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What lens for 20ft x 14ft x 9ft studio or is studio to small

 
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Mar 11, 2015 17:34 |  #1

is a 20ft x 14ft with 9ft high ceilings to small for full body portraits and group/family shots?
if not then what lens should i be looking at for my 70d?

heres a link to my original thread with more details, pictures and no comments :-(
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Mar 12, 2015 11:58 |  #2

I am sure a lot of people will say the space is to small. But if it is what you have then there are ways to work with it. My studio is only 13' wide and has sloped ceilings starting at 8' at the walls. I do have a bit more room then 20' length wise but not a lot more.

I shoot 99% of all my photos with my 15-85. It works great in my studio. Just mount your backdrop as tight to the wall as you can. I don't know if you will be able to do much full length group shots but you should be fine with single people. Do you have anyone you could get to come stand out there and take some sample shots?




  
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Mar 12, 2015 12:09 as a reply to  @ Littlejon Dsgn's post |  #3

The only photos i have right now are the ones in the link with a spirit level to mimic someone.




  
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Mar 16, 2015 07:37 |  #4

My studio is a spare bedroom in my house, approximately 20x20x9, maybe 22x22x9. I can pull off full lengths of kids, but not adults as I pick up the top of my backdrop holder. The low ceilings kick a little extra light in most shots but I deal with it. The bigger issue I think you may run into is your light stands being on your back drop on the sides. That's one of those things I have to pay attention to. You might consider finding a solid way of mounting them to the walls on a swing bar or mounting them to the ceiling.


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Mar 16, 2015 13:13 |  #5

Those with low ceilings / small spaces and wanting to do full-length should look at the lastolite hilite.

I used to have one and I could shoot full-length in a 12x18 space (just about). I did however have 10 foot ceilings, which helped a lot.

Because it lights up from the inside you recapture a good 6 foot of your studio length-wise because ppl can stand against it without casting a shadow, and there's no issue with seeing the top of the background that way.

It's not suitable for everything, but if you're looking for a clean white background and very limited on space, it's certainly worth looking at


then it's just an issue of working out how to light people the way you want when you cant get a light modifier much more than ear-height ;)



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Mar 16, 2015 13:33 |  #6

I think your camera is causing as much of an issue in your studio as your limited space. Get either a 5D or 6D and something on the wider side even a 24-70 f4 or 24-105f4 if getting the ff breaks your budget you'll gain a bit of perceived length in your studio. I'm not sure about backdrop stands but the ff will help alot


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Mar 16, 2015 13:57 |  #7

I see a big chunk of floor and ceiling in those photos. I'm not sure that you need a much wider lens / bigger sensor any than you already have bth -- you'll end up with a huge amount of ceiling in the shots.

What kind of shots are you doing anyway? Is a shadow on the BG ok with you? If so (or you're using a black background) and you can get your subjects pretty close to it then somewhere 24- 35mm is probably fine on your 70d.



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Mar 16, 2015 14:10 |  #8

i don't think the crop factor of the camera is an issue either, but i don't think you will be doing group shots, at least not easily, and full body will be tight too. your level is not far from your back wall, you will want a minimum of 6 feet to keep your subjects from casting a shadow on the background.

move the level 6 feet from the background and see what you think. my "studio" is about that size, but with lower ceilings and have the same issue with shadows when shooting adults.


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Mar 16, 2015 15:24 |  #9

Sorry i couldn't find a better model.


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Mar 16, 2015 15:31 |  #12

I'm only thinking white or black backgrounds so to me i see no reason why 24mm and 3 people isn't ok, even if i have to use photoshop to add more white or black to make the background bigger, I'm guessing as long as i get proper white/black for the background it won't be to hard to sort????




  
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Mar 16, 2015 15:34 |  #13

personally I'm thinking thats workable at 35mm for a full body shot but I'm new to all this so please advise.

If i decide not to go ahead with the photo studio then I'm going to invest more towards outdoor photography as i just did my first trial outdoor shoot and enjoyed it.


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Mar 17, 2015 01:47 |  #14

rickmar1905 wrote in post #17470751 (external link)
is a 20ft x 14ft with 9ft high ceilings to small for full body portraits and group/family shots?
if not then what lens should i be looking at for my 70d?

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An area smaller than the size described was easily covered with the wide end of a Canon 18-200mm IS.
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All you need is an ordinary, inexpensive Canon 18-55mm IS lens, nothing more expensive or elaborate.

Actually, 20ft x 14ft x 9ft is on the large size for a photo studio. That's a generous space that allows the positioning of boom-mounted lights to cover the most popular portrait patterns.

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Mar 19, 2015 09:37 |  #15

Do you have all the lightstands/modifiers set up in these shots yet? That will be the other factor that will be a problem - they eat up floorspace and will limit your groups.


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