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Chapter 6. People Photography >  Getting Set Up

Getting Set Up

Any handy space can be transformed into a mini-studio, as you’ll discover in Chapter 9, “Macro Photography.” A key difference is that close-up photos usually involve small subjects, taken from a few inches away. People pictures require more room than photographs of your ceramic collection, and few homes have space that can be devoted to studio use on a full-time basis. Two of my last three homes had large semi-finished attic space that I was able to commandeer as a studio, and when I had an office addition built for my current residence, I had the choice of having a crawl space underneath or a full basement. I opted for the basement and high ceilings, so I ended up with a 24 × 16-foot multipurpose room that can be used as a studio, darkroom, and storage space.

Those of you with newer homes sans attic, or who live in parts of the country where basements are not common, probably don’t have an extra room for a studio. Even so, I’ll bet you have space that can be pressed into service from time to time. A garage makes a good location, especially if you live in warmer climes or are willing to confine your studio work to warmer weather. Just back your vehicle out of the garage and you have space to shoot. I know several part-time professional photographers who work exclusively from rooms that were originally the garage. Their studios don’t much resemble a garage today, but that’s how they started off.


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