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Setting Up a Small In-Home Studio on a Large Budget

 
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Jan 29, 2012 23:17 |  #286

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Ok guys - I have a question. I want to set up a studio in my living room in the next couple months. I've already decided to go with the Manfrotto Autopoles but here's the kicker. I have carpet :(. I want to find a way to get a hard floor down so that I can pull bg's down and drag them across the floor to walk on. With carpet, this will be an issue. I was thinking that I could get some bricks/blocks and spread them out to support the corners and centers of some 4'x8' sheets of plywood or something but I was hoping maybe some of you have also encountered this challenge and have come up with some other innovative ideas. All suggestions greatly appreciated (especially those with photos :) )

I just added the autopoles with booms mounted to them to my living room studio and have carpet as well. I had previously purchased two sheets of the white tile board ($11.88 per sheet) that everyone uses for a pure white background. So, when shooting white seamless, I use those. They are thin and heels or stand legs can punch a hole through them if you are not careful. If I shoot a different color, I just keep the tileboard flat on the carpet, rather than overlapped, and pull the paper over it. It works ok, you just have to be a little careful.

This is a good, cheap, short term solution. I will be pulling out the carpet and putting in hardwood soon. Hardwood flooring with a laminated pre-finish is under $500 if you install it yourself. Pick a flat finish, not shiny.


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Feb 07, 2012 14:49 |  #287

Aressem wrote in post #13791694 (external link)
Ok guys - I have a question. I want to set up a studio in my living room in the next couple months. I've already decided to go with the Manfrotto Autopoles but here's the kicker. I have carpet :(. I want to find a way to get a hard floor down so that I can pull bg's down and drag them across the floor to walk on. With carpet, this will be an issue. I was thinking that I could get some bricks/blocks and spread them out to support the corners and centers of some 4'x8' sheets of plywood or something but I was hoping maybe some of you have also encountered this challenge and have come up with some other innovative ideas. All suggestions greatly appreciated (especially those with photos :) )


Killjoy's suggestions are what I would try if I had that situation. If you go with plywood, why not just lay it directly on the carpet? That would be better and easier than trying to set up blocks/bricks to support it.


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Feb 08, 2012 03:08 |  #288

If you want wall or ceiling rails cheaply buy DIY disabled handles/rails (the long ones are best). Put them in strategic positions where you want to mount lights etc. then us Manfrotto superclamps to put up the lights/equipment you want.




  
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Jul 07, 2012 14:15 |  #289

Been a while since I've posted, sorry. I am going to be doing some work in the studio this weekend with my 10 year old and will try to get some BTS images.


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Jul 07, 2012 18:02 as a reply to  @ DwightMcCann's post |  #290

great, always enjoy the bts shots, been getting happier with my results and workarounds with the space limitations.

thanks for all the help.


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Aug 18, 2013 16:40 |  #291

Well, that didn't go so well ... been over a year since I've been here by the looks of it. The studio hasn't changed much although I now have a second pair of Profoto D1 Air 1000's. My body collection has changed a fair bit and I need to reshoot them: 2 x 1DX, 2 x 1D4, 5D3 and 1Ds3. Some small lens changes. I'll add doing a new composite of equipment to my list of things promised but not delivered, sigh.


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May 19, 2015 17:41 |  #292

Well, after about ten years of professional photography, I am going through a divorce in which the mediator seems to feel that my business is bringing in huge sums of money that I am somehow hiding. In response, I am shuttering my business. This, sadly, brought out veiled threats, but since I am 69 with heart disease it is impossible for her to suggest that I should somehow have to keep working! I am more amicable with my wife than with this "mediator" who does not seem to be neutral in the least but I will get through this by being firm.


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May 19, 2015 21:23 as a reply to  @ DwightMcCann's post |  #293

sorry to hear this Dwight, hope everything works out for you, take care


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