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    how to turn a room into a photo studio

    does anyone have any hints on turning a room in your house into a place where you can take photos? Doesnt have to be too expensive or fancy lighting but maybe some easy affordable suggestions? I'd like to also find some of that white paper on a roll they use for backdrop..again sticking with easy stuff.

    Goal is to take photos of fabric and garments..probably nothing in motion

    thx!


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    I know Azhia turned her little itty bitty loft into a recording/photo studio this weekend for her new dvd. Might want to email her :):):)


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Is this for one time or permanent?


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    thank you!!!!!

    i want to be able to do this (well on an amateur scale but the learning process would be a blast)



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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Quote Originally Posted by jesennia View Post
    thank you!!!!!

    i want to be able to do this (well on an amateur scale but the learning process would be a blast)


    DEFINITELY ask her then. This is pretty similar to the backdrops in her last dvd, look at the preview here :

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    ..g.:


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    And WOW ! That's some work.....


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    That's a stunning pic. Amazing posture. That's the first thing. Relax, practice the poses in front of hte mirror first, ham it up a bit - things look can less cheesy in the photo than in real life a lot of the time. And attitude is the second thing. But you know all that from dancing - bring it into play for the photos too.

    There are many ways of shooting at home.

    Normally I would say step one would be block out all ambient light. Step two, get your studio lights to do what you want them to do. But I guess you don't have studio lights - they are well expensive, and only worth getting if you use them a lot or can hire them out to someone.

    On-camera flash doesn't usually give great results unfortunately. So use the ambient light too, let the flash just supplement it. See where the window light is coming from, pose yourself or the subject accordinlgy. Let the light fall on the bits you want to see. Turn on the lamps in the room so that the lighting isn't all coming from above (if you have alreayd switched ont he overhead light). This is what I do when doing Bridal Prep photos in the bedroom and elsewhere in the house - no fancy lights, usually just ambient light, if I do use on-camera flash (which is at the wrong angle for most flattering styles of photography and creates nasty sharp shadows behind the subject) , I bounce it off the ceiling or a wall to soften it.

    Tell me what sort of camera and lighting you are thinking of using. Many photogs get precious about their lighting but it's amazing what you can do with a standard lamp and a piece of tin foil.
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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    This was taken at home, in the garage. This is what we did:



    1 - I drank a few glasses of wine - I don't get me kit off that easily in front of a camera

    2 - we got a light on a tall stand and stuck it about a foot above my head (more like 6 inches thinking about it). We used a snoot fitting on the light, which is like a funnel shape that gets narrower towards the subject. I have on occasion been reduced to moulding a snoot out of tin foil (I don't know what that's called outside of the UK but we wrap the turkey in it at Christmas). It will get hot with continuous light, such as a tall lamp, so watch out. Flash doesn't have time to get hot.

    3 - I posed. He shot about 60 pics. We checked the camera back a few times to see how we were doing and I put a couple of pairs of socks into my bra (honestly! the garage is right next to the laundry room lol). This is the ONLY shot I like, the ONLY one that really worked. We were experimenting, which is what you should do I reckon.

    4 - I took it into some photo editing software, erased the mole on my cheek, softened my skin, did a sepia colour tone conversion and that was it.

    There was no other light source. We made sure of that. I didn't need to retouch my eyebags or anything because the angle of the light was good for my features. There was no backdrop, everything apart from what was directly lit was blacked out (thank god lol - bikes, trowels, the lot).

    Play around with light. Digital photography is free to a large extent.

    Finally for stuff like product for ebay we use table top lighting tent thingies - more on that another time my fingers are hurting lol x


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Bwahahahaha I just posted that and saw it and realised I look like I'm sniffing my own armpit! It's the first time I've ever noticed that and I've seen that picture a lot lol!


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    OK my fingers might be hurting but I'm just looking at that beautiful picture of Azhia again. It is Azhia isn't it?

    Gawd it's good. No retouching going on there. Everything spot on. Looove it.
    Last edited by Freddie; 06-28-2008 at 08:54 PM.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    there is a thread around here somewhere about how to do this. I wrote a long thing about how to fake studio lights.

    I'll look for it, but if I don't find it, I'll rewrite it.

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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Oooh yes do - there are times when you have to just improvise and I like all the help I can get when the going gets tough and a light fails or something.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Here is the thread:

    http://www.bhuz.com/forum/rest-belly...-lighting.html

    but more importantly, if you don't want to dig, here are the instructions:

    Re: how to fake pro-photo lighting?

    You know those lamps you use in the shop which are tin and have a clip so you cna mount them on anything? Get 2 - 5 of those. Then, get high watt white bulbs. Then find something to place in front which makes the light softer. Find a couple of differnet colours, though shades of the same are fine. This is where knowing people in the theatre community is good. You can also bounce the light off the walls and ceilings.

    Now if you can , place the lights as in the diagram below (hope this works. . .)

    W C

    Dancer

    W C

    W

    W= Warm, C = Cool

    Place all the lights at about 6" above shoulder height (although it can be a little higher) EXCEPT the one in front which should be a little higher. You may want this one to be pink. It's called the beauty light.

    anyway, there is a basic el cheapo photo studio. I learned this from Robert Rodriquez.

    naturally, if there is some place you would like to highlight, you aim more light there. And if there is an archetectual aspect which you would like to highlught, you can always put a light in it or specifically on it.

    Oh, and you can also bring the back lights in more from the side. Still behind. this will create more spill on the background and less on the dancer BUT will be less harsh.

