Home Photography Studio Setup – Tips for building a DIY Home Portrait Studio on a budget
Home Photography Studio Setup – Tips for building a DIY Home Portrait Studio on a budget

100 thoughts on “Home Photography Studio Setup – Tips for building a DIY Home Portrait Studio on a budget”

  1. Audrey McCouch says:

    Gold, as always!! My question is what you like to use as a posing stool? Is it better to have something completely backless for range of motion, or a little back support to help the client feel better supported? I am hoping to find something low profile and adjustable so I can use it for bigger kiddos, but thinking mostly headshot type work. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!

  2. dopeydad1221 says:

    This video is Gold-Dust, like all of Joe's stuff. Clearly explained, concise with no BS. Filled with really good ideas if you're looking to build your own studio.

  3. Martynas Juozaitis says:

    Why blue fingernail?

  4. TherealElliot says:

    That was so worth watching, so many great tips and ideas. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Matthew H. Mendez says:

    Hey I know it's an older video but wanted to know if you have more details on how you did the 6 backdrops to the ceiling. I get the holder on the 1×4 but how are the background holders mounted to the walls and is that the only thing holding the rolls up (no bar across the entire length of the roll).

  6. Gian Gapan says:


  7. thanga mani says:

    its very useful as thankyou

  8. Tran Thai Binh says:

    Thank you for sharing this. This is amazing!

  9. Icepeak Travel says:


  10. steve nally says:

    You are a clever bloke!

  11. Fredrik Linde says:

    You're the man! Thanks a lot for this video! Let me ask you, since you have 2.4 m height, would you say that that's okay, too little or to much?

  12. castiel vargas says:

    I am so glad i found you. There is no better channel to learn everything you need

  13. Steve Steve says:

    Very well equipped!!! great!!!

  14. Kathy Robinson says:

    ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡The box is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing

  15. Sam Biswas says:

    Shirt ๐Ÿ‘š shirt ๐Ÿ‘š shirt ๐Ÿ‘š

  16. EmJ Photo says:

    WOW. This space is a dream. I can't wait to have something like this for myself, what an inspiration!!

  17. Juicefulll says:

    dem nails trip me so hard.
    nice vid tho

  18. Pedro says:

    Awesome ideas. And within 15 minutes! Excellent video.

  19. Exxes Hauffen says:

    We have 22 x 22 ft space at my home that I wish to make into a home studio. This video was very inspiring. Thanks.

  20. Happy Farmer says:

    im so jelly

  21. Ian Mak says:

    Hi Joe, wonderful video! Very creative and information, it just shows the wisdom and experience from you. I have learnt so much from your other videos, especially with single light portrait shoots, that I am also planning to start setting up a small space at home to start doing head shots portraits! Thank you so much for your teaching.

  22. TeaEarlGrey says:

    That is a fancy set up! Well done.

  23. Delmar ray says:

    i was interested in the seamless paper until you said no carpet thats all in the house. besides in the kitchen, is there any other kind i can use

  24. joshua brooks says:

    This is so good!

  25. Luke Reynolds says:

    dude, this is amazing and I'm jealous!

  26. Danny Fung Photo says:


  27. Greenski says:

    im trying to work with 8×12 feet. any genius ideas?

  28. Tricia Disandro says:

    What would you charge to come down to Philly and help a nice girl set up her studio? You should really think about consulting on studio design!!

  29. Michael Lasko says:

    I would like to make a home studio but am worried that I do not have the hight I need. What is the ideal hight you need?

  30. Andrew Hulson says:

    This is the best home studio Iโ€™ve seen. Fantastic use of space. Thank you very much for sharing Joe ๐Ÿ‘

  31. Thom Brand says:

    Hi Joe Edelman, great studio set-up! It shows in the results. I would like to set-up my own studio and my space is pretty much the same as yours, except I have a higher ceiling and 6m by 4m. My question to you is: would I manage with 6m? I have understood that it's best to be able to take as much distance from the subject (full body shot, head to toe) as possible, about 8m would be perfect. I could reach that but then I'd have to tear out a dry-wall. Should I go for more distance or is a room of 6m enough?

  32. Serginho Pelon says:

    super cool!!! thanks

  33. Mommahans says:

    Thanks. Converting a detached one car garage to a small studio. Searching for dyi inexpensive ideas

  34. Suad Bejtovic says:

    Fantastic video with lots of ideas. Thank you, Joe!

  35. Robert Douglas says:

    Really awesome video Joe! Lots of solid ideas!

