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Jan 14, 2014 22:21 |  #1

I am trying to design a small photo studio in my sister's house. The room is only 11'3" x 13'8".

I am planning to use wall mounted lights so that I can free up floor space.
I plan to use 2 alien bee b400 with strip boxes for the background light.

Can I use a alien bee b400 for the main light with a giant soft box, or should I use a b800?

Do I need a rear hair light as well? Should I put other lights in there?

I would like to have a sofa in the room. Do you think this is practical with the small space? I would like to confine my activities to this room, because the house is rented as individual rooms and I do not want to 'overstep' my usage. I would like to meet clients here as well.

Anyone else has a small studio? Show me your setup and or pics.

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Jan 14, 2014 23:00 |  #2

If its a rental house with other tenants, I'd be more worried about theft than anything. Do you already have the sofa? Maybe have one chair in each corner instead of the sofa. That way its easier to move the chairs and you can even use it in your photos. I have a loveseat in my similar sized space and some times it gets in the way.




  
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Jan 14, 2014 23:18 |  #3

the flying moose wrote in post #16606616 (external link)
If its a rental house with other tenants, I'd be more worried about theft than anything. Do you already have the sofa? Maybe have one chair in each corner instead of the sofa. That way its easier to move the chairs and you can even use it in your photos. I have a loveseat in my similar sized space and some times it gets in the way.

It is a rental house, however my sister is 'supposed' to be living there, but she only uses it to change her clothes. There is only one other person living there now. I am planning to put on a secure solid door with a deadbolt lock. There are two windows that face the road, however, I plan to cover them completely to black them out.

I do not have the loveseat.

Do you have any pictures of your studio space? Can you tell me a bit about your design and setup?


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professorman wrote in post #16606653 (external link)
It is a rental house, however my sister is 'supposed' to be living there, but she only uses it to change her clothes. There is only one other person living there now. I am planning to put on a secure solid door with a deadbolt lock. There are two windows that face the road, however, I plan to cover them completely to black them out.

I do not have the loveseat.

Do you have any pictures of your studio space? Can you tell me a bit about your design and setup?

Very similar to yours actually except along the side wall where you have the sofa I have a desk with my computer. My lights aren't wall mounted either.




  
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Jan 15, 2014 11:50 as a reply to  @ the flying moose's post |  #5

So I am just about done with my space which is 13x24' I have a small ish dresser and a small 4x8' changing area the rest of the area is open space with wall mounted backdrop. I looked into a chase lounger and even that felt big for my space. I would suggest chairs if need be. It will be very tight, controlling your lights and spill will be the hardest part.




  
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Jan 15, 2014 12:20 |  #6

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #16607886 (external link)
It will be very tight, controlling your lights and spill will be the hardest part.

Should I use a strip box with grids for my backdrop lights, and a barn doors on a hair light in the back?


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Jan 15, 2014 14:55 |  #7

professorman wrote in post #16607979 (external link)
Should I use a strip box with grids for my backdrop lights, and a barn doors on a hair light in the back?

Honestly you got me, I am still figuring out all this lighting stuff to :)

On a liability front, do you have insurance incase someone gets hurt in your sisters house?

Is the house clean front and inside? The condition and upkeep inside and out will be a reflection on you and your business as soon as a client shows up.




  
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Jan 15, 2014 18:39 |  #8

I'm working in a 9 X 11 space with a door centered on one end (BG on a 9' wall). For over 2 years I have been use multiple autopoles with adjustable booms. I wouldn't suggest the wall boom as they are limiting and not easily adjustable. I'd work with your main from the back corner opposite the couch using a good light stand with arm, I do it all the time.


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