Studio celling color

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  1. Nwcid

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    I have been modifying my shop into a studio over the last year.

    Basically I have a 20'x20' area that I am using for my main shooting area. I have a few different back drops, both canvas (20'x10' showing in pic) and seamless that I can use.

    My celling is 9.5'. With my current set up should I be concerned with the celling color? If so should I paint it some shade of white or grey?

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    I would take a few test shots (differing lighting set ups) and see if you are getting any colour cast in any of the images.
    If you aren't getting any then I'd leave it as is. If you do notice a bit of colour then it would be time to paint it.
    If you paint it I would go the same colour as the walls. This will provide a similar colour and amount of reflected light as the walls which makes using bounce lighting easier.
     
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    I don't feel like I am getting any cast, or if I am, I do not see it.

    So far in this space all of my lighting has been direct, or at least not bounced off of any native surface in the shop.

    Here are 2 examples from one of my last shoots in there, on 2 different backgrounds. Is there cast I am not seeing?
     

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    Use a color checker passport for each light set up. Looks like you are shooting tethered. Adjust the first image in Lightroom then apply the changes as images come in. Don't worry about the ceiling color. You might consider a light stand for your main so you can get the octa right up against the ceiling.
     
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    One bay of my garage pulls double duty, just my preference but I prefer not having any odd colors, or reflective surfaces when the studio lights are set up. The walls and ceiling are medium gray.

    Quick comment on the two examples you posted, when I click on these the hands in both appear humongous in comparison to the rest of the body. Did you do something post on these or is my computer playing mind games with me again????
     
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    I do have a passport, but I have not had the opportunity to really learn how to use it yet.

    I do have several light stands/booms. For the location of what I was shooting that day the light is actually quite far from the subject. I would have liked to have it lower, but I did not have that option at the time, I do now.
     
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    Makes sense overall. I don't think I am going to make it a high priority since so far I have not used bounce light in this space.

    I had not looked at the images on here other then briefly when I posted them. When I view the in LR they look right, however when I view them on here you are correct about aspect. I am assuming it has something to do with the compression I used to fit this site.
     
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    At least I know my eyesight isn't failing me. LOL Strange though as I havent seen this happen before. Looking at them again the distortion doesn't seem to be equal across the image.
     
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    That's why I would not be concerned about the ceiling. If your lights typically illuminate the entire space, then maybe the color of the ceiling would come into play (plus the walls and anything else in there), but if you keep your lights under control, you can ignore the ceiling color.

    If someday you want to bounce off the ceiling, then maybe white medium gloss.
     
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    Can't help you with the ceiling. But I have to compliment you on how neat the place looks.
     
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    To me, studio work is about being able to control the light.
    • I would go with DARK grey for the ceiling.
    • I would install curtains on the sides to eliminate light bounce from stuff on the sides of the garage.
    • I would also use a DARK grey floor color, if you can. Again to reduce light reflection from the floor.
    Then ALL your lighting is from your lights, and no issues with unwanted reflection from the ceiling, floor or walls.

    NICE setup :thumbyo:
     
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    This ^^^^^^^^^
     

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