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So here is a hypothetical question - if you wanted to build a low cost studio in the garden, what sizes would you think to be the minimum shooting area required for comfortable working for shooting groups of up-to say 5 people?
There could be a soft home made infinity curve (top/bottom and sides) at one end, and east facing windows to one side for natural light and maybe skylights.
I'm thinking about 7M wide 8M long and actually pretty high as well, at least 3M.
I've been used to shooting in a space 3.1M wide by 5M long and 2.4M high. The width was very troublesome for positioning lights far enough away that light fall off across the subject was not too obvious. Height was annoying for jumps or shooting tall people from low down and impossible for positioning lights overhead.
So what do you think would be a modest but comfortable size for which to aspire?
Many thanks for your ideas or comments in advance.
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Good hight so yeah 3m or above. I'd say you need more length the width (ohh err missus) having a longer studio lets you use longer lenses which will help compress the background. I'd say 8m x 5m but as you're looking at 7x8. bob on. don't forget storage, changing area, where are clients going to sit while the set is being changed. Toilets, kitchen area? I'm guess you are looking at making it a working/paying studio?
Surely at that size planning permission would be required ?...
Quote: Surely at that size planning permission would be required ?...
Very good point. I think if it's classed am temporary ie made from wood it can be larger. If planning is required then it'll need to meet regs for whatever you decide to class it as.
Check here for what is allowed under planning.
As for size, that should be plenty, I've seen people work in much smaller studios with more than 5 people.
A side note, from my own and others experience around the country of converting or building outbuildings to use for a commercial purposes, you are more than likely going to need planning permission.
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