Hello there Photographers,
Would be very grateful if you could answer my query.
We are thinking of building a home photographic studio at the end of our long garden...what sizing would be most suitable please?
Obviously ceiling height is important, so that light bounces correctly.
As a model, I've been photographed in all manner size garden studios...but really want to get my own studio sizing right from the start.
Studio to be built in log cabin style. Garden is 100ft long and 80 ft wide.
Many thanks, in anticipation of your advice.
I know the minimum size of a home studio has been discussed tons of times in the past, and generally the minimum size has always been agreed to be about 16' wide by 20' long internally.
Advise that you check with local council the maximum size that you can build before requiring planning permission. Be cagey regarding it's use stress is not for commercial purpose's otherwise they will hit you for business rates, council tax.
I would say don't bank on the studio hire. There is probably a very good reason you don't have any local. I'm in a pretty good position between two large towns and a station nearby. Even so we get very few hires. True i don't make any serious effort to push that side of the business though.
The studio is on here as immortaleye. There is a couple of shots of the shoot area, which ought to give you an idea of the dimentions in real life. (BTW Purestorm if you are not going to give the option of viewing the code in the editor and least sort the bug out with posting a URL so you can type after creating it without all the text becoming part of the URL )
Smaller studios are inherently more difficult to light due to spill and light refelection off walls (not to mention restriction on focal lengths).
Couple that with the fact that the biggest proportion of photographers wanting to use a home studio would likely be (I'm assuming) less experienced, it would be harder for them to get anything useful from a small studio such as a shed/garage, and even more experienced photographers may struggle due to lack of familiarity with the space provided.
That in mind, if you're having your own lights in there it would be good to have one or two preset light setups that simply just work and all they have to do is press the shutter at standard settings (eg. 100 ISO, 1/125, F8 ), light restricting modifiers such as grids & barndoors would be advised if doing anything other than flat lighting, dark painted walls will also help to a degree. A model who I'm good friends with has such a setup in her garage and it's worked well for her.
Personally I hate small studio spaces and would much rather shoot in 'real' surroundings (even if small) given the choice.