Where to put the photo studio?

posted on 9th of february, 2013

I am so excited to be moving back to my home town and buying a house instead of renting as I have been doing for several months. I love my new house! I have lots of space and I will be setting up a little studio somewhere, just not sure where yet.

Here's the set up...I have two bedrooms, a dining/family room, washer and dryer in a closet with a little sitting room, a living, and two bonus rooms over the garage. The bonus rooms are painted white with white ceilings, but they have this carpet that reminds me of the 1970s. Sort of a short shag in different shades of blue. I have my office and "charging station" in the bigger room, but still have room for gear. But blue isn't ideal for the floor and neither is the carpet.

The garage has a cement floor and can be heated, but garage storage is not kind to equipment. The basement might be a great place to work, but occassionally gets water, so I couldn't just leave stuff set up.

What would you do? I am looking forward to getting some interior pictures on DT, but for now here is a similiar home.

Comments (8)

Posted by Chanevy on April 10, 2013
Thanks for asking. I am waiting for good weather to paint. The upstairs room I tried, but it is really too small. No reason I can't paint the garage and the basement this spring and use whatever works best for the task at hand. Paint is cheap and anything else can come later :-)
Posted by Mudplucker on April 10, 2013
How is the new "studio" coming along ?????
Posted by Chanevy on February 12, 2013
Thanks. I may just experiment and move the equipment around a meet to see what works.
Posted by Peanutroaster on February 12, 2013
I've taken over the basement and had half the garage over the summer. lol. Depends on what you'll be doing and the lens you use.
Posted by Chanevy on February 10, 2013
Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I will try painting a sheet of plywood to lay over the carpet in the big upstairs room. It has lots of windows and a southern exposure. ,I love the way people are always willing to help out with ideas here.
Posted by Martingraf on February 10, 2013
I also agree to the biggest room - in my case I'm sleeping in my "studio" because that was the biggest room - you seem to have more choice - congrats to the new home!
Posted by Wisconsinart on February 09, 2013
I would use the BIGGEST room.

It matters how close/far the lights are to the subject. Same with the camera. More room, greater flexibility.

If you're doing "full scene" shots, feet and bottoms of props/furniture will sink into the carpet. That's a big deal if you're isolating the background from a subject. You can work around that by using plywood or cardboard but a solid surface is best.
Posted by Miraclemoments on February 09, 2013
I would still use the room at the top and just pull up the carpet. If you are going to be using a backdrop the carpet won't be a problem then. I would not use the basement. Dark and dingy. I would also try and use a room with a little natural light. Goo luck

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