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Travis Manley


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Photo Studio II: The Saga Continues

If you dont already know I am in the process of converting my garage into a photo studio/office. Here is a link to part #1 of this post http://twcdm.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-photo-studio.html

Here is the latest update.

In phase one we moved everything we could out of the garage and built a shed to store it in along with buying a canopy to park our car under.

Phase two was all about getting that garage door down and framing in the hole.


Here is the garage before we took the door down


I have pulled down all the trim around the door


Halfway done


A quick shot of the door, opener and rails off


The material for framing in the door and the new french doors


The opener and torsion spring


We got studs!


Speaking of studs, lol


My father in-law was a big help in getting this done


All done, just need paint


And were done!


Im really excited to have this part of the conversion done. So much of the work leading up to this point was just to get everything out of the garage and demo work. Its really nice to see the project coming together.

All this work was done by my father in-law and myself. I paid a professional to take down the torsion spring that helps open the door because I read it can be pretty dangerous. It took the guy about five minutes to release the tension in the spring and he said its really not too dangerous if you know what your doing. I figured $45 for the peace of mind of not having to stress out about ripping my hand off while taking it down myself was worth it.

I was surprised how easy it was to take the garage door down, It took my wife and I maybe twenty minutes.

Farming in the door opening, installing the french doors and putting up the siding was a pretty big project. It took most of the day to finish this project. My wife and I painted the day after.

We are going to install some exterior lights on either side of the french doors and eventually maybe a window on the left side of the doors.

This project has really been a great experience so far. It has been a lot of work, but it is very rewarding to sit back at the end of the day and think about how its all going to look when its finished.

If anyone out there is considering converting their garage into a studio, office, bedroom, bonus room, etc I highly recommend it. Remodeling your garage is probably one of the easiest most cost effective way of adding square feet to your home and increasing the value of your house.

I thought it might be interesting to keep a running total on the price of this project so far if anyone is curious.

8x8' Storage Shed = $650
10x20' Canopy for our car = $150
French doors = $400
Material for framing in the garage door and siding = $200
Torsion spring removal = $45

Total so far = $1,445

So the next few stages of this projects will be installing lights and electrical outlets, insulation, drywall, painting, staining the concrete floor, and baseboard and trim.

Keep checking in for updates.


Want to buy my old garage door?
http://olympic.craigslist.org/hsh/1167255341.html


Link to part #1 of this post http://twcdm.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-photo-studio.html
Link to part #3 of this post http://twcdm.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-photo-studio-iii-saga-concluded.html

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

POTD #22

Photo of the Day
Took this shot at an equipment rental shop while on a walk with my family.

The Breakdown:
This is another one of those shots where the light was really bright and contrasty. I got a few good stock shots with the sun at my back but, I thought it might be cool to flip around and put the sun right behind my subject for some backlighting and this is what I got.

After taking the photo I boosted the contrast and the blacks to get a good silhouette and then tweaked the color to get the sky the way I wanted.

Camera:
Canon EOS 5d
Exposure:
0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture:
f/20
Focal Length:
105 mm
ISO Speed:
100
Exposure Bias:
-1/3 EV

Here are links to some of the equipment I used to get this shot. If the equipment I used is no longer available I have listed either the newer version or a similar substitute. I no longer use some of the items on this list.

Photoshop CS4

Canon EOS 5d

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

B + W 77mm UV (Ultra Violet) Haze Multi Coated (2C) Glass Filter #010





My Photography Workflow:

I shoot in raw,
organize and review shots in Adobe Bridge,
process raw files in Adobe Camera Raw
and export as .jpeg if im done,

if I need to do more work in Photoshop I export as .tiff,
make final touches in Photoshop,
I add titles, descriptions and keywords in Bridge when im done editing.

Please feel free to leave comments or questions.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Great Photography Podcast!

Just finished listening to the first podcast at studiolighting.net, it is a few years old but there is still a lot of great info in there about setting up a home photo studio and also and interview with the great Paul Buff founder of White Lightning and Alien Bees lighting equipment.

The whole podcast is great, but if your not going to listen to the full hour I recommend fast forwarding to the last 20 minutes or so. Paul Buff goes into detail about what makes Alien Bees so awesome and some useful info about hot light (mainly how not useful they are).

Here is the link http://www.studiolighting.net/studio-photography-podcast-lightsource-episode-1/

Please feel free to leave comments or questions.

POTD #21

Photo of the Day
This is a shot of Mt Shuksan as seen from the Mt Baker Ski Lodge. This is the first shot after I got out of the car. My wife and I had planned on making the drive (a good three hours from where we were living north of Seattle) to do some hiking. It is a really nice drive out there, but it was a long one.

We had got an early start but by the time we were getting close to the trail head it was already noon. The road to get to the trail head was at the end of a road the split off from the main road. It was just a bumpy dirt road that followed the Nooksack River. We had to take it really slow because we were in my 2WD sedan and there was a lot of debris on the road from a storm from a few months before.

We drove for about half and hour (at least) only to come to a pile of fallen trees across the road. We could have parked, climbed over them and hiked to the trail head, but we were not sure how much further we had to go. We decided to turn back and drive to the Mt Baker ski lodge at the end of the main road and see if we found any promising trials.

We didnt find any trials and didnt do any hiking but, when we got to the end of the road I snapped this shot of Mt Shuksan. We walked around the ski lodge for a bit to strecth our legs and feeling a bit uncomfortable beeing the only people in the joint in jeans and hiking shoes. Talk about dirty looks!

We were bummed we didnt get to hike the trail we drove out to hike, but it was a really nice drive and I got this great photo.

The Breakdown: Nothing tricky here, just a standard landscape shot.


Camera:
Olympus E-500
Exposure:
0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture:
f/20
Focal Length:
34 mm
ISO Speed:
100
Exposure Bias:
0 EV

Here are links to some of the equipment I was using on Adorama.com (if the equipment I used is no longer available I have listed either the newer version or a similar substitute).

Olympus E-520 - Replacement for the E-500

Photoshop CS4

My Photography Workflow:

I shoot in raw,
organize and review shots in Adobe Bridge,
process raw files in Adobe Camera Raw and export as .jpeg if im done,
if I need to do more work in Photoshop I export as .tiff,
make final touches in Photoshop,
I add titles, descriptions and keywords in Bridge when im done editing.

Please feel free to leave comments or questions.