,000-square-foot commercial building in the Ames historic district, which they remade into their dream studio, installing a new storefront gallery and remodeling vacant spaces to be rented. Now the McClanahan’s live and work in the fully rented building, balancing landlord... Continue Reading >
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