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How to turn your garage into a photography studio

For many of us, indulging in the creative arts is one of the most enjoyable ways of passing the time. Whether you have a flair for oil painting or are good with your hands, creating sculptures that would take pride of place in any gallery, engaging your creativity is a source of much happiness for many.

One of the more popular pastimes for the creatively inclined is photography. Even today, despite the huge surge in digital photography, many people still choose traditional black and white photography, darkroom and all.

Darkroom photography still holds a prominent place for those with a photographic eye. Indeed, many people still venture into dark recesses to develop their photographs. However, what is for sure is that traditional darkrooms aren’t as prominent as they once were. For those of you with designs on developing your photography yourself, here is just how you can turn your garage into a dark room with ease and simplicity.

Your garage is an ideal environment to set up a darkroom. This can be achieved in just a few simple steps.

Firstly, you need to decide where to store the current contents of your garage. A backyard shed, or attic is an ideal place for such storage. Stackable boxes come in very handy when storing substantial goods in places where space is limited.

Secondly, it’s called a dark room for a reason – it needs to be dark. Should any light penetrate photographic paper it will be exposed and any prints will be distorted. Paint the ceiling, walls, doors and floor black. This will prevent any undue exposure.

Thirdly, keep everything neat and clean. When setting up a home photography studio you will need adequate space for all of the essential tools of the trade. From props and lighting to backdrops and a small desk for any computer equipment, having an appropriate amount of space is essential. Your garage provides ideal space for this. For those with an electric garage why not remove the centre track and wires (you’ll need to hire the services of an electrician.) This provides you with increased space and provides you with more of a studio feel for the environment. Erect a wall mounted air conditioner and heating system to protect you from those warm summers and cool winters.

Fourthly, any backdrops can be purchased easily from any number of online retailers. Similarly, props and photo lights are also easily purchased.

Finally, be shrewd with the studio decorations chosen. Replace any current lighting in the garage with studio lighting. Spot lights can be used to illuminate any decorations or props used for studio lighting.

There you have it. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to effectively turn you garage into a studio. Many of what you’ll need can be sourced from local home depots and supply stores. A home photographic studio can be yours in a flash.

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