Course Length 1:43:57

Studio Setup

Course Includes:

6 detailed videos - 1 hour, 43 minutes of video - 2 downloads

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Studio Setup

In the Studio Setup lessons, Sue teaches the fundamentals of kit building, creating a versatile, yet simplified, professional portrait studio setup, and how to make a home-based studio work.

We’ll focus on the essential needs of any size studio setup — from a basement to a full brick-and-mortar shop. You will learn the basics of getting your studio up and running. Topics include lighting sources, essential gear and props, interior design ideas and other considerations that can help you sell, sell, sell!

The best part about this course is learning you don’t need to spend a lot of money! See how Sue-savvy choices in your studio can put you on the path to success.

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Once you’ve finished this week, we recommend visiting Sue’s Studio Tours for further inspiration!


These lessons are part of the 90 Day Challenge, where Sue gives you all the tools you need to create a business and thrive. Whether you are a beginner, building your business from the ground up, or an experienced photographer, taking your business to the next level, this course will help your business grow!

Course Videos

1 Introduction  2 Studio Setup Challenge  3 Simple Backdrops 
Sue discusses the basic essentials of a studio setup in a practical, economical way. Key items discussed are reflectors, back drops, and access to natural light.
4 Diffusing Light & Props 
Sue covers affordable natural light diffusion solutions, practical camera and lens choices, and multifunctional, durable props that can be used in a wide variety of scenarios.
5 The Bare Minimum Studio Setup 
Sue provides insight on how to make a home-based studio work, bringing all of the tools together in the space, and asks her students to move forward with her with courage, confidence, and joy.
6 Coaching with Nikki 

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