Maximising space – A tour of our new not-huge studio

May 16, 2019

Iddo Genuth

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Maximising space – A tour of our new not-huge studio

May 16, 2019

Iddo Genuth

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We moved to our new studio a few months ago and we have been gradually building things as we go. This will be the first of several videos in this series where we will try and give a look at what we tried to accomplish with our studio.

Our new studio isn’t big, it is actually about the size of a mid size room (close to 40 square meters which is just over 400 square feet). It has quite low ceilings which isn’t ideal for photography in many respects but we tried to get the best out of it and it does have some advantages for what we have been doing as you will see later on.

How to make the most of a small Studio

Our studio serves two main purposes. The first is to give us a perfect place to shoot our videos for LensVid and the second is the main production location for our vegan food channel Veggiez.

The studio itself is divided into different areas corresponding to the different tasks that we perform for each channel. On the left is our main station for shooting our intro’s and concluding segments for LensVid. On the background, we have some of our gear including some products that we will be reviewing in the near future on a number of Ikea shelves. We also integrated some color strip LEDs in the back which we control remotely.

We typically stand behind a table with a camera, Sony A6500 at the moment (although this will likely change soon) pointed at us shooting our intros and outros. The way we build the setup for this station is similar to the general philosophy that we had for the entire studio.

Since we have a small space and the ceilings are low, instead of placing everything on the floor on tripods, lights stands and such we decided to hang everything we can up from the ceiling.

Using the ceiling to hang all of our gear (using 4040 aluminum profiles)

We used two long metal bars connected from one wall to the opposite one and fixed 4040 aluminum profiles in an extended grid to them. To these, we have added more profiles as needed and connected more or less every type of gear to them including microphones, monitors, lights, cameras and more. We will go into all of this in more depth on a later video but for the time being, we will explain how we used this method for the LensVid shooting station.

Just above where we stand we have a microphone (currently a Deity S-Mic-2 which we are in the process of testing) connected to a dbx 286 pre-amp with compressor and a gate which helps us eliminate some background noise. The dbx is connected to our Tascam DR-70D recorder with a remote for starting and stopping the recording (we also tried our MixPre 3 but we are so used to the DR70D that we keep coming back to it). There is also a backup mic – a Rode Video micro which we love, connected directly to our camera as well as a smallHD focus (first gen) monitor connected to our camera.

Our key light for this station is at the moment the Ledgo LG-D600 with a softbox which we reviewed in the past and the Manfrotto Lykos as back or hair light.

We recently started reducing our use of monitors and moved to a new system based on a mobile Kupo light stand (yes, this one is on the floor) with a large 4K monitor and a computer – we will cover this on a separate video, but we believe that it has a very big potential to improve our workflow but a lot of this will depend on software.

Behind our “LensVid main station” we have our editing station including our new editing computer where we also tested a lot of the computing-related accessories that we recently reviewed on the channel.

Over on the right, we have our storage location for most of our backgrounds and fabrics that we use. It is divided in the middle and has another place on the back for larger diffusers and reflectors. We actually built the whole thing from wood and it has wheels in case we want to move it.

Our DIY diffuser/reflector/background storage unit

Next, to it we have a similar wooden box that we built, also with wheels that has all our light stands and tripods (including some that we shall review here soon).

Close by we have an IKEA utility cart (called RÅSKOG) which we use to hold all of our clamps, tapes, RC2 quick releases and various other small accessories that are always handy.

Simple IKEA cart for all of our accessories

Moving on to the main shooting station next to our small kitchen is our large table which we designed ourselves together with a special storage drawer for an induction cooktop, lots of kitchen appliances, power, and even more backgrounds. It is extremely heavy and sits on the floor but if we need it has wheels which can lift it up and move it around the studio.

Above the table we have the main part of our aluminum profile rig which at the moment includes the Swit S2610 flexible LED with extra diffusion, a Godox SL-60W on a 9.solutions Ex-Sus pole (more on that in an upcoming review), a small USB fan for when we need to remove some steam when we shot food being cocked top down.

Our studio – a work in progress

alking about shooting top down, this is our current ongoing project and one which we are going to cover in a separate video soon (if all goes well) so we shall not discuss it too much here aside from saying that it should enable us to move the camera up/down and left to right easily.

As we mentioned this is a work in progress and we have plans to change and add a lot of things in the near future so expect updates. If you want more info on specific aspects of the studio – please let us know in the comments. More on all of this soon…

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Iddo Genuth is a photographer and an entrepreneur based in Tel Aviv Israel. He is the Editor of the Lensvid blog. you can see more of his work on his website. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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2 responses to “Maximising space – A tour of our new not-huge studio”

  1. Mezame Shashin-ka Avatar
    Mezame Shashin-ka

    Damnit. I wish my room is as big as this.

  2. Fernando Adrian Avatar
    Fernando Adrian

    30 seconds and I hate this guy’s voice, nice room btw, love the metal bars in the ceiling