Looks like someone saw my efforts and wanted to feature me. Article on diyphotography.com about shooting in a tight studio here:
"Where there's a will there's a way." Right? Well, here is my humble and tiny home studio.
8ft wide, 10ft deep. Here's two shots of it, with a pull back of my session with Kate Wolf.
As you can imagine, shooting in such a space becomes very, very tricky. But I just wanted to let those know that it can be done (with certain limitations) of course.
I’ve looked into renting studios for my NYC model shoots on a daily rate and its crazy expensive… and a larger place with my ideal studio space (20x20ft or larger) isn’t in the cards at the moment – so this is what I have to work with.
If anyone has such a space and is wondering if they can use it, I’m here to encourage you – yes you can.
It will force you to learn light and how to control it quickly. Flags, grids, gobo’s, modifier placement, lens FL, distance between model and backdrop, inverse square law, etc… etc… the list goes on and on. Tons of things to consider in such a tiny space… but it can be done. I've done all of the work below in the past 3 months... so you can see, you are somewhat forced to learn, and learn quick.
- Wall mount your paper backdrop - a must. No room for legs/stands.
- Full body shots are very hard/tricky. You'll have to use a distorting 35mm FL, and you'll have to have your model right up against the wall/backdrop - not good. So I've just settled for 3/4 and up.
- Grids, grids, grids! Grids go on just about everything. That and place your modifiers very close to your subject due to the inverse square law.
- Bi-Fold doors and foamboard to control light is a must. Black and white to block, or reflect.
While I am proud of the work I've done -
My point in sharing these is to show some that you can make such a space work. I've seen thread where people said such a space wont work, and you can only get headshots out of it. I find this untrue, and hope this helps others see that you can get some stuff out of a tight space: