Set up your studio For a photo shoot with a model, set up your studio in a corner of your home. Use a white wall or a taut white sheet as a backdrop. Ideally, you should have at least one reflector and one good quality external flash. Use the reflector to reduce shadows that could harden your model’s features, as you’ll be putting them under strong lighting such as halogen lights or spotlights. Don’t forget to adjust your white balance and to take your shots at a distance of roughly two metres from your model. And if the backdrop is grey, point a light at it for better contrast with your model.