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You got a studio set up? Small, big? Show us how it looks like!

 
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Oct 10, 2012 12:44 |  #841

+1 to that


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Oct 12, 2012 18:55 |  #842

Here's our garage studio. It was designed to shoot portraits, glamour and headshots and works very good. Space is about 18' by 14'.

Main backdrop wall. Seamless paper (white and black) up above, entrance door to left, accessory slider system on ceiling. This was shot from the window side. The whole back section is a mid-grey with the ability to attach different colors (namely white or black) to the small side sections.

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Reverse view toward "window" which is not a window at all. It's a 40" high partition. The main wall is about 1.5' behind it. I mounted a 6-lamp 4' fluorescent fixture on it and multiple types of diffusion material. The black-out curtains are for shaping the light. The perpendicular walls on each side are 4' wide. Colors are white short wall, mid grey in each corner facing window, light grey corner on left and dark grey corner on right.

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Here's a shot along the window into one of the mid-grey corners.

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Finally a view with the walls retracted. This opens up 8 more feet for headshots when I setup the DIY kinoflos or when there's groups. I also do video production so the extra space helps. The movable walls also double as flags but rarely do I use them for that. Their covered with 1.5" polystyrene. They are held on by velcro backing so they're easily removed and can be replaced with pieces that are different colors, textures and patterns like wallpaper.

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Oct 14, 2012 06:56 |  #843

Can you give some more information regarding your movable walls. Looks like a very interesting idea.
Thanks in advance.

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Oct 14, 2012 09:14 |  #844

It's basically a movable partition. Here's the parts.

Pocket door track kit - 1x http://www.homedepot.c​om …01097/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Metal studs
3x http://www.homedepot.c​om …21173/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
1x http://www.homedepot.c​om …21197/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Polystyrene - 2x http://www.homedepot.c​om …32855/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
(You'll need one more piece if the ceiling is taller than 8')
Self tapping screws - 1x box http://www.homedepot.c​om …89714/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Screw for floor - 1x (can be any long metal rod) I used these ... http://www.homedepot.c​om …05607/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Screws for walls - 2x I used long wing screws

I built a frame smaller than the polystyrene, connected the door kit wheel to the center of the top drywall track, cut the door track in half and mounted under joists in ceiling. Painted the polystyrene, put velcro strips on back and on drywall studs, drilled two holes in wall and one in floor. Installed drywall anchors in wall, used two long screws to pull wall against main wall, used floor screw on end to prevent bottom moving (no need to screw it in, it just drops in a hole).

Below is a picture of the door track and the frame with one of the foam pieces removed.


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Oct 14, 2012 10:43 |  #845

My loft and studio :)

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Oct 14, 2012 14:26 |  #846

kawikao wrote in post #15120302 (external link)
It's basically a movable partition. Here's the parts.

Pocket door track kit - 1x http://www.homedepot.c​om …01097/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Metal studs
3x http://www.homedepot.c​om …21173/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
1x http://www.homedepot.c​om …21197/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Polystyrene - 2x http://www.homedepot.c​om …32855/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
(You'll need one more piece if the ceiling is taller than 8')
Self tapping screws - 1x box http://www.homedepot.c​om …89714/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Screw for floor - 1x (can be any long metal rod) I used these ... http://www.homedepot.c​om …05607/h_d2/Prod​uctDisplay (external link)
Screws for walls - 2x I used long wing screws

I built a frame smaller than the polystyrene, connected the door kit wheel to the center of the top drywall track, cut the door track in half and mounted under joists in ceiling. Painted the polystyrene, put velcro strips on back and on drywall studs, drilled two holes in wall and one in floor. Installed drywall anchors in wall, used two long screws to pull wall against main wall, used floor screw on end to prevent bottom moving (no need to screw it in, it just drops in a hole).

Below is a picture of the door track and the frame with one of the foam pieces removed.

Thank you. That is a great idea.


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Oct 14, 2012 17:31 |  #847

Possible to get some larger shots without all the marketing over it so we can actually see whats going on there... This thread is about sharing ideas not advertising ;)


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Oct 15, 2012 07:11 |  #848

Agreed with above - plus you're way out of my region... :)


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Oct 15, 2012 11:44 |  #849

I have to get some ideas for a small space. I am looking at a 800sf store front. But 90% of what I shoot is on location, but it is starting to turn more studio and need a spot to be prepared for more studio work.


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Oct 15, 2012 14:24 as a reply to  @ Mark1's post |  #850

Still in construction.
Any input as to how one would eliminate the need for floor stands?
Rail ... wall mount booms maybe?


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Oct 15, 2012 14:50 as a reply to  @ Mark II's post |  #851

Neat setups




  
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Oct 15, 2012 14:54 |  #852

Mark II wrote in post #15125686 (external link)
Still in construction.
Any input as to how one would eliminate the need for floor stands?
Rail ... wall mount booms maybe?

There are a couple ideas in the garage to studio thread. I considered several systems and even put up a sliding rail system for faux stage lighting. In the end I hoped I would not need suspended lights because (1) I move them around a lot and (2) I need them off-site sometimes and (3) I use all my wallspace in shots and (4) my light stands double as flash stands and flag holders so I didn't want to commit them to lights only. GL




  
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Oct 15, 2012 18:01 |  #853

Mark II wrote in post #15125686 (external link)
Still in construction.
Any input as to how one would eliminate the need for floor stands?
Rail ... wall mount booms maybe?

I use (manfrotto) wall mounts...

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Oct 16, 2012 15:44 |  #854

Nice studio A++++++


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Oct 23, 2012 05:22 |  #855

Mark II wrote in post #15125686 (external link)
Still in construction.
Any input as to how one would eliminate the need for floor stands?
Rail ... wall mount booms maybe?

kawikao wrote in post #15125830 (external link)
There are a couple ideas in the garage to studio thread. I considered several systems and even put up a sliding rail system for faux stage lighting. In the end I hoped I would not need suspended lights because (1) I move them around a lot and (2) I need them off-site sometimes and (3) I use all my wallspace in shots and (4) my light stands double as flash stands and flag holders so I didn't want to commit them to lights only. GL

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I use (manfrotto) wall mounts...

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I would receommend checking out autopoles. They expand between floor and ceiling so there is only the main pole using floor space. With Superclamps and double superclamps, you can rig pipes for horizontal supports. You can also screw the wall mounts (that PCthug mentioned) onto two superclamps and mount them on an autopole.

This is all still portable when needed and doesn't require permanent mounting. I kept my floor stands and use them for other things when I have enough space.


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