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Mon, Dec. 30th, 2013, 11:45 pm
Studio or another indoor space for photos in Minneapolis

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

I am looking for a space that I could use for portrait, gun poster and figure work this coming Saturday, January 3, near Hopkins, Edina or Minneapolis. Does anyone have suggestions or leads? Outdoors is just too cold this time of year.

Sat, Jun. 8th, 2013, 12:22 pm
Studio space needed near Hermitage (East of Nashville)

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

(Reposting: had no replies at all when I inquired in April)

My home studio works great for product photography and portraits, but it’s too small for groups of people. The dome ceiling limits where I can place lights, and the overall length makes separating foreground lighting from the background difficult. So I am looking for studio space.

It doesn’t have to be a real studio, just a room at least 6 yards by 5 or larger, with the ceiling no less than 9ft high, preferably higher. I won’t have to apply any permanent modifications, the backdrop would be two stands with a roll of seamless paper. Ideally, the walls would be either a neutral tone, white, black or gray. Does need to have electrical power outlets. It also needs to have some climate control to be usable year round. And it has to be somewhere near Hermitage. An unused commercial storefront or a warehouse would work well.

Any leads, suggestions or advice on this would be appreciated. Full time access would be preferred, but I can also deal with bringing lights and stands with me and setting up fresh every time as needed.

Fri, Dec. 28th, 2012, 03:29 pm
Camera equipment for sale, updated Dec.28

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

I am streamlining my camera and lens line-up and upgrading lenses. Old gear has to go. Prices do not include shipping.

Canon 10D body $225 (comes with charger, spare battery, 4GB memory card) – good starter camera for a kid or a student. (sold)

Canon 35-70/3.5-4.5 lens $65 (sold)

Canon 50/1.8 II   $85 (sold)

Canon 100/2.8 macro (the original with better manual focus) $385 (sold)

Canon 300/4 IS lens $845

Canon 200/2.8 lens $575

Panasonic LX3 camera (with 4 batteries, 8GB card) $195

Canon 420EX flash $175

Canon SD950 IS (with two batteries, 4GB card) $95 (sold)

Sun, Jun. 19th, 2011, 12:57 pm
Other people’s photo shoots

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

I sat in a corner and took snapshots while Rebecca photographed Pamela. Since the photos were taken over several hours, the photographer’s own outfit changed (first to go out in public to lunch, then back for more comfort)

Rebecca prefers her cell phone to dedicated cameras. You can see her photos on Flickr.

I don’t do snapshots often but this was amusing. You can also view these images larger on Rebecca and Pamela page.

Sun, Dec. 5th, 2010, 02:33 pm
Good thing I am not using film!

Just checked my 5Dmk2 camera body counter: 55,600 pictures taken since I got it about a year and a half ago -- and I don't even do much action photography! That's equivalent of over 1500 36exp. rolls of film. Assuming (minimal) film cost of $6/roll and another $10 to develop and proof, that's $24,000 in direct cost -- plus the time to develop, scan and archive. Archiving and backing up digital images is a lot easier.