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Your home is full of unexpected inspiration. We'll tell you how to design, prepare and photograph a stylized portrait at home. This can look like a book cover or poster. Have a look around and think through everything - setting up the scene and everything else is easy. Find out how to do it!

It's important to start with an idea. You can take inspiration from movies, books, games, or simply things that are close to your heart. For example:

  • if you have a lot of books at home, the subject can be library or librarian,
  • have a passion for cooking, get dirty with flour, pick up a rolling pin and work out a cooking theme,
  • You love your flowers, then maybe you can be a herb witch
  • If you like cars or motorcycles, then get a little dirty with oil and take pictures of yourself with the machine of your heart.

There are a variety of ways and roles in how you can design your portrait. For example, you can choose an action portrait in which you dramatically throw back your cloak or a gentle portrait with your pet. But the most important thing is that the photo shoot is well thought out. You may not think of something right away, but if you think about it for a few days, an idea will come to you. And how do you put together a script for a photo shoot? Let yourself be inspired!

How do you prepare everything

The basis is always the concept. Would you like a gloomy and rough photo? Or rather soft and filled with light? This likely depends on the type of photo shoot and the model. Would you like an action-packed photo? Or rather a quiet one? Will you choose a colorful style or black and white when editing? It is important to think carefully about everything. For example, look at photos from your favorite authors and be inspired.

Who should you photograph? You can take a picture of yourself or a loved one. Both options are great fun. If you do not know how to take a self-portrait, we will advise you in the article Self-portrait or how to take a picture beautifully, easily and quickly.

Prepare props

What will you need for the photo shoot? Now comes the fun part! Dig up all of your subject-related things that you have at home. Really get out whatever you find and think it might be suitable for the photo shoot. Even if some things are minimally or not at all visible in the picture, they will help you prepare the right environment and atmosphere.

It is better to prepare more than you need than to be missing something later. A stylized portrait can be easily filled with things related to your concept. Each object is a guide to the whole idea. Think about the outfit too. You can put this together in a few minutes from everything you have on hand.

What do you take pictures with?

We recommend Portrait lensesto choose. Classic 50 mm, 85 mm or even longer. It's not a problem to work with a wider lens if you don't have a different one. For example, see How do you take portraits with a wide-angle lens? Pay attention to the distance and choose the right angle to inspire you.

While portrait lenses are ideal, their absence will certainly not end your entire project. Work with what you have on hand. If you take a selfie, a tripodbe helpful. If you don't have one, keep it in mind when setting the scene. Set up the scene somewhere in front of furniture, a wall, or a window where you can place the camera.

You can also do one Use flash, however, we recommend a diffuser to soften the light. If you don't have a softbox at home, a semi-transparent, white plastic bag will do (an old but effective trick to properly diffuse the light).

Think about the light

Light is the complete basis of every photo! You need to consider whether you want to use artificial or natural light. With artificial light, you can either use professional technology that you have at home or use a lamp, ceiling light, flashlight, Christmas lights or candles creatively. And if you want to experiment, there are a number of things you can add to the lights that you can find around the home. We have great tips in the Originally lit portrait article? Experiment with reflections and refraction for you.

You can choose either dramatic lighting, perhaps just from one side, or soft lighting from the front that doesn't reveal any skin bumps. It makes the most sense to try all of the options, then pick the one that you like the most. We have described the different types of portrait lighting in the article How to properly illuminate portraits I: Think about the quality, intensity and color of the light.

If you choose natural light, find a nice, interesting place in your home or garden that has enough light. At home this is mostly at the window, outside almost everywhere, but it is better to take photos in the early evening light. You can use the soft and color-correct light of the setting sun or, on the contrary, you can get up in the morning and work in fog and dawn.

Unusual effects with ordinary things

There are many options here. For example, an ordinary electronic cigarette is often used for a smoking effect. So if anyone in the family uses this invention, let them blow the smoke on your photo. You can even conjure up a nice smoke effect with a candle that has just been blown out or an incense stick. And if you still have incense candles from Christmas at home, light them up.

It is very nice to watch steam from boiling water and also to illuminate it. Observe when the most light falls into your kitchen and let the water boil to examine the effect. You can also use Christmas lights, place them far behind you and create effective bokeh. Conversely, you can darken the background with a blanket or dark sheets.

Outside (or inside - that's up to you) you can work with water and capture its movement in an action portrait. You can surround yourself with indoor plants that blur in the foreground and background of the photo, frame the picture with green and create a forest impression.

Or a helper can swing a large piece of cardboard next to the scene to create a wind effect and underline the atmosphere. You can use a fan at home if you have one. There are tons of tips on how to use everyday objects, and you're bound to discover more.

Then let's take a picture

And now for the actual photography. It will likely be a long photo shoot with lots of tries and only a single photo as a result. But it will be worth it. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't work. Try a different angle, relocate the lights and try to change the scene you prepared.

Don't be afraid to change the script because sometimes things can be hard to imagine beforehand. In the worst case, you can continue with the photo shoot the next day. Much can be heard in your head. Make sure to shoot in RAW format so that you can perfect the results in Zoner Photo Studio X.


Don't be shy. There is nothing limiting you. Even in your living room, you can create a photo so epic that everyone will envy you. It takes time, an open mind, a little patience, and a camera. Have you tried a home portrait yet? Show us in the comments or on social networks. We are very curious to see how you will do it!