Setting up a living room

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lostinbids
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:10AM

I have just made a living room in my studio a thought the 'how I did it' video might be fun to view.  It is pretty cool what you can do with a few tools, some wood and paint (and a big prop shopping trip).


http://vimeo.com/29599110


I hope the quality is ok, I am not a videographer (this is my first one).  I am also hoping the inspectors like the results
jeangill
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:30AM
Wish you could teach my builders to work at that speed!Hope it works for you, Jo.
cmannphoto
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:07AM

Very cool, thanks for sharing. The end results look great.


Brings back a lot of memories of when I use to do that all the time.
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:32AM
Lot of work. That's why I like finding real locations
SilviaJansen
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:32AM
Yes, lots of work, i admire people who can do it.
I just recently failed when i tried to give a wooden board a a weathered look.
The pics look great. looks like it has been worth the effort.
dcdp
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:00PM
It's like watching Grand Designs in fast motion. Great work Jo.
cmannphoto
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:11PM
Posted By sjlocke:
Lot of work. That's why I like finding real locations smile


Yeah, it can be but if you work for a control freak it is easier to build a set then control someone house and the weather.


I like the modern fireplace, but if you want a more traditional fireplace you can always just mount a mantel surround to a flat wall, like we did here. On the far right, just a piece of black foamcore with a fireplace screen in the front.


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This is from a thread in the Photography Forum
SimplyCreativePhotography
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:46PM
Wow Jo and Charles. Incredible sets building. Made me tired just looking at them. I do feel better about Jo pulling away from me in the Push for Gold RC's. I simply haven't put that much work into it. Now, I guess I'll head back out to my garage and keep working on my studio cove. Finally got some long waited for supplies so no more excuses. 
stacey_newman
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Posted Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:11PM

I think this set is better than a real location actually. real locations are full of historical marks, imperfections and sometimes problematic elements that aren't easily moved, in which case you have to modify your shots to eliminate or incorporate them.


this set is meticulous, and the results are really beautiful. a testament to the work, energy and thought that goes into the shots we create. the photos you shot in the set look to me like someone's beautiful and cozy home. perfect stock but not artificial-looking. well done. I love the time-lapse shoot videos, good luck with your series!
sjlocke
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:24AM
I'll disagree. I like real locations because I don't feel I can adequately fill a fake area with enough real looking things to make it really feel ... real, at least for a cost (in money and time) that makes sense. For instance, most people don't just have wood floors that run into a wall with no molding around it. Whose fireplace is perfectly black inside? Actually, I don't have the room to do the building of anything in my space, or have real looking furniture to fill a room, and tiny shelf units just don't do it for me anymore.

I know it is all about showing and hiding what you want the viewer to see, but sometimes the viewer can sense what is going on, even with the best of compositions.
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:24AM
Thanks for sharing. Looks like a labor of love. I'm impressed.
CaroleGomez
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:49AM
Wow Jo! Thanks for sharing, that was a lot of work but the end result looks great. Did you edit out the bits where you spend ages walking around looking for the pencil/hammer/screwdriver you just put down? And the bits of wood that despite careful measuring got cut too short? These things can't be exclusive to the Gomez household ?

(Edited on 2011-09-27 05:52:35 by CaroleGomez)
kelvinjay
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:00AM
Looks impressive and looks like a lot of work. Next time, just find someone who actually needs their house decorating or remodelling. That way you get somewhere to shoot at the end of it and get paid a load of cash in hand for all the DIY and handyman work

Seriously though, the place looks nice, clean & bright. Very Agency.

(Edited on 2011-09-27 06:04:14 by kelvinjay)
cmannphoto
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:30AM
Sean, I understand what you are saying about filling the space. In my example almost all the furniture and nic nacs are rented from a local furniture store for a week. Remember this is from the ‘90s and for Rights Managed stock. The only thing that was the studios’ was the desk on the left and the props on top.

As I mentioned earlier the photographer I worked for was a control freak and wanted everything just so. We would have “discussions” about moldings and flooring that would never end up in any shots, but he wanted it just in case. There was more than once I would spend hours on details that would never show up in the shoots, but he was paying me so I did it anyway.

There is something to be said for “less is more” in Jo’s case. Compared to my example I think his set showed how keeping it simple and clean, you can get a lot of great shots. My example was to show how you can place a mantel surround on a flat wall to add some interest in the background as long as the mantel was not the focal point. You could not use my example for a Christmas shoot where the mantel was the focus or you needed a fire, but I am thinking on how I can come up with a way.
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:27AM
Posted By cmannphoto: Sean, I understand what you are saying about filling the space. In my example almost all the furniture and nic nacs are rented from a local furniture store for a week.


That was smart. Yeah, you have to make the call on where to spend your (time and money) dollars.

We put a built in bookshelf/entertainment center in our family room, which I have used as a backdrop for several things. It's not something I could easily/readily duplicate in studio.

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cmannphoto
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:34AM
^ Whenever you can remodel/built something in your own house that can be used for stock, it is a win win.
TheCrimsonMonkey
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:57AM
Great job Jo!  It was fun watching the video too. 
stacey_newman
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:33AM
Posted By sjlocke:

Posted By cmannphoto: Sean, I understand what you are saying about filling the space. In my example almost all the furniture and nic nacs are rented from a local furniture store for a week.



That was smart. Yeah, you have to make the call on where to spend your (time and money) dollars.

We put a built in bookshelf/entertainment center in our family room, which I have used as a backdrop for several things. It's not something I could easily/readily duplicate in studio.

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no one would argue about how real your images look, for sure. but I think there is a place for brighter and cleaner than real in stock images too. I would think that sometimes designer want something a bit surreal. I shoot a lot in my own home too rather than building sets. but I also admire the work of a number of contributors here who clearly use sets. and some of my betetr selling images are shot in sets.
sjlocke
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:14AM
I know - I've done the IKEA look at well. Requisite plant, check. Random sculpture bits, check, white furniture - check.

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stacey_newman
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Posted Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:40AM
lol, that about covers it!
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