Home studio?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by TonyTurley, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Hi folks. I have a question about your home studios. I'm looking to set up a spare room as a home studio. This will be a multi-purpose area, used for photography and artsy things. I'm particularly fond of woodworking and woodburning, and want to have an area where I can take photos of plaques, clocks, things like that. I want my setup to be simple and easy to set up and take down. Is something like this suitable, or do you have other suggestions?



    EDIT: upon further reflection, perhaps something more simple, like this?

  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    I have no opinion on those lighting setups. But in my experience, woodworking and photography aren't compatible in the same space. The dust from cutting wood would wreck your camera and computer gear in no time.
  3. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    It would probably be ok. I am building very portable studio from speedlites (I have made the first tripod [actually quadpod] and got a Godox 60 cm*60 cm softbox today) and that may be better option for you too. You can have much more power out of mains operated flashes but you can't use them outside and so on. My idea is to build tripods from carbon fibre tubing, magic ball and use 1/4" to 3/8" female adapters as connectors. That way I can have a lightning tripod that folds to 45 cm bundle that fits my shoulder bag (I have now 9 33 cm pieces that can be connected together and to the magic ball, will order 8 45 cm pieces of tubing shortly and use these as feet).

    These home made lightning stands are expensive to make but ready made ones are cheap, 2-3 speedlites, softboxes, flash holders etc. will cost something like 300 USD from ebay.


    Umbrellas are cheaper than softboxes and the kind that reflects and diffuses are really nice (but longer than about 48 cm that is my bag long dimension) and if you have the speedlites already you need only light stands, flash transceivers, umbrellas and holders to piece them together.
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  4. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    I should have been more clear. All the actual woodworking is done in a separate area in the garage. I plan to have a tiltable table, and the woodburning is just basically "drawing with fire", using a temperature-controlled stylus to etch and draw on things like plaques, clocks, etc. Absolutely no cutting or sanding in this area. That's why I want to have a set-up that is easy to set up and take down. In addition, my camera equipment is kept in sealed containers in a separate storage area.


    PS: I haven't bought any equipment yet. Still mulling over options.
  5. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
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    I'm also about to embark on a home studio (though technically it's in my photographer buddies home!). So I'm watching with interest people's options on cheapish options to get started.
  6. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    The options are really staggering, from some butcher paper taped to the wall, on up. I'm planning to start out sub-$200 (probably sub-$100), and see how that works. As I won't ever be photographing people, my needs are very simple. I'm in the midst of remodeling several rooms, and I plan to devote a corner of one room to photography.

  7. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    I guess you could say I fall into the 'butcher block paper taped to the wall' category.:( IMG_0011 (Large).JPG
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