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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Brilliant!!! I will print this off and go to the link and print that off too. And then try it all out. Great stuff, thanks!


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Quote Originally Posted by jesennia View Post
    I'd like to also find some of that white paper on a roll they use for backdrop..again sticking with easy stuff.

    Goal is to take photos of fabric and garments..probably nothing in motion

    thx!
    Jes, you might want to consider using wide white fabric or white sheets as your backdrop. Maybe even use a silk overlay for a lush look. No paper to rip or have to dispose of and easily laundered. You can use push-pins to attach the fabric to the walls. It's also a nice floor cover to create a seamless appearance.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Fabric is a good backdrop. Paper rolls are only any good if you have a solid surface floor. Carpets - not good because if you wear heels they are going to go through the paper. Fabric won't tear like that and you can use it again and again.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Quote Originally Posted by txchic View Post
    Jes, you might want to consider using wide white fabric or white sheets as your backdrop. Maybe even use a silk overlay for a lush look. No paper to rip or have to dispose of and easily laundered. You can use push-pins to attach the fabric to the walls. It's also a nice floor cover to create a seamless appearance.
    Upholstry fabric would be best for this since it is super wide and thicker. Be careful with fabric though. Every wrinkle will show.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Quote Originally Posted by andalee-oriental View Post
    Upholstry fabric would be best for this since it is super wide and thicker. Be careful with fabric though. Every wrinkle will show.
    So true. Sometimes the wrinkles add a bit of texture although it might not always be the desired look. I usually hang the fabric a day or so in advance so the wrinkles have a chance to relax a bit. Plus a light misting of water usually helps the wrinkles relax faster. Or a quick toss in a dryer with a damp towel.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Muslin. Even painters' drop cloths - they're already nice and big. Both can be easily dyed. Get a steamer for the wrinkles. I have an iron that has a built-in steamer and I use it all the time on my veils while they are hanging up on a rod.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Jes,
    Those Pants. I Want.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Beautiful photo Freddie.

    Is that silk art by Carter Smith? I absolutely love his work. He is my favorite silk artist.

    As for the lighting in the photo, Looks like a grey or black paper backdrop. Shine one light at the backdrop and light the subject with another softer light(diffused if possible).


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    Bwahahahaha I just posted that and saw it and realised I look like I'm sniffing my own armpit! It's the first time I've ever noticed that and I've seen that picture a lot lol!
    No, no ...it does not look like that, your head is not turned quite enough for that activity. You look glamorous! ..g.:

    Lisa


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    And, the lighting from above looks spectacular!


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    thanks so much for posting you guys..just got home from a six hour drive to the doc and am exhausted so will follow up with this after some rest

    excellent ideas and tips, thanks so much you guys

    Freddie you crack me up :) I love the photo that is beautiful..

    No i didnt make those pants, but aren't they killer? The site is Carter Smith Studios ..if you google shibori or wearable art you can find some pretty neat stuff. Dar of Shibori Borealis : One of a kind silk veils for belly dance, scarves and fabrics may pop in here too..her work is excellent and she's been lucky enough to take a workshop from him. I just love that photo thought you guys would, too..am looking for inspiration to photo silk garments and fabrics mostly for fun but I love learning something new

    thx all:)


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    Jes, will D & D be photographed in your new home studio? Inquiring minds would like to know.


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    lol well maybe not for public viewing but i'm sure Dolly and Denise will want to try out new lighting and being draped in veils


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    hello
    my boyfriend is a photographer. we're having a fight at the moment so i can only tell you what i learn from the past experience.
    the lighting is the most important. and natural light can work wonder. golden light during sunset is of course beautiful. pick where you want to take photos, and observe the light thru out the day and different weather (overcast can produce great photos) to see when it's the most flattering to your skin and the clothes you're trying to show. one time he took picture of me in our tiny backyard. it's really tiny. light couldn't come in directly because of the surrounding building, but the photos came out good because the sunlight bounced off the walls of other buildings and became soft and gave me a gentle glow. try not use flash, unless you want to do something dramatic. practise your pose in front of a mirror before the shoot so you don't waste time (being a dancer you would have no problem with the poses!) because if you're using natural light the best light might last only for a short time. you must also practise your facial expression. boyfriend always says the expressions make the photos. whether you want to look senual, cheeky, dreamy even angry and bored, it's better than looking blank. tell your photographer to tell you to adjust the angle you're posing. and when you adjust you must move slowly. sometime if you just turn a tiny bit it makes big difference. dancing is good. and be ready to repeat same movement many many times if photographer likes it so they can find the best angle. you must communicate with the phtotographer thru out the shoot.
    the first time i posed for photos with him, he didn't take one picture of me until after half an hour of posing. another time had to pose naked on a very windy hill on a greek island. and we had to wait for the wind to blow the right direction for my hair. i hate hate hate being his model.
    hope this help x


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    thanks for posting and you brought up a great point about natural lighting outdoors..once we used one of those windshield reflectors that was a gold color ..we tied it to a tree at sunset and the light bounced off it and made a golden glow

    greek hillside modeling? share photos? :)


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    Re: how to turn a room into a photo studio

    photos are all in boyfriend's computers. he's very bad at giving me copies of photos. too lazy. and i hate to look at myself anyway. but i share with you better photos here. here boyfriend's website
    Our Forgotten Children
    i must add that my personal favourite picture is his profile picture and it was me who took it!


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