I have a little room that would work good for a starter studio. I'm a sucker for BW portraits taken in front of a black or white backdrop, so I'd like to get into taking them. Here's my thoughts, and please add to them, or subtract from them! I'll split it up into 3 categories: Already have, to get, and to do. The room is a 10x15 I believe. One 10' wall has a sliding glass door. The other 10' wall will have the backdrop. The 15' walls will be lined with some large prints of photos I've taken, as a simple gallery. Above the photos, on the ceiling will be track lighting to really light up the photos. I plan on painting the walls black, if that is an OK color, as long as I have enough lighting. 10' is fairly narrow, so my 2 43" umbrellas take up quite a bit of that 10 feet. What should I do about this? I suppose I could stagger them. Already Have ------------- Room 2 strobes 2 umbrellas track lighting (for general room lighting) camera/tripod/remote To Get -------- backdrops - 1 10x20 black, 1 10x20 white mounting system for backdrops mirror or some sort? To use for reflections in portraits general re-usable props - chair/stool, ? To Do -------- Paint walls - flat or semi-gloss black? Install track lighting above "gallery" on side walls Well, let me know your ideas. Am I ridiculous for wanting to pull this off, with being such a beginner at portrait work, or am I being smart about it? It won't cost much, and I think it would really help with portraits... Thoughts?