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    Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Thanks Marc, I downloaded!

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    Monty, I've been looking into constructing a natural light studio as well.

    Here's a fantastic book from 1902 that's filled with diagrams and instructions. Download a PDF and then start around page 53 -
    Photo lighting : a treatise on light and its effect under the skylight, including chapters on skylight and skylight construction, window lighting and dark room work.

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    Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc_Andrew View Post
    Monty, I've been looking into constructing a natural light studio as well.

    Here's a fantastic book from 1902 that's filled with diagrams and instructions. Download a PDF and then start around page 53 -
    Photo lighting : a treatise on light and its effect under the skylight, including chapters on skylight and skylight construction, window lighting and dark room work.

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    Ah, thank you for posting the book link. I now have a better understanding of what Monty has in mind.

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    Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Thank you all!! These are excellent leads and resources. I look forward to sharing the journey with everyone. Iíll share thoughts as I go through the resources provided in this thread in the hopes that the expertise here can refine the possibilities and vision. My wife and I hope this is the last home on what has been a busy working life Roadie and we want to get this right. The collective thoughts of the community here will definitely help sharpen the finished product.

    The latitude consideration is a fantastic piece to research.

    Oren thank you for the clean up on aisle 7!

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    It's ironic that the link you provided in your first post shows us the huge daylight window and then photos taken with a bank of studio strobes.

    Your space is ample, and calculating your focal length and distance issues, and angle of coverage at a given distance, can be done with, or extrapolated from, online calculators. After that, it's a matter of drawing it out on paper, including max subject width, distance to background, etc. Lord Snowdon had a long, narrow studio with daylight on both sides and series of white and black curtains to control the light. I imagine the studio manual downloads recommended will offer full info, including light falloff,etc. It's worth noting that, going back to Mathew Brady days, portrait studios also used various reflectors, including, I believe, concave ones (parabolic?) to help aim and intensify light when conditions permitted.
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    Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Monty, this old thread


    includes much information that might be helpful. Although I never had an opportunity to make use of Christopher Broadbent's answers to my questions (someday, maybe), his prodigious experience probably means that what he wrote is an excellent studio space prescription worth following.
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    What a wonderful dream. Marc thanks for the book download.

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    Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Large North facing windows and skylights I would guess should provide the light. Might not want any sort of film or solar filter on the glass. /think too about the glass itself; I don't know if UV filtering glass is optimum (it may ber a good ting, I just don't know).

    After that, some way to modify that incoming light with blinds, curtains and so on.

    Sounds like you are custom building a space . . .Think about being able to move directly out doors from the studio to a patio-like environment at times.

    A friend who did weddings and commercial portraiture built a false wall outside with onside as bit rustic/frm-ish and the other sdide with a South-West Adobe look. Worked for him.
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    Thanks Hugo

    I have seen this before, but a second look is always good

    For 3 seconds I dreamed of similar, never happening

    However I am very happy Monty is trying!

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    Re: Designing a studio space for natural light portraiture

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc_Andrew View Post
    Monty, I've been looking into constructing a natural light studio as well.

    Here's a fantastic book from 1902 that's filled with diagrams and instructions. Download a PDF and then start around page 53 -
    Photo lighting : a treatise on light and its effect under the skylight, including chapters on skylight and skylight construction, window lighting and dark room work.

    Marc
    Thank you Marc, for that wonderful resource!

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