Studio Improvements

September 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

So, the last two weekends, we have been i the studio with what free time we do have working on improvments. Let's go over some of the changes

Before the Black background was straddled against the rear corner, while this may have been asthetically pleasing it wasn't the best layout for space optimization, nor did it work well with our plan for the wire management

The new set up includes the new white background running perpindicular to the black background, we also brough the balck muslin off the rear corner and ran it against the back wall. This change has allowed us to get a better idea of the layout of the studio, having the full length of the left wall open has allowed us to forsee space for a couple of background roller systems, we have three new backgrounds coming in this next week so look for another update in that department coming soon.

As for now however, I wold like to give the first prototype tour of the studio, at least what we have right now.

From the shooting perspective of the white backdrop we can see the variaty of umbrellas and soft boxes, all are hot lights, and all of them are CFL hotlights, CFL is nice because it not only keeps my costs down, but watt for watt gives out better light without emitting the heat of traditional hot lights. Each umbrella has a 105 watt CFL eminating 400 watts of equivilant light, that's awesome

As for the soft boxes, the weekest one gives off an equivilant 600 watts of power, the stronger ones are over 1200 watts each of equivilant light. The two hair lights we have are each 150 watts of equivilant light. all bulbs used are daylight 5500 K studio lights and are almost a bit cool, but perfect for your next shoot.

Also, notice that even though we have numerous hot lights, you won't find a single power cord or extension cable on the ground or in the way of the backdrops, This is due to an elaborate "zip-line" system that covers about 100 feet of span distance in the studio, all the main lights have a full 30 feet line coverage as well as 8 ft radius coverage at any point along the line, what this means to you is need, a softbox? pull it over, wat to switch from one background to another? simply move the hotlight over to where you need it. If you haven't figured it ut yet, this almost evens the playing field with a strobe setup's main advantage, portability. The suspention system ancors 1000 lb tension wire into metal studs, in other words, safe and effective.

Here you can see more of the hot light rigging, the lowest the porwer cords will dangle is 7.5 feet, well out of the range of the camera frame. Looking towards the front of the studio you can see just how much space we have to fill By this time next week that side wall on the right will have 3 10x12 backdrops fixed to the wall, another similar system will be installed in the near future running on the same wall Towards the front corner next to the bathroom/ Changing room, speeking of changing room, I am standing in the location of the main changing room, we will tackle this project soon, ie, affixing the curtain, installing lights and mirrors, and having a powder table.

To demonstrate what kind of space we are talking about here, you can see how high the ceilings are, also I though we had acquired 1036sq ft, this is what the land lord said afterall, but a quick measuremnt showed the space to be 38x38 minus the 50sq ft unuasable space, we actually have 1400sq ft! What does this mean for you? Well, now that we have an acruate idea of the space we are working with, we will be able to have more backgrounds mounted and ready to use, already knowing what the dimenions are has changed how we designed the cable management system, having the extra space has made TPS a safer working environment.

OK so that should be more than enough for now, I hope that by next week we start to get the fun stuff posted, more backgrounds and more props. Until then

TPS


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