Guide to Choosing Quality Photography Studios

Photography studios give photographers the freedom and flexibility to control various aspects of the shoot, including the background, lighting, equipment and even using additional help. Not all photographers have their own studios and choose to rent instead. Here are some factors to consider when looking for a photography studio.

Renting vs. Owning

Owning a studio offers photographers a ready area where they can hold the shoot. However, this entails additional cost for running and maintaining the studio. Photographers need to have a steady flow of customers to compensate for the running cost. Larger rental studios have backgrounds, lights and assistants available for other photographers to use for a price. This is good for students or photographers that do not have enough funds to own and run their own studio.

Ceiling-Based vs. Floor Based Equipment

Floor-based studios have their equipment on light stands and supports for the background. Supports for the equipment are lightweight, making them portable to carry around and outside the studio. Because of their weight and placement, they are easy to knock over. A rectangular rail system is used with ceiling-based supports. There is greater flexibility and stability of controlling equipment attached to these supports, eliminating the need to worry about knocking things over. However, the use of studios with ceiling supports comes with a larger price tag.

Lighting

The amount of light depends on the camera being used. Larger cameras with smaller apertures require more light to get enough depth of field. The subject’s size can also affect the amount of light needed for the shoot. Photographing a portrait requires less light than photographing a vehicle.

Background

Professional studios use seamless paper for their backgrounds. These come in rolls with widths measuring 53”, 107” or 140”. Rolls can be attached to rolling systems, although there are also rolls which can be taped to the wall.