After two years of dreaming about it, I started working on converting our second garage into a photo studio a month ago.
While it STILL isn't pretty -- cosmetics such as new ceiling and drywalling the walls will be a winter project -- it is now fully functional and I can work with two backgrounds simultaneously thanks to my ingenious background support system in the ceiling.
Here's two portraits I've done recently in my "knock the rust off my studio skills" practice.
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Hard to believe Jackie is 57, isn't it?
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Jackie's middle child Allie.
As I get more of the cosmetic work done, more capabilities will start being possible.
I've always wanted the ability to do studio work whenever I want. Now I can.
NOW to make it start paying for itself.
Allie's portrait is an example of how I shoot people with physical or mental disabilities.
The same as I shoot people without them!
I want everyone I photograph to look their absolute best!
Always nice to have a private work space!
Lovely portraits! I wish you every success.
Tell her she'll never be as young again as she is today...
Here is a 10 shot panorama taken from on top of the studio desk that encompasses almost all four corners (cuts off by The Bay door). This is after
three weeks work cleaning it out and cleaning it up as well as a temporary track system in the ceiling to handle multiple backgrounds.
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Here is a diagram I whipped up in Indesign that is going to help me MAXIMIZE the shooting space while also giving me the most flexibility in what I can do. Note NOTHING is on it other than the dimensions.
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As I have already proven, she is functional. She just isn't very easy on the eyes right now. But I can show you on that diagram HOW many pieces of drywall it would take to do the perimeter as well as the ceiling.
My Sanctum Sanitarium is taking shape. Just to the point where it is MONEY that drives the dream now.
There are THREE windows in the Sanctum, facing south, west and north. (The north one has a BIG pine tree shading it, however).
In the pano photo, the south and north windows are covered by either plywood strips or a Chicago Bulls blanket.
I know the windows are of interest to my fellow photographers. I've designed frames with white cloth to cover them for daylight shooting and with a solid piece of drywall when not or for privacy.
Can't build THOSE until I drywall around the windows and know the final dimensions.
I have a queen size sheet tacked up over the southern DOUBLE window on the left in the pano shot. There is also one of two backgrounds (white) hanging near that window. The other one (black) is hiding in the shadows on the right.
I can have up to four background poles suspended from the ceiling at one time, with the current jury rigged system.
Then there will eventually be walls on wheels, like stage flats, that I will also have for specific purposes, say a "baby wall" with two different wallpaper patterns. I will also have several LARGE green screen flats that can be turned literally into anything in regards to a background or mood setting.
Like I said, it's all about the Benjamin's now.
And the most important aspect of the studio -- as it stands right NOW -- is that it is 100 percent handicap accessible!
This is important as at least ONE of my soon-to-be competitor's studio is NOT!
Keep up the good work you are doing a great job.
Cold Beer after Work
Looks great, RW. I'd love to come and help you create that space, it looks like it would be an interesting, and rewarding challenge. A suggestion for the windows, as you are looking to provide different covers for the openings, what about hanging those covers on a sliding door track, so that you can open or close them as required. If you don't want them visible when open you could hide them behind a false wall, which, if needed could have a flush mount door in it which, when closed would hide the window opening all together.
Okay, with Allie's help, I got ALL the measurements I needed to plot where all the infrastructure is in the studio.
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NOW I can start figuring costs to do small pieces of the overall puzzle.
Adobe InDesign was probably NEVER intended to be used as a CAD program.
But hey, I have it, I know how to use it, so I used it.
As Jackie is ALWAYS telling me:
"Whatever floats your boat and blows your hair back!"
The business half or shooting area of "The Sanctum" as of Oct. 29, 2011
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With the capability of throwing up a 6x9 foot green screen in the middle to use any of 300 digital backgrounds I own, the studio is all but operational. (Dressing area and HEAT next problems to tackle).
Hopefully my "Garage Sale," along with the addition later next week of loose prints, will help me finance the supplies to finish the interior until I can get the studio generating income.
BTW, I used three of my four studio strobes as the only light in that pano (put together from three shots, but lighting didn't change).
So I have lighting power, if I care to crank the knobs to "11."
This is very exciting - and looking good !
its the simple things in life .....Clean dry straw forthe cave
Regards the Bear
A good little program for drawing plans etc is Google Sketchup, and it's free!
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Almost ready to start hanging drywall on the NorthWest side of the shooting area.
First have to lay sheet insulation in the framed squares then run a stud down the middle of it.
Stage TWO: Renovation -- has begun.
By next summer, I'll be ready for my grand plan to rip out two thirds of the ceiling.
THAT is gonna be a pain because the old man who used to own this place used SAWDUST to insulate the roofs of the two garages.
EVERYTHING will have to be moved out when we start the renovation overhead.
Once the new walls are up we are tackling up a kind size white sheet over each corner and ignoring it for the winter.
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Jackie (who is serving as slavedri... errr, I mean foreman) and her motivational tool standing in front of the framed and insulated and ready to drywall Northwest Corner.
Thank you very much honey for helping me CORRECTLY get this far.
This represents 1/4 of the interior ready to drywall. It took 15 2x4x7 and 16 2x3x8 studs and three rolls of insulation. We estimate it will take seven sheets of drywall to cover.
I hope you've remembered to run wires for electricals and communications before the drywall goes up.
Whilst the walls are out, now is the best time to prepare for the future, by all means get a qualified person to do the "real" work, but you can prepare for the future by, not only, running conduits, but also installing draw wires in said conduits for ease of installing the appropriate cables down the road. A small cost now, may save a huge one later on.