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Jun 24, 2009 09:08 |  #1
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Hi and thanks for reading...

I was wondering what the minimum room size would be to do professional photography in. Someone I know has a business in the beauty industry and is moving locations to a large house (business district home) in the downtown area of Austin, TX. The clients coming into the business are all very very wealthy and I may have the opportunity to set up a small studio in one of the rooms for portrait work. What size room must I have?

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Jun 24, 2009 11:52 |  #2

If you are strictly doing portrait work, then a medium sized room should work. What are the room dimensions?


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Jun 24, 2009 14:26 as a reply to  @ AxxisPhoto's post |  #3

Yeah, you don't need a tremendous amount of space for portrait work. Look at the cramped quarters those little in-store studios at Wal Mart or J.C. Penney. Tiny spaces.


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AxxisPhoto wrote in post #8166585 (external link)
If you are strictly doing portrait work, then a medium sized room should work. What are the room dimensions?

Haven't seen the room yet,,, haven't even picked a location for sure yet...

I didn't think I would need anything very big,, just wondering if there was some sort of rule of thumb for room size like there seems to be for everything else in photography.


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Jun 25, 2009 10:45 |  #5

CJinAustin wrote in post #8169066 (external link)
Haven't seen the room yet,,, haven't even picked a location for sure yet...

I didn't think I would need anything very big,, just wondering if there was some sort of rule of thumb for room size like there seems to be for everything else in photography.

It's all up to personal preference. How much space will your studio setup take? And how comfortable can you make the space for the model/subject?


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Jun 25, 2009 10:48 |  #6

A slightly different spin:

You need enough room to avoid having to use wide angle lenses up close so you can avoid distortion of facial features.


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Jun 25, 2009 10:53 |  #7

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #8172748 (external link)
A slightly different spin:

You need enough room to avoid having to use wide angle lenses up close so you can avoid distortion of facial features.

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I wasn't even thinking of that! :o


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Jun 25, 2009 20:16 |  #8

For portraits, height of the room is usually more important than anything. You want to be able to get lights up, or get lights down and put the model up. Other than that, if you're doing heatshots you just need about a 5x4 room. If you're doing full body than something in the order of 8x12 or simliar is fine. Longer is better, since you can use a nice long lens. Being in IL, south facing window would be a plus.

My studio is a 12x14 with only 6'6" ceiling and the the limitation of the ceiling is the only problem. It's also a basement room so no window light which I would love to have.


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aram535 wrote in post #8175729 (external link)
For portraits, height of the room is usually more important than anything. You want to be able to get lights up, or get lights down and put the model up. Other than that, if you're doing heatshots you just need about a 5x4 room. If you're doing full body than something in the order of 8x12 or simliar is fine. Longer is better, since you can use a nice long lens. Being in IL, south facing window would be a plus.

My studio is a 12x14 with only 6'6" ceiling and the the limitation of the ceiling is the only problem. It's also a basement room so no window light which I would love to have.

Thank you,,, Kind of what I was thinking with 8 x 12 being about minimum for what I want. Wanted to make sure that was reasonable... looks like the rooms will be closer to your 12x14 size so even better.


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Jun 26, 2009 14:48 |  #10

My home studio is 13 x 15 with a 9 ft ceiling and it's perfect for portrait work.




  
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Jun 27, 2009 21:11 as a reply to  @ giuliasmith's post |  #11

When I was shooting out of my house, I was usually shooting about 15 feet from the bg and the subject was 5' in front of that. I now have a 40x40 space but when I do a headshot I'm usually about 10-15 from the subject with about 6' behind.


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Jun 27, 2009 21:13 |  #12

If you have an 8x12 room, try shooting from corner to corner. Curve the bg with some flexible PVC and you stand in the other corner. That'll give you a little more distance.


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