How to find the right photographic studio space for you
This section is designed to help you find the right photographic studio space for you.
In order to make the most of the available studio space in your chosen location, you need to consider many different factors:
• Is the studio large enough for all the work you intend to undertake?
• Does it allow for the equipment you plan to use?
• Are there sufficient lighting and other facilities?
• Is there enough room to display the results you want?
• Are you able to get to the studio without having to go through crowded city streets?
• How does it feel to work in such a space?
• What do you think your working environment should be like?
• Do you feel that you are free to experiment and try out new ideas without being disturbed?
• Would you rather be alone or in a group?
• What is your budget?
• What sort of photography do you intend to do?
If you have the opportunity to visit other studios, how do they compare with each other?
The following questions may help you decide on what factors to consider before making any final decisions.
Think about how many portraits you want to take each month, and whether you want to work with a minimum number of images per session, or a maximum. If you do the latter, this may mean that your sessions will be longer and you might not be able to complete your job within the planned budget.
If your studio space does not allow for you to easily change your shooting position, consider where you want to be and what you want to shoot.
Consider the size of your existing equipment and how much additional equipment you will need. Are you likely to have to invest in expensive new equipment, such as a new camera, lenses, lights, a studio, or computer?
Your studio lighting should enable you to achieve the look you want for your portraits. You should also be able to change your lighting settings, from soft to hard, and have a range of light sources (from just one bulb to full-blown studio lighting rigs).
Do you need a computer? A large space to display your work? To experiment with new ideas?
How does the studio feel to you? Are there many distractions? Is there a lot of traffic noise? Can you hear the noise of people walking around outside? Does the studio allow you to relax, undisturbed, or is it busy and noisy?
How comfortable are the studio’s chairs? Is there a separate space for eating? Can you work quietly, in total silence, or is it impossible to do so?
Will the studio provide you with a budget to cover your costs for the equipment and materials you need? If you can’t afford to buy these, will the studio provide you with a loan?
Consider how much time you are prepared to spend there and whether you will be willing to pay an hourly rate for studio time.
Many photographers prefer to work alone. Others enjoy working with a group of people, whether it be to chat, share ideas and techniques, or get feedback. What sort of atmosphere do you prefer? Do you have a particular group of friends, family, or colleagues that you would like to work with regularly?