Whereas Chapter 5 on people served as a basic introduction to some of the techniques and situations that apply when taking pictures of friends and family, this chapter is a much more advanced approach to the same subject. That said, although many pictures taken in the studio are of people this chapter will also mention some of the techniques that are useful when photographing objects, which is the area of photography known as still life. It should also be pointed out that the word ‘studio’ does not necessarily mean a purpose-built room: it could just as easily refer to any room that is turned into a photographic space for the afternoon.

In all cases the fundamental principle is one of control: in a studio everything should be ...

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