I found Garage Glamour several weeks ago and have been reading over tons of back posts and the articles posted on the site. Lots of excellent information, many knowledgable photographers sharing great tips [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
I've decided to convert a room in my basement to a small studio. This last weekend my sister in law and I did a photoshoot down there using nothing more than a couple large drop cloths and frankensteinish cluster of halogen lamps and a Nikon SB-600 flash to light the whole affair. It turned out pretty well and I've decided I want to build a more functional work space. From what I've read here you guys are like the "monster garage" of the photography world, and I'd love some advice on how to cobble together a more workable space in my basement.
Here is the layout:
The ceilings are 8 foot, with a metal accoustic tile grid and tiles in place. With the tiles removed the ceiling is about 8.4 feet high... and the 2x8 floor joists are exposed. The walls are an off white, and the floor is a grey/brown speckled burbur (sp?) style carpet. There are plenty of electrical outlets, and at the far end of the room there are huge closets with louvered doors. The closets are 2 feet deep and about five feet wide each.
There are two doors on the side, both lead into an open space, which the door by the closets going to my workshop, and the door on the other end of the room going to a small area by the laundry room and the staircase going up stairs.
Not counting the shoddy lighting I created by leaning a bunch of halogen floorlamps on a folding chair... here is the "legit" equipment I actually have access to:
- Nikon D50 with kit lens
- SB-600 flash
- 100mm vivitar macro lens
Everything else I use is total improv [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
So what do you think guys? What can I do for under $500? If you've got suggestions for over 500, please still suggest them... but right now with a 5 week old baby and just finishing up my last degree... I'm a bit strapped for cash.
Thanks for your help!
p.s. if this is supposed to go in the tech forum, I'll kick myself in the nuts and post it there.