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Photography set-ups
This page is part of the Living Pictures online photo magazine.

There are many kinds of studio and shoot setups. 
Most professionals use the same ones frequently. 
Everything depends on lighting.   
Once a setup is found to produce the desired results, it's used often. 
When shooting hundreds of photos daily, it's difficult to keep changing camera and light settings. 
A good light meter is invaluable, and should be used periodically to check the lights.

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Muslin backgrounds are usually used, because they take a lot of abuse.  
Roll paper can be used, too, but it is very fragile.
Shoots can be very long and exhausting.

Set-up for infant portraits

photo tip Infant portraits--
Infant photography requires a special approach.   
Lights must be soft and not too bright. 
This style uses a light (about 75ws) above the camera 
and another onto the backdrop. 
The baby is placed on its stomach on top of a couple of bed pillows. 
These are covered by a blanket.  
Baby should be at least 2 months old. 
Have the mother or assistant watch for sudden movements.  
I use a normal lens, which allows me to be close to the subject 
and get its attention. 

Work as quickly as possible or the baby will complain. 
If necessary, give it a comfort break.  see also:  infants

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A home studio set
A comfortable, home setting is great for individuals and families. 
Very often this type of set can be much more relaxing for subjects. 
A variety of cloth backgrounds are used.

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Pet photo shoot setup
Smaller pets are placed on a table, a few feet in front of a backdrop. 
Colored gels are used to light the background.  
Large pets are place on the floor, on a large sheet of fabric

Basic school individual setup.  Background for young children

   Elementary schools
also similar for high-school, but with different background.

outdoor setups can be nice, but watch the weather forecast!

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