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Old 12-21-2009, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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next year im buying a house and was thinking of using the basement as a studio,

any thoughts or experience with using your home as a studio?

or should i just blast that plan, and just opt and rent out a studio space when needed ?
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Although this site has "Garage" in its name I think it's better to do a rental, especially one that has lighting and props available. It may be a bit of cash outlay but far less than if you were to try to set up at home. Basements are too tight for headspace (and other negative things).

Mind you, having a space or built on Studio does allow you to do your thing on a spur of the moment basis.
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thank you for your thoughts,
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I have had a home studio for over 30 years, and have never needed to rent one even for an hour.

I have shot catalogs for many clothiers and swimwear manufacturers in my home studio. It's the image that matters, not where you shot it!

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The main issue with a basement setup is the ceiling height. For portraits, headshots etc it would be fine. It all depends on what you will be shooting.
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I have had a home studio for over 30 years, and have never needed to rent one even for an hour. I have shot catalogs for many clothiers and swimwear manufacturers in my home studio. It's the image that matters, not where you shot it!

I'm with Dave on this one. I've been shooting glamour and commercial out of my house for almost 8 years ... and have never needed to rent a studio. Of course, I don't shoot 18 wheelers, stretch limos or those long choppers. When I'm not shooting in my living room, I'm on location shooting an event, a wedding or a location shoot for a client. I'd rather not start every working to pay off a studio rental bill. Just saying.
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There is no substitue for having all your equipment at home set up and ready to use when it comes to learning. I've had three different home studio's over the years and they have all been in basements. None of them have been "perfect" arrangements but they have all been very workable. As mentioned, ceiling height is the big drawback. You just have to find ways to work around that. I end up doing lots of shoots with the subject sitting on the floor. And watch out climbing ladders for high angle shots, the ceiling meets the head before you know it!


This was done in my basement last month.
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i know that feeling alot, i do construction for my full time job, and hitting my head is a given for anyday
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I used to do drywalling and we'd stand on sawhorses, have the board on our heads, and push up with the legs to 'suspend' the ceiling boards there while we would nail in the perimeter nails. The bounce of the rafters gave me a hell of a headache each day. I managed to make it even worse by wearing a ball cap...one of the ones with that little metal button on top. THAT hurt worse of all!

Now I've got a lot less up top and so there's no cushioning. Thankfully I'm a white collar worker now...no headaches. Mind you I'm sitting on my ass for hours on end and while drywalling wasn't good for the head it was good for the body...get your exercise on a daily basis without really trying.

Someday I hope to have a detached house (and not a condo/townhouse/apartment) with enough room for a studio/garage....someday.
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thats not a bad idea, but i would be worried leaving lighting equipment and everything out in a garage,
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