Make Excuses or Make Pictures: It’s YOUR choice!

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 1, 2018

Category: Photography

Whereas I understand the convenience of using a studio with their being backgrounds, kit, changing facilities for the model and (most times) heating, it’s most definitely NOT an essential part of Photography nor is it an excuse for not having taken pictures; let me explain…

Recently I spoke with a friend that was asking about working with Agencies but when I asked if they had a portfolio to show the agency that represented their best work and work they would ultimately like to get hired for, the answer was no. Adding to that, and this is the reason for me writing this, the reason and when I say reason you could read that as excuse was because they couldn’t afford to hire a studio.

Now don’t get me wrong, I totally get the budget issue … been there MANY times but for me it wasn’t a big enough reason to not be getting the pictures I wanted. I mean, what is a studio? It’s just a room right? So what’s wrong with using a room in your house and if you don’t have enough space there, how about hiring the local village hall for a couple of hours? I’ve hired Village Halls, and will continue to do so, because they are so incredibly cheap. I’ve paid as little as £20 for 4 hours.

Here’s just a few from the many portraits I’ve NOT photographed in a Studio but has been in a living room of a house, a Village Hall and a Bar…

Glyn Dewis

Then there’s the Great Outdoors; your own MASSIVE studio that comes with FREE Backgrounds and Props and best of all is FREE to use…

Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis

Sometimes I’ll even photograph subjects outside but make it looks as though we were indoors (because there was nowhere indoors available at the time and location we were at)…

Glyn Dewis Sony A7RII


Glyn Dewis Photography Elinchrom Sony

So I guess what I’m saying here is … You can make excuses or you can make pictures!

Such excuses as ‘I don’t have a studio’ , ‘Studios are too expensive to hire’ are exactly that … excuses. This is a creative industry so just be creative!

Make sense?

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    I love this post. Just what I needed to get me up and working on my portrait portfolio!

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