  36. John Ashton says:

    Fantastic! Really instructive and not too difficult. Someone could adopt all of these tips or just a few of them. Thank you!

  37. Massimiliano Ferrari says:

    hi joe, what did you put between the hooks and the ceiling?

  38. HTC Maria says:

    Gracias, gracias por los consejos tan buenos y vรญdeos que ademรกs puedo entender!!!!

  39. widodo rasyid says:

    So creative…

  40. Oshi says:

    Really great studio, maybe this could be a deciding factor when I buy my own home.

  41. ted K says:

    Wow, that is a great home studio and its obvious how much thought you've put into it. You can sure be proud of what you have accomplished. thanks for sharing, I'm headed down to Home Depot…Ha

  42. Vadim Om says:

    dude i love you xdddd
    that scene with maneken LMAO

  43. Rhey-son London says:

    Hi Joe, can I ask what is the name of the tube attached on the edge of your seamless background roll? Thanks in advance.

  44. Dany G says:

    Freaking genius.

  45. Tom Bohon says:

    Joe – great video (again). Thank you. I'm curious about the tethered camera, specifically what software we saw on the screen. This is something I am going to need to be able to do but so far haven't been able to find anything that works. Any hints or suggestions would be most appreciated.

  46. asher sidi models says:

    -love from Israel โ€ฆโ€ฆ.


  47. Jรผrgen KaรŸnitz says:

    for me this is the best video about building a DIY Home Studio – although I`m only a hobby photographer mainly using speedlights there are so many usefull tips – thanks a lot for your inspiration, Joe

  48. Jas Bataille says:

    The flash strobes heads on monitor stands at the corners… #genius. I hope my studio will look like yours one day!

  49. Build Guild nโ€™ Refine TV says:

    Wow Joe, that's all I can say!! As much as I already valued your knowledge, this video gave me a completely new appreciation for your skills!!

  50. Doug Moffett says:

    Hi Joe…. first off… I really enjoy learning from you videos and belong to your TOG CHAT group….. I have a simple question, I'm remodeling a room at my house for a studio. I see your walls and ceilings are white, should I use a flat white or a satin white for my walls and ceiling. Also I have a concrete floor, would it be wise to use carpet or just paint it? Thank you for any advise!!

  51. em.mauf says:

    Ur humour, I like…๐Ÿ˜‚

  52. Eliam Royalness says:

    Amazing set up!

  53. J Cross says:

    Great creative space set up! always informative, always on point. Keep up the awesome work.

  54. Precious Stone says:

    This is not a studio on a budget. With all those lighting equipment and structures look expensive.

  55. WHITE LION says:

    That box idea is great!

  56. Tom Feaser says:

    Hello Joe, Thank you so much for all the amazing tips and advice in this video. I have a question for you though. I can't find the material for the lightwalls……do you know its specific name. I used the link but it doesn't come up. I can't seem to find it anywhere………Thank you again for all your amazing videos and all your help.

  57. Matt David Photography says:

    Stay tooooned ๐Ÿ™‚ love the accent !

  58. Mangesh says:

    This is like an expert level. I need a beginner level ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Madison Ashton says:

    that was just amazing and thank you

  60. Darren Bivings says:

    For the Bed/Wall/Box: How are the Center Legs attached to the underside of the Box? Are the Legs screwed in from the top side, glued in or both?

  61. Vision 6D says:

    Excellent learnt a lot. Thanks.

  62. Corey Hall Creative says:

    You sir are a genius! This is the best use of space I have ever seen,

  63. Tek Me PikCha says:

    The BEST inspiring DIY at home photo studio setup! Lots of ideas for me to use when I'm ready for my at home studio!! Thanks Joe

  64. Eddy Forero says:

    This is priceless information. Thank you Joe


    Your videos are so educating. As an amateur photographer l learn so many things l certainly believe that your experience will be useful even for professionals .Can you prepare a video that explains what verbal directions are given to the fashion models during shooting in all aspects

  66. Francisco Saucedo says:

    Best Video Ever !
    Thanks for share

  67. anto kristianus says:

    this one is what i need.. thx for the inspiration, the clean floor area is amazing with everything mounted on wall or ceiling
    i am planning to build one.. warm regards from Indonesia

  68. BABBRAN TECH says:

    That's great and having lots of information.

