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Old 05-27-2007, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I want to throw this out there and see what other photographers, and models, think. I don't have the money to set up my own studio, so what I was considering is using my house. My house has two family rooms, one that I use the other that I don't. And what I was thinking of doing was making that family room into a studio. The size of the room that would be a studio is abotu 23ft long and about 13ft wide. With the ceiling about 8 ft tall. Is this a pretty good size. I usually just shoot models and seniors indoor. I don't shoot a lot of groups or anything. And since my studio would be in my own house I wondered what a potential model might think. I have heard of photogs that shoot in their own house and was wanting to get some feedback from the models, is this something normally done. I take my photography serious and I currently set up my lights and backdrops in my gymnastics/cheerleading center that I own, but it is getting to the point that I am tired of setting up stuff and taking it back down each weekend. Any advice on this would be great.
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been shooting in my house for three years. No model has ever said anything about it, and no one has turned me down for work.

I use livingroom /dining room when I want to set up seemless paper, other times I just shoot in whatever room I want o with the furniture I have, couches, bed, chairs ect.

Traveling models sometimes stay in a spare room downstairs, they appreciate not having to book a hotel.

I'm sure you will be fine,

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Old 05-27-2007, 07:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think there are usually any problems with most models. The one problem may be a 8' ceiling. This makes it difficult to put a light over a model on a boom, for example.
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Old 05-27-2007, 09:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. Fredrick that is the only think that I saw being a problem was the height of the ceiling. I am still trying to work out that problem. To every problem there is a solution. I just have to think on it. But I appreciate the input so far.
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Old 05-27-2007, 11:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have used the living room of an apartment and typical hotel rooms. There are some considerations.

As mentioned, the low ceiling can be a problem. It limits placing lights high, and it acts as a near reflector if it's typically white (Aren't they all?).

Another consideration is the floor. Carpeted floors don't agree with seamless paper backgrounds. They will immediately tear and wrinkle up when anyone steps on them. That means putting down some type of cover if you don't want to take up the carpet. A sheet of 1/2" or thicker plywood works, but where do you store it between shoots?

Small spaces also require attention to wall colors, drapes, etc., that may add a color cast by reflecting light. It'll show up mostly in the shadows.

The model question depends on how you feel about escorts. If you allow the model to bring one, there should be no problem. Specify that she must come alone and you'll lose access to many models. This is especially true for nude and lingerie type shoots.

Shooting at home can be done, and you can do some amazing things if you are creative, but it's easier in a larger space...
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My ceilings are also 8 ft, so my hair lights are typically angled from the side, not directly over the model if they are standing, easier if sitting or laying on a bed/couch/floor.

I have hardwood floors, and painted my walls a slightly off white that seems to work OK.

Escorts are no problem, they can stay out of the way and watch or go downstairs and watch tv.

You can make it work for almost all shots.
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Old 05-28-2007, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi,

Currently using a room in my house which is 14x14x8 ft
It is a bit short when using the 70-200mm lens.

Very disturbing is the spill i get from the white ceiling and the white curtains.

Within the next 2 month i will
- enlarge the room by 5 ft
- get the half of the room where the seamless paper system is mounted painted pur black
- the other half painted grey (25%black , 75%white)
- paint will cover both the walls and the ceiling
- wooden floor over the tiled floor
- have 1/3rd of the new space seperated for changing clothes
- mount black curtains

Only thing i can not change is the height of the ceiling, but the dark walls and ceiling should reduce spill to an acceptable level.

Having the studio in the house has some advantages like available kitchen, commodities for the person(s) the model brings along: TV, PC, stereo, (bar) , company from other members of my family, heating and cooling inclusive

So far none of the 30 models (people) had an issue, some coming back for the fourth time.

As this is my hobby, it is the ideal solutio. Whenever i want to experiment a new setup i can do so immediately

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Old 05-28-2007, 11:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Another consideration is the floor. Carpeted floors don't agree with seamless paper backgrounds. They will immediately tear and wrinkle up when anyone steps on them. That means putting down some type of cover if you don't want to take up the carpet. A sheet of 1/2" or thicker plywood works, but where do you store it between shoots?
I shoot in my living room, which has a plush carpet. I found a product at Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/s...k=P_PartNumber)
which comes in 2 foot square interlocking tiles. I picked up a dozen and lay down a an 8x6 floor when I use seamless paper. It works great, stores easily and sets up in about 10 minutes.

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