Set up Lighting for Clothing Photography at Home

How to Set Lighting for Clothing Photography at Home

Clothing photography is usually done in a studio with professional lighting and camera setting. The goal is to fully capture the detailed ornaments, fabrics, shape, and colors of a clothing piece. However, with the current situation, many clothing brands start to do clothing photography at home. If you are trying to do clothing photography at home, here are four simple tips on how to set lighting that best captures your clothing items.


Make the Best Out of Natural Lighting

Unlike in a studio where natural lighting is very hard to get, clothing photography at home enables you to fully utilize the magic of sunshine, quite literally. If you have a big window in your house, set up your backdrop right in front of the window. Let the sun hit the fabric and the model, creating a soft and elegant silhouette.

You can also use a reflector to really maximize the use of natural lighting, although this is not necessary. The best time to start clothing photography at home with natural lighting is two hours after sunrise or two hours before sunset.


Use Work Light and White Curtain

What if you do clothing photography at home during the night, or during a cloudy season? It wouldn’t be possible to use natural lighting, so the best solution is to start purchasing work lights. A work light is cheaper than a professional photography kit, yet it is a strong enough light source for clothing photography at home. 

The best way to use work light to your advantage is by draping a white curtain over it. Therefore the light will hit softly on the clothing piece and the model. You should also position the work light in a 45 degree angle to really cover the whole area of the clothing piece. If you see shadows on the background, just pull the work light slightly farther away.


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Invest in Softbox

For those who do a lot of clothing photography at home, it’s considerably more cost effective to invest in a softbox. It doesn’ have to be large, you can choose the mini size one since you are only using it at home with limited space. 

The advantage of using a softbox is that you can mimic the appearance of natural lighting anytime of the day. Therefore, you can plan your photoshoots more easily.

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Choose White or Neutral Colored Backdrop

Obviously you want the product image to highlight the fabric, shape, and color of the clothes that you are trying to sell. In doing so, you must choose a backdrop color that won’t clash with the outfits. The safest choice is a white backdrop, though some people may find this to be a bit boring. Feel free to choose the backdrop based on your clothing brand’s image. Perhaps you want a softer look with a tan backdrop, or a grey backdrop for a more sophisticated look. 


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