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How Big Does Your Photography Studio Need to Be?

When it comes to choosing a space for studio photography, it is often a tradeoff between having enough room for all your equipment and for whatever creative ideas you envision versus the cost of renting said space. If you are wondering how much room you need for full-length portraits, check out this excellent video that will show you everything you need to know. 

Coming to you from John Gress, this excellent video investigates just how long a studio needs to be for full-length portraits. No doubt, if you are looking at a studio space, this is something you will want to consider. And of course, take into account not just the distance needed to get the entire subject in the frame, but also the distance you will need to include the backdrop and all the room you will need around them for lighting equipment and the like. If you just shooting headshots or half-length portraits, you can likely work in much smaller spaces and your needs will be significantly different, but if you think you will expand your output to include full-length shots, it is generally a good idea to get a little more space than you think you need if you can do so within your budget. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I recently attended a workshop in John’s studio and found both the studio and workshop to be great. While the studio isn’t the largest, it was more than adequate for the workshop and seems to meet John’s needs. I wish I had one like it!

From personal experience a minimum of 20x20 feet would be required. Gives just enough space to place lights, reflectors, and to back up with normal lens.

Yep. Amazing that if you actually watched this you wouldn't have noticed. Cough cough Alex & John.

i the light on the background coming from the main softbox?

I think ceiling hight is important, under 2.5m can be problematic. I like to get my 2m indirect Octa above people.