In Studio vs On Location Photography

Yesterday, I had the chance to photograph some products in-studio for a company that distributes boxes, labels and those plastic containers that grocery stores keep fruit and vegetables in. The client also brought in an assortment of fruit and veggies to fill the plastic containers and provided some much needed color to the clear plastic. Last week, I also went on location to a construction company office and took some head shots of the employees there. When looking back at the two, there are definite advantages and disadvantages to being in studio and going on location.

On location shoots bring our studio to you. We can bring equipment, backdrops when necessary, lighting, and more. And in the case of this particular photo shoot, it makes an easy way for us to come to you instead of sending 11 of your employees to us – meaning your time isn’t disrupted for long periods of time. But, as silly and obvious as this may seem, we can’t bring our studio space to you. When I arrived, it was obvious the small building didn’t have a lot of space to work with, so they decided to have me setup in the entrance way. This small space was probably about 5 x 7 feet – much different from our enormous studio! So after playing with the light setup, I decided I could only use one light without over highlighting the employees, and I used a reflector to bounce light from the other side. The end result worked pretty well, but I would have greatly prefered to be in our studio.

Our studio is quite large. We have complete lighting across the ceiling, an open area for video production that allows for cranes and dollys, and just about every piece of professional equipment possible. Between the ample size and more equipment than I even know what to do with sometimes, we are able to provide clients with the highest quality photography and video production available. For instance, with the photo shoot yesterday, I was able to move the camera almost anywhere, spread out the lighting (and have full control of it) and do whatever else I needed with the equipment and subject. But of course, I was working with inanimate objects that could be left here overnight and didn’t require much personal time from the client.