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If I did it all over again???
Old 04-06-2008, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So...

I want to have my studio as part of my home (Im buying one within the next 9 months) I am gathering my equipment now while my only source of income is not photography.

Anyway... the question is, If you had it to do all over again, what is the one thing you would not do, or what is the one thing you would definitely do?

I would like to learn from the lessons of others as opposed to my own. Things like.. Join associations, or not; get formal training or not; BS degree or a "BS DEGREE"; dont build studio onto your home, websites are not needed or a necessity to have ect...

What ever lessons or tips you have I would love to hear them and would be appreciative.
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Re: If I did it all over again???
Old 04-06-2008, 07:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would shop a lot better for all of my equipment. The www is so crazy now that great deals are everywhere if you shop around..

http://home.amvona.com/

take a look great deals.

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Re: If I did it all over again???
Old 04-06-2008, 07:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For you in-home studio (if you go that way) I would....

• Go wireless with radio triggers
• Move outlets to ceiling
• make sure you have enough room for props, lights, stands, etc, when not in use
• put in a paper roller system

Just my 2˘.

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Old 04-06-2008, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, I don't have a studio in any fashion, but have seen results from another local photog that does have one who at least IMO didn't think things through, here's what I'd recomend in addition to the other posters.

unless you have large french doors or windows that are benifical to an image, block them off with seamless or something else.

make sure you have enough room to do it well (obvious but just had to say it)
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ceiling in the shooting area needs to be no less than 10' and 14' is better which will allow full control of boom shots. Have plenty of room. Often you want the subject 10 foot in front of the background and you may then be another 10 to 20 feet from the subject. Also nice to have room behind a background screen for lights that might shine through or rear projection.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It really depends on what you like to shoot and how you like to shoot it.

I want minimum 30 foot depth, 20 foot width, 10-12 foot ceilings and outside of this room storage of materials and props with a separate sales area and separate work(production) area. this is based on a portrait style studio. I also want a full bath near the shooting area that can be accessed privately by the subject.
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