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BrianO
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Show your home/makeshift studio


We used to have a thread here called "Show your sad, makeshift studio," but I don't find it in searching for old threads.

I thought it was fun and informative, so I'm starting a new one.

Here's my work in progress. First a shot of the back of the camera room showing the entrance, then from the other end showing the backdrop and the conference area.

It's a 14 X 20 room with a cathedral ceiling that's 8 feet high at the sides and 11 feet at the peak, and the conference room is 8 X 8 feet and leads into a small kitchen.

The walls were a sort of orangish pink color, so repainting in white was the first priority. It's going to have very dark brown bamboo-laminate floors. The aluminum-framed, single-pane windows will be replaced with new energy-efficient ones. The big one on the left side of the camera room is north-facing, which is always nice.

I'll post more photos when it's done. In the mean time, I'd love to see some of yours.














Aug 17, 2013 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Show your home/makeshift studio


Nobody else willing to show their spaces? Really?


Aug 24, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Show your home/makeshift studio


I just got my first set of lights and a softbox and have not yet finalized where I will set them up. But when I do, I will post here. I am sure that I have a lot to learn from the studio portrait standpoint.
One thing is for sure, I don't have that nice of a space for my studio.



Aug 24, 2013 at 05:11 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Show your home/makeshift studio


rebelshooter wrote:
I just got my first set of lights and a softbox and have not yet finalized where I will set them up. But when I do, I will post here.


I look forward to seeing it.

What kind of lights did you get?

rebelshooter wrote:
...One thing is for sure, I don't have that nice of a space for my studio.


I've shot in a commercial studio with camera stands, multi-roll backdrop systems, and rail-mounted strobes; in an apartment with gray paper taped to the wall during sessions for a BG, hiding my gear in closets and under beds when not in use; and everything in between.

We work with what we've got, and try to have the most fun we can along the way, right?



Aug 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Show your home/makeshift studio


There was a long thread on this couple of years ago...some very nice home studios in there.

its older than i thought.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/144181/98

member archives
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/270455

PDF of the 1st 100 pages

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages1-10.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages11-20.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages21-30.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages31-40.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages41-50.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages51-60.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages61-70.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages71-80.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages81-90.pdf

http://rayzorfist.org/temp/FredMiranda.com-StudioThread-Pages91-100.pdf




Aug 24, 2013 at 03:11 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Show your home/makeshift studio


BrianO wrote:
Nobody else willing to show their spaces? Really?


I would ... but you've seen the sun & sky a thousand times already.




Aug 24, 2013 at 06:07 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Show your home/makeshift studio


My basement


IMG_0681 by josedeidaphotography, on Flickr


IMG_0682 by josedeidaphotography, on Flickr



GK2 by josedeidaphotography, on Flickr



Oct 03, 2013 at 03:51 AM
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sqdstf wrote:
My basement


That's an interesting shield set-up you have on your bare-bulb unit. I bet it really helps in keeping the light crisp in that low space.

Thanks for posting.



Oct 03, 2013 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Show your home/makeshift studio


Black Foam Tri-Fold Display Board


Oct 03, 2013 at 04:46 AM
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BrianO wrote:
...I'll post more photos when it's done. In the mean time, I'd love to see some of yours.


Okay, as promised here's the (almost) final product. It still needs window dressings and furniture, but I've already done one portrait session as is.








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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Show your home/makeshift studio


Brian,
I can remember seeing lots of photos of your equipment, your shooting spaces and photos of test targets. I can't remember seeing any photos of actual subjects. I'd like to see some results photos.



Oct 07, 2013 at 01:40 PM
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dmacmillan wrote:
Brian, ...I'd like to see some results photos.


I understand, but as a rule I don't post photos of people for privacy reasons. If I were a full-time pro with a Web site it might be different, but as is it's just not "my style."

However, I did get express permission to post this one I took on Saturday, which is going to be posted on the Web anyway; it's for her personal Web site. I chose to use butterfly lighting using my beauty dish as key and soft box as fill.








Oct 07, 2013 at 03:57 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Show your home/makeshift studio


Thanks Brian! Nice job.


Oct 07, 2013 at 04:37 PM
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dmacmillan wrote:
Thanks Brian! Nice job.


Thank you.

There's a bit more glare on her forehead than I would like; I need to learn more about Photoshop Elements to see if there's a way to take out the white and substitute skin-tone while keeping the hair intact.



Oct 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
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BrianO wrote:
I need to learn more about Photoshop Elements

With as much time and effort you've put in your studio, I suggest you consider moving up to Lightroom if you don't already have it. I use LR 5.2 and PS6. I use Photoshop for plugins that create another layer. I'm doing more and more in LR, but sometimes I need PS6 for some heavy lifting, including old photo restoration.



Oct 07, 2013 at 05:01 PM
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dmacmillan wrote:
With as much time and effort you've put in your studio, I suggest you consider moving up to Lightroom if you don't already have it.


I don't, but it's on my wish list. I tested LR1 way back when, but didn't buy it after the test period. In hindsight, that was a mistake.

In the mean time, here's what I just did in PSE:








Oct 07, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Show your home/makeshift studio


LR1 ... that's going back a bit. I didn't care much for LR until LR4 came out. I still use CS6 almost exclusively for my workflow, but I will use LR on those rare occasions when I do some production oriented work.


Oct 07, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Show your home/makeshift studio


There's a bit more glare on her forehead than I would like; I need to learn more about Photoshop Elements to see if there's a way to take out the white and substitute skin-tone while keeping the hair intact.

I haven't used Elements in years, but I suspect that this method is there. Use the clone stamp tool and set the blend mode to Darken. Set the opacity to 30% or thereabout and sample the darker skin tone you want to replicate in place of the shinier skin. Then paint over the shinier skin, building up with strokes until you're happy. Setting the blend mode to Darken will affect only those pixels that are lighter than your sample area; it will leave the darker hair alone.



Oct 10, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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Steve Wylie wrote:
...Use the clone stamp tool and set the blend mode to Darken. Set the opacity to 30% or thereabout...


Doh! Of course! I keep forgetting about blend mode; I always just use the clone stamp in Normal Mode.

Thanks!



Oct 10, 2013 at 04:52 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Show your home/makeshift studio


Sunny Sra wrote:
There was a long thread on this couple of years ago...some very nice home studios in there.

its older than i thought.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/144181/98

member archives
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/270455



That was such a great thread. I wish a lot of the photos were still in there.



Nov 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM





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