I just have returned from "work-trip" (would that be "of-location assignment"?) and have found wonderful note from my ceo - I'm moving to new, larger studio and I have to choose color for it.
I have one studio with my friends, the one for "hobby-work", it isn't big, but is suitable for most of our experiments - 9 meters long, 4.5m wide and 3m tall. We have painted half of that studio in black and other half in white, so we have 2 setups for easier lightning - high key and low key.
Unfortunately, I'm not able to achieve same in "my" new studio: it is larger, but not long enough for such treatment. Or, better to say - it is too big for such divided setups. I have run sort of test with my 3d software and the light fall-of is just to big ("long"): studio is 11m long, but is 7m wide and 3.5 high.
Unlike previously described studio which I share with 6 friends, in this one I have to position also my "computer table", preparation tables (those on which I will sort and/or prepare products I have to shoot), and some other small "things" I can't describe with my limited English.
I have idea of painting whole studio in light gray - something like Kodak's gray card, with "roll-like panels" on the side walls. white and black in pairs, so I can change reflection amount. I would just like to hear from you what do you think about my idea.
The primary purpose of this studio will still remain product shots - from those small setups for catalogs to those I really enjoy - advertisement, but my firm is also thinking about photographing people in this studio. I'm afraid that this studio won't be tall enough for perfect lightning of people, but will be much better that the room I'm using right now. (Not studio, just room.)