Studios come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with varying amounts of equipment.
The size and level of equipment combined with location and additional services, such as internet, bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and so on, will determine the studio’s rental price. As a starting photographer finding your first studio rental can be a daunting task. Remember to be realistic: if it’s your first shoot, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a large studio that offers anything more than a blank space, a backdrop, and a basic level of equipment.
Research your options
- Decide what you need: How big a space do you require? What level of equipment do you need? What sort of facilities will you need? Is accessibility an issue?
- Look at online reviews: Without any previous experience, consumer reviews are the best way of figuring out if the studio is right for you. Websites such as YELP review services in detail and can help you make a decision.
- Read reviews from other photographers: Many photographers share their experiences from studios they love. If there are photographers that you know or you admire, then there’s no harm in asking for their recommendations.
- Don’t be afraid to ask if you can look around: Studios want your business, so ask if it would be possible to visit them.
Renting photo equipment
Renting photography equipment is a cost- effective way of using professional lights, cameras, lenses, or other equipment for a one-off project or photoshoot. Many photographers rent equipment simply because they can’t justify the cost of owning it outright. For example, buying a medium-format camera with a digital back would be pointless if you’re only going to use it once a month.
One disadvantage of renting is that most companies require a deposit (usually equivalent to the cost of the equipment) before renting and/or a credit check.
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