Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

When Loretta and I were looking to move back to San Francisco from Chicago we were searching for 2 bedroom apartments, but what we found for the same price was a house with plenty of space. Now we each have our own offices/work spaces and I decided to turn mine into a workable studio.

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

There are 5 parts to the room for me to put together: the stage (light grid and backdrop support), my desk, a prep station, a “stand-up” background, and gear storage. Since I’m doing the build out by myself (and on extra pocket money I come across) I’m breaking it out into stages. Stage 1 was to get my desk/edit station set up, store my gear, and get a temporary shooting space put together.

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

With my desk in place and a temporary shooting floor all set up (I set up a portable backdrop and lights on stands for the space. But the plan is to build a light grid and pre-set lights for the BG and stand up sections (that’s stage 3)), I moved onto filling out the other parts of the office; starting with the prep table.

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

Having a place to work that isn’t my desk was important for me. The extra space means that I can prep my gear without piling stuff all over my keyboard. It also means that I have a clear, flat space to sit at and work; instead of sitting on the floor and doing so. The table surface is also a nice light wood pattern, so it doubles as a place to take product shots.

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

Now that I’m doing more gear reviews and wanting to do videos for them I need a space to do my stand-ups (intros to the videos with me in frame). I took a page from DeeJay Sharton’s book (see his studio here: dslrfilmnoob.com)and put together some shelves with knick-knacks. I’m still working on filling the shelves, but it’ll be a great setup once I get it filled (and build the light grid).

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

I got a little punchy and jumped a few stages. After I get the light grid up I’ll need to get, well, lights. I have two set-ups that will need light: the seamless backdrop and my stand-up area. I  saw these 300w Focus/Flood tungsten quartz light from Impact on B&H (bhphotovideo.com) for $100 and had to check them out. I really like the light quality from them and think they’ll be perfect for what I need; I’ll have a full review of them coming up soon; and I’ll be getting 4-5 more of them.

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

There is still a LOT I have to do to call my office/studio “complete” (light grid, seamless BG support, bookshelf, file cabinet, utility drawer, sound proofing); but I’ve got the space to a point now that is functionally and stylistically what I want. It’ll be a slow process, but I’ll keep updating as I move forward. Stage 3 is to put the grid up and mount a seamless support; if anyone has any ideas on best ways to do this, I’m all ears!

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

 

 

 

Building a Home Studio: Stage 2

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