THE MAKESHIFT STUDIO


COMMIT AND IMPROVISE

Commit to something even if you're not 100% ready. Doing so makes you improvise and typically you'll produce something better than expected.  The following outlines how we created a photo shoot without typical studio equipment.

1. Backdrop - 10' x 15' scrap of GAF Thermoplastic Roofing Membrane.  This roof membrane worked great as it is smooth, durable, and two-toned (white/charcoal).  The charcoal side was too glossy so I used an interior latex paint by Pittsburg to change the color and finish. Lastly, aluminum termination bar sandwiched the sheet to keep it flat while creating a strong edge for hanging.

2. Lighting on a Budget -  LED Shop lights worked well enough to light April's face and the backdrop.  The photos turned out better than expected but lighting and color correction was needed.

3. Gear Ties and S-Hooks - These worked great for quick lighting changes.

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
CAMERA
Canon 5D Mark II
LENS Canon 40mm
FLASH Nissen Mark II Di866 Professional with Gary Fong Lightsphere

Check out the clothes April is wearing in our Women's Collection!

Makeshift

The Charcoal side before painting.