Jeff and my dad have been working for the past week or so on the rolling walls for the studio and they are turning out so well! I wanted rolling walls for two reasons… First of all, the studio is a big, open space and I wanted to be able to divide the space and have a “back room” for shipping, storage, office space, etc. Second, I wanted to have walls I could use for photo backdrops, so I can experiment with different treatments, trim and colors. The guys built three walls for me. My dad hung drywall on one side of each of them and then Jeff did a couple different wood & trim treatments on the other side of two walls. I’m still thinking about what I want on the other side of the third wall, but I have plenty to work with now!
Here’s one of the walls Jeff finished last week…
Of course, I’m going to paint it, but I haven’t had the chance, yet. Jeff is also going to make me a “baseboard” that I can rest against a wall when I’m using it for a photo shoot. That way the gap won’t be visible. Here’s a better look at how the rolling wall works…
I’ll share more on the them later and, of course, show how we finish them.
My dad also make a sweet apron rack for me out of a piece of an antique bed and a couple of garden hoes.
It’s just a fun way to have aprons at the ready for workshops.
I moved my custom grain sack apron to the dress form.
And I also wanted to share my latest lens purchase. I sold my old d7000 and a few old lenses that I wasn’t using to buy a new FX lens and I’m so glad I did. I used the lens a lot when I did the photo shoot last week. I bought a used 35mm/f1.4 G FX lens. I buy most of my equipment used/like new or refurbished and have never had a problem with anything I’ve bought that way. It’s a great way to get nice equipment and save some money in the process. With the used deal I found, it ended up being almost an even trade for the equipment I sold.
I had a 35mm lens, but it wasn’t FX, so I haven’t used it since upgrading my camera body to the full-frame d800. I found I was really missing having a prime 35mm lens, which captures more in the frame than a 50mm, but isn’t as extreme as the 24mm.
I could hardly wait to snap a picture with it, so I popped it on my camera and took a couple of pictures of random things around the studio…
It’s a beautiful lens and I can’t wait to test it out even more.
Some photography tips are coming up in tomorrow’s post..