14. Studio space and making it work

Working in a small studio doesn’t have to be a limitation. You can make smaller studio spaces work for you with just a little bit of planning, organization and creativity.

This photography class provides a number of tips and tricks for setting up a studio, whether it be your first home photography studio or your fourth professional studio. From storing equipment to safety considerations, Karl explains what to think about when setting up your own studio and how to make the most of available space.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Maximizing space
  • Storing your equipment
  • Tips for setting up a home studio
  • Useful equipment and accessories
  • Safety considerations
  • Displaying your work

Comments

  1. Hi Karl,
    Could you get David to come over some time? It’d be great to hear how he does all these fluid shots! Maybe it can be a talk show, or live demo shoot, or maybe a few course lessons?

    As for studio space, my future home studio will have a normal ceiling height (approx 2,5m or thereabouts, not higher. Already planned it in with my home renovation.). Do you have advice or tips for those that do have height constraints?

    1. Hi Kryn, 2.5 is manageable but I would have it white but it will also be prudent to construct some sort of fabric on wires that can be drawn across the ceiling to make it black if necessary, or maybe large black foam boards that can velcro to the ceiling.

      With regards David, you’ll be pleased to hear he is scheduled to come over in the New Year. Cheers Karl.

  2. Hi, Karl.
    Your tutorials have been invaluable to me.
    I am working in a very small home studio, being 2.3m x 3.9m. My backdrop is 2m x 2m. Is this actually too small to do anything but the one light set up ?
    Its a log cabin so obviously the walls are all round wood. Im considering putting up some sort of curtaining but this will reduce the space even more. Any ideas or tips ?
    Thank you
    Jo

    1. Hi Joanne, thank you I’m glad you are enjoying them. With regards your questions please continue through the ‘Light Source’ course and you will see in the one, two, and three light setups that there are ways to overcome these problems. If you have further questions following this then please come back to me. Kind regards Karl.

  3. Hello from Canada Karl. I’ll be moving in to my first studio in a couple of weeks. Yes, I’m extremely excited about it. The space is an old school classroom 10metres x 12metres with approximately 4metres of height. Currently the walls are painted an industrial grey colour with a white ceiling. Should I paint the walls white or leave it grey? My initial thought was to go all white but perhaps that’s not the best option. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you. Nick.

    1. Hi Nicholas, Your studio is a decent size so I would go all white but also install some black fabric curtains on wires that you can draw around the room as necessary when you really want to ensure there is no light bounce.

  4. Excellent content! We are opening a studio next month and this video is solid gold! Very glad I found you Karl this learning platform is amazing! Thank you

  5. Hi again Karl. So I’ve been in my new studio (described above) for a couple of months now and it’s working out very well. One thing that’s proving to be problematic however is the storage of softboxes and other large modifiers. I like to leave my most commonly used ones built up and ready to go but obviously that takes up a lot of floor space. When you had smaller studios what diD you Do to solve this problem.? Break them down? Hanging system?
    Anyone who has an idea about this please chime in. Thanks as always Karl

    1. Hi Nicholas, you can screw large hooks into the wall or ceiling and hang them. These type of hooks are usually plastic coated and about 10cm diameter available from DIY stores.

  6. Really enjoying your videos Karl.
    I would love to view the one on how you constructed your infinity wall. (Couldn’t find it.) I am especially interested in what material you use for the floor and what maintenance (keeping it white) looks like. I have been using flat white paint which looks great but really shows the scuff marks. I have to keep repainting it alot.

      1. Thanks! I was hoping there was some magic solution that worked better than what I was doing but per your video … once every month or so is what I end up doing for a fresh coat as well.
        BTW … I am really impressed by your quick and timely responses.

  7. How do you keep the infinity cove clean, do you paint it often, and why white and not gray like i have seen in other fashion studios?

    1. Never mind i just read through a bunch of comments> but i still want to know why white instead of gray/

      1. Hi David, I’ve worked in many different rental studios over the last 20 years and I don’t recall seeing a grey one? White can easily be made grey by putting less light on white. White will only be white if you put lots of light on it. When I need a dark grey background then I paint part of my cove that colour.

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