I have never used a studio before. But I have one in our new house! It is a large room with a big north facing window built by an artist 1950. We will use the room for different things, like playing music, sewing sails, Scalextric etc. But me and the kids really would like to use it as a photo studio as well.

I want to do portraits and maybe some still life with my 4x5 and 8x10. Shutterless lenses, so slow film, nd-filters and maybe some way to block out the light with curtains?

I would really like to get some inspiration on how to use and direct the light.

What about backgrounds? Are there some classic old texts I should read on the subject? Maybe I should even get some old furniture and props? I am tempted to also get an old studio camera.

I hope I put this in the correct forum.