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Old 10-23-2006, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am in the process of trying to set up a studio. I would like to know what everyone thinks would be a minimum requirement as far as size, ceiling height, bathrooms, etc? I would also like to know what would be an optimum studio?

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Old 10-23-2006, 09:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What will you be shooting? If you want to do portraits, or maybe cars it could change things a great deal. If you are looking for an "all around" space for shooting people I would think 20'x20' shooting area may work. High ceilings are a big help, generally the higher the better. Depending again on what you are shooting 1 bathroom may be fine, but if working with models a good sized makeup / changing room is a must.

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I have seen several people set up a studio in an old house with a room less than 20X20 and they are always cramped and crowded. The ten foot ceilings are nice to have but if you can get twelve, go for it. My shooting space is about 30X40 with room for a 8X10 dressing/makeup area. My ceiling is 20 feet up. I have backgrounds on all four directions so I can just turn the lights and shoot from the middle.
If you are building this space, consider that you can never have too much. If you are looking to rent, I wouldn't consider any place with eight foot ceilings or less than twenty feet of shooting distance. Using a wide angle lens on a full length shot can distort and make the person look unnatural.
I have been in this building for almost 23 years and every other photographer that has ever been in here has practically drooled over the space I have. Having five sets of lights and over fifteen different backdrops gives me all sorts of versatility. Rick from Arkansas "Arkie"
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