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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    Recent cutting-edge cosmological research indicates it is a theoretical impossibility to build a "big enough" studio within the confines of this physical universe.
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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    Can you share a photo of the raw space? It would help us better visualize the situation... although you have some good ideas already.
    I've seen good work done in very small studios (and I've shot in a couple).
    Here is the room I have to work with. It's 9' wide x 18' long.

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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    The couch is gonna have to go.

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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dugan View Post
    The couch is gonna have to go.
    What!?!!! "Fainting" couches were big in Victorian photography... ;-)

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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    It looks like it'll work fine. My last studio was a bit smaller, and it didn't have any windows.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    You have plenty of space, although I envy you because my wife took away two rooms! I still have a serious darkroom setup in another building, but no more studio or display space. Tracks on the ceiling for movable things, sliding panels on wall, etc. My habit when trying to figure out the most efficient allocation of space is to get some gridded paper and start drawing in options. I used quick to set up and dismantle diffusers and fabric stands made of PVC pipe fittings, and suspended a round pipe from hooks in the ceiling for sake of big background paper rolls. I had a young couple on the way over for their portrait when the cat found the lower end of the roll just above the floor. As I was answering the doorbell, the cat was rapidly unrolling the background paper from above and spinning around a tunnel of it on the floor, then went wild shredding it from the inside of this fun little tunnel, which amounted to about half the volume of the roll by then! So just as I escorted the clients into the studio, I saw paper confetti everywhere. The lesson of that is, cats aren't good studio equipment. Now they've taken over completely, and I'm just the butler.

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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    Kino-flos with diffusion, maybe. But bouncing off opposite walls or flats might be the simplest.

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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    LED Litepanels?

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    Re: studio space problems with soft boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Dozer View Post
    Here is the room I have to work with. It's 9' wide x 18' long.

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    You're in California. Open the window and shoot from outside. You should have plenty of room on the sides for your lighting. I'm not kidding here. I have a workspace (I dare not call it a studio) that is 1/2 of a 2-car garage. I regularly shoot from outside, even light from outside through the windows if there is not enough natural light.

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    I don't know exactly where he lives, but here where I happen to live in California, opening the window right now would let a lot of wildfire smoke and haze in. At least there would be no need for a Harrison & Harrison amber filter if one wanted that Godfather movie look with color film.

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