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  1. Suzdeon

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    I started building a studio in my basement yesterday and the electrician is coming to install the plugs, lights, etc..... I was wondering if anyone would help me figure out where to put the plugs, how many lights on the ceiling, where I should put my computer. I haven't worked in a studio before so this is brand new to me. I have more questions, but this is all for now. Hope you can help me.

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    Thanks, Suzanne
     
  2. shaun

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    I'd say on the 11'10 wall, that is a small space that surely wouldn't be used for shooting... plus the door is right there, so you need part of that space for foot traffic.
     
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    Are there any windows to take into consideration?
     
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    I'll be watching this thread... we are in the process of the same thing in our new home, hopefully finished in a month or 2..

    best of luck with your new space!
     
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    lucky fucker!!!! I cant wait to get some studio space on the go.. condo life doesent leave much room for this kind of thing.
     
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    One thing I would recommend is keeping your production area out of the studio. Keep the computer equipment in another room if at all possible.

    As far as lights go...will this also be a viewing/meeting areas as well? If you will be hanging prints on the wall make sure you take ample lighting for those in particular into consideration as well.
     
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    looks great cant wait to see the finished 0product i have a small rom to do mine in but i still find it to small lol is there windows??
     
  8. Suzdeon

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    I was thinking on standing near the 21-3" wall and shooting towards the wall with no measurement, which I think it's around 17". That should give lots of room to move around and to backup if I'm shooting large groups. I thought of putting my desk at the wall that goes out 7'-19/16", but don't know yet what i'm going to do with that.
    Tanya, the only window that I have is a small one on the 22'-8" wall .
     
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    I'll be putting pictures on the 21-3" wall and also having a table with my photobooks on display....here I would like to have lights that are hanging down...giving more light to view the albums! How many lights should I have in the celing??
     
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    How many lights would depend on how many prints you want to hang. Optimally you would want each to be light individually...but that isn't always easy.

    Honestly...keep the computer equipment out of the studio area. It will be much more clean and professional with it elsewhere (I played with that idea too). Not to mention that short wall could be a good space for the sample albums.
     
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    What is the height of the ceiling? Your going to want alot of distance from even the start of a backdrop for full length portraits; to be able to light a background separate from the subject. Paint the walls and ceiling black if you want to do high key full length stuff;in order to minimize bounce.
     
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    Your right...that would be a good space for the albums. I have a computer room so I'll probably just keep my things there! Someday, we'll be finishing up another room in the basement so I'll think about doing an office next to the studio.
    I'll try my best with the lights and the pictures.
    What kind of lights should I put all though the room?
     
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    It's a shitty height...around 8 feet. Most basements are that height I guess. Wish it was more than 10!
     
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    You'll probably want to invest in softboxes to control light better.. Bounce with umbrellas tends to go everywhere in a small room and will effect your shots at certain apertures.

    A studio space will be primary for me when I purchase a house sometime this year. Either that or enough land to build a separate building for it.

    For god sakes stay away from fluorescent. You'll want even lighting for any area around your editing platform. Try and plan to put a few shots on the walls and place some track lighting on them.
     
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    Ding ding ding. I have plans for a loft studio above our yet to be built garage at our yet to be built house. :lol: . It can't happen soon enough. :happysad:
     
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    indeed.. I'm on my last internship.. and the union just got a 20% wage increase.. sadly, the housing market here in St. John's is amongst the highest in the country. Its utterly disgusting.
     
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    I'm definitely investing on studio lights, and all the good stuff after the studio is done. But for now I'm just looking at putting everything the right way...I don't want to say when my studio is done that "I should've put a plug in that corner"...I want to do things right the first time around!
    I'm definitely not putting fluorescent lights!
     
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    One thing you might want to consider is a bathroom and/or changing room in the area? Is there already one in the basement that could be used for the studio?
     
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    I won't have one in the basement yet, but I have a bathroom right when you come in the house, so it won't be far :)
     
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    That is good for now. You definitely won't want clients walking throughout your house to find the bathroom.

    That was a huge selling feature for the house we just bought. Brand new bathroom right next to the studio area. And across the hall will be the viewing/meeting room once it is finished.

    Once we outgrow this I will be building a larger studio space on to the house since we have the room.
     
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    Nothing wrong with 5600k fluorescent lights in the main area for setting up purposes. I'd rather have plenty of even light over spotty halogens in the main shooting area.

    Have you figured out how many circuits to have in the room, and the amperage of each? What type of studio lighting are you (planning on) using? Wire the room for war. :)

    Can you recess plugs into the floor, or walls only? How about the ceiling?
     
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    That's awesome!!
    I've got lots of room to expand in the near future ;)
     
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    Nothing has been done to the room yet as for wiring so anything is possible. The electrician is coming at 5 so I have to decide everything before then!! I hope I don't mess anything up!
     
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    If your panel will allow it, I'd suggest a 40 amp circuit for the main shooting area, and 20 amp for where you want to run your PC, etc. 40 might be overkill now, but you can easily trip 20 on a larger studio setup.
     
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    Thanks so much everyone for your help. I'll be posting some more pictures up soon of the studio and probably some more questions... :)
     
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    Keep us updated Suzanne, you lucky duck :)
     
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    Building a studio is great fun!
     
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    It seems like it is. I just hope that when she gets it done that I am only 1/2 hour away from her and very nosy :)
     
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    You can come over anytime!! :)
     
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    Me too? :) lol
     
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    Humm...maybe! :)
     
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    no boys allowed Clif :P
     
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    lol.. I might go visit the girls club tonite! :)
     
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    lol that seems to be what it is. I might not be there so you won't get bugged by me
     
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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! I was hoping to finally meet you....Sorry Suzanne for stealin' your thread.....


    So about your studio... when can I go check 'er out? :)
     

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