Did you know that if you are thinking of setting up a photo studio in NY, all you need is a fairly large room with big, south-facing windows? It's fairly simple and yields great results because the light coming in will be very soft and will look great on clients.
You don't need advanced lighting equipment or even a backdrop if you have a studio with large windows. Just shoot the client against some sort of backdrop, which can be anything. If you use an 85mm f/1.8 lens, it should be easy to blur out the background so the shot looks extremely professional.
Remember though, that darker backgrounds are best. Don't shoot with a bright background unless its a completely neutral white that doesn't cause vignetting or halos around the client. The reason to stay away from bright backgrounds is because they are very distracting for headshots. Darker backgrounds almost always look best (except flat black). Therefore, if you are shooting headshots in an indoor studio, try to buy and only use dark upholstery.
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