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Old 12-15-2005, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been trying to find the answer to this question, but I'm coming up a little short.

What colors are the walls in everyone's studios? I have a small studio set up in my house, so its nothing spectacular, but my walls are white and I really feel like this removes an element of control from my lighting. Regardless of whether I want it or not, there is all manner of light bouncing around in the room. I have been thinking about draping the walls with black fabric to cut down on reflections and give me more control.

Does anyone have any insight on this?
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Re: Studio wall colors
Old 12-15-2005, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where I shoot, which is borrowed area, I have a red wall and then than the adjoining wall is covered with mirrors. So I'm constantly battling the reflective light. I normally cover the red wall with whatever backdrop I'm going to use and then drap My black seamless over the wall mirrors. If I use Black for BG than I drape one of my other darker Seamless cloth over the mirrors.
If and when I ever can afford a studio I would probably stay with Black walls and use backdrops for what ever shoot I need.
This only My opinion as I'm still learning this craft.

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Old 12-16-2005, 01:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A neutral color for the walls is better than white. Black can be a bit depressing, but a shade of gray can work nicely. If the color is neutral such as a gray, then it will reflect no color cast into the scene. Black gives the most control because it absorbs over 90% of the light. White gives the least control because it reflects about 90% of the light.
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Old 12-16-2005, 07:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I took a gray scale card that I use to color balance the cameras with to the local paint store and had them match the 80% gray for the color of the walls in my studio. works great and with the small studio I has it gives me the best control of the light.
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I recommend zone 5 grey with 18% reflectance. Your camera will think your walls are a perfect picture. Plus this will give you a little more control with lighting.

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Old 12-16-2005, 01:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I see a white wall and I want it painted 18% grey [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

White makes it too hard to control contrast, I agree, zone V grey would be the best. Mine are tan but I have black surrounds to neutralize stray light.

Man, I can't get that song out of my head now...

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Old 12-17-2005, 09:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey David, It is funny that you would post this! I am now starting to shoot models with some of my stuff and all new to the world of Photography outside the Macro world. Anyway, on Thursday I had a new model come over and test shoot. I set everything up before hand to eliminate time. When she arrived I was ready for her, She stood turned to look at the camera and I swear that when the strobes went off. I could actually watch the light shoot off and bounce all four walls hit the ceiling and light her up like a Madonna!
I think the color in the studio is a little overbearing.
The walls are currently painted white semi-gloss as I hadn't planned to shoot in here until space pushed the equiptment in.
Can relate to your question.
I will probably go Gray.
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Old 12-23-2005, 11:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I ditto gray. My studio currently has gray floors and off white walls. I'll be painting the walls a light to medium gray just to tone down the walls a bit. But, my studio is also 30'x40' so it isn't as much of an issue as it would be in a smaller space. Since the light bouncing around has a much further distance to go from set to wall and back to set, it falls off quickly and doesn't affect it as much as you would think. In a medium size space I'd go medium gray, and in a very small space I'd go black. But I do find a black room to be a very depressing space to work in day in and day out.
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