  69. Alex Biserchich says:

    Pure Genius! Hay Joe! I currently have a very small home studio. 15'x15' so it is tight! We have out grown this home and are building a new one. Part of the new home is a studio apartment above the covered parking. (We are in permitting now) which will give me about 25' x 20' area to work in. It will feel like a mansion compared to the space I am in now. My goal later is to build a separate building for even more space. This video has given me so many Ideas on how to use the space efficiently at the new place for a studio. Great video!!!!

  70. Adam Gundersen says:

    It is astonishing, but how is this on budget?

  71. PEACE Hunter says:

    Joe, God bless you for being so gentle and helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Live, Love, Middle East says:

    very neat and creative, your amazing, I wonder if you made a new studio or still using the same?

  73. Stacey says:

    I am so glad you produce & share these videos! I'm just starting to set up my home studio. I love your precise presentation.

  74. garyofnyc says:

    Some ingenious, creative and affordable solutions for a less-than-ideal space!

  75. Mavrik Digital says:

    Great video! Nice studio. This made me laugh at the closet point

  76. Doug Walkey says:

    Probably your best video yet. Some great ideas here and well presented too. Very useful in my situation. Thanks very much.

  77. Hunter Austen says:

    This is such a cool setup, wow!

  78. Jason Kirkland says:

    What a great video, you have given me so many ideas. Did you cover the ceiling height? I may have missed it.

  79. Rafael David Armano says:

    Woah this is awesome

  80. Vani Jay says:

    2:12 cracked me up! lmao

  81. Russell __ says:

    Really nice Joe. Very gracious of you to share this.

  82. Night Stringers says:

    Sorry I hate Manfrotto anything .Love your videos though . great job as always my friend. I love the fact that you show what everything does .most folks talk about things but never show anything … Thank you sir.

  83. paristo says:

    This video shows that Joe's photography skills are above so many other very popular YouTube channels because he understands what is required, what is the problem and how to solve it.

    It is so relaxing to watch someone's video when they are logical and not hyping brands or what the next cool gadget they got from a manufacturer this time.

  84. Kenneth D. Aston Jr. says:

    One thing I can is WOW

  85. Travelling Cliff says:

    We donโ€™t really have basements in my country but I suppose your ideas could be applied to a spare room or garage. Definitely going to keep these mind for our next place. Thanks for the vid Joe!

  86. NM Bowser says:

    Oh wow. That's a pretty big basement lol

  87. Aesthetic Von says:

    This whole thing is genius

  88. Jaime Gonzalez says:

    The box is brilliant.

  89. koawhkaine says:

    I made a box like Joe's, the problem im having is that the plywood, after i painted it, looks very textured. It doesnt look anything like the smooth flawless surface of Joes box. Anyone have any recommendations? wood working and painting knowldege etc is absolutely not my strength

  90. Original Maverick says:

    Hi Joe, why do you say no LEDโ€™s?

  91. Edward Kilner says:

    A lot of thought went into the studio design. Thank you. Looks like a nice place to work.

  92. Arya Biswas says:

    I went to a photoshoot once and asked a simple question only to be brushed off by the photographer. He was nowhere near as good or great as you and what you have done is incredible- in the space that you had to work with. I have watched your video and will try to recreate some of the elements to build a home photo studio for taking pictures of my kids.
    Thank you for answering questions way before I asked them. An incredible amount of work you had done in your photo studio with form-fitting function- truly a work of art in itself!

  93. Dee says:

    Super clever

  94. Alp Kamsiz says:

    Hi Joe it's me, we've had One- One meeting one day over Skype.
    I will be renting a similar space soon and I'll be using your golden tips.
    One question I have struggle is the ceiling. Since it's a typical flat ceiling like you have in video, I can not lift up my softbox high enough on the top of the model to get a soft light. Like Annie Leibovitz style.

    What do you recommend to fix this problem? How can I get a spread. soft light above if I the ceiling is not as high as 'hangar type of massive empty' studios.

  95. Yvonne Valenzuela says:

    Super like! Incredible ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ“ธ

  96. Chris&January Williamson says:

    Just a tip… If you ever move or want to redo your studio, do the grey floor, but buy a box or two of the snap together hardwood flooring so you can just put it down when you want that look.

  97. karthik kalakad says:

    WOW. This space is a dream. I can't wait to have something like this for myself, what an inspiration!

  98. Paul Quirk says:

    Thanks Joe, really interesting and inspiring.

  99. J. Linzy says:

    Dude, you're the GOAT

  100. Rob H says:

    Joe – what diffusion fabric did you use for the panels? I'd like to build some myself, but there are a ton of fabrics out there.

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