The Photography industry has grown tremendously over the years. If you have your cameras, computers, lights, and lenses, what’s next for you? Or you have been using your house as a studio, but it is becoming messy now. Either way, what you need to do now is to set up your first photography studio.
Setting up a photography studio is equally challenging as setting up an experiential studio. However, you don’t need to break a bank to set up a photography studio; you can also do it on a tight budget. In fact, if you already have your equipment, the initial cost of setting up the studio will be minimal.
Here are the essential factors that you should consider when setting up a photography studio.
The location of your studio is equally important. Find a place that is convenient for your clients. You should put into consideration the geography of the area as well. Most of the photography studios are located within the city centers so that clients don’t have to travel far for shoots.
Your studio should have enough parking space for your clients so that they don’t get worried on where to park their cars when they visit your studio. If you need a larger space, then you can consider having your studio out of town.
Studios come in different shapes and sizes. If you work in small-scale genres or you are a tabletop photographer, then you can use a smaller space so long as it has a window, a space for a table, and a space to fit your camera.
If work in large-scale projects, then you need a bigger space. So for this, you will need to do some calculations. For instance, the highest object, the widest object, and the way you would like to light. You can implement the inverse square law and throw in few percent extra to enable you to get around your modifiers.
You have to consider the total cost of setting up a studio. You should know how much you are willing to spend on rent comfortably. If you are starting from scratch like buying equipment, you should know the cost of each item and compare the prices from different dealers so that you can get the best item at a reasonable price.
A photograph studio cannot afford not to have facilities such as bathrooms, changing rooms, etc. If you are working with families or private customers, then you should ensure that you invest highly in a warm and inviting space. You should have nice bathrooms and spacious and well-lit changing rooms together with a comfortable waiting area.
You don’t have to start your photography journey with the most expensive equipment. For the camera, you can start with one that is not that expensive but delivers quality e.g. Canon 5D camera. Then with hard work and determination, you can improve the equipment gradually.
When it comes to access, you should ensure that you can get a full-sized paper roll inside the space. Your studio should be easily accessible. You should be able to get your equipment into the studio easily. If your studio is not situated on the ground floor, then ensure that the lifts or the staircases are functioning properly.