Picking a studio is needless to say exceptionally important to the eventual success of one’s shoot. It is vital that wherever possible you should arrange to see the studio prior to booking. Always call the studio before your visit to test you can have access to view the studio(s).
You are able to tell a whole lot about a studio hire company by the way you’re greeted and treated. Were you offered refreshment whenever you arrived? Does the studio have printed material and a published rate card? Does it is apparently adequately staffed? Were the studio shed autonomous phones ringing? Achieved it look like a busy studio? Can you recognise any names of photographers who currently shoot at the studios? Enter the studio as soon as possible after your arrival. There’s little point in wasting time chatting with the studio manager or staff about your requirements if the studio works out to be unsuitable.
The very best time to actually see the studio depends on whether you is likely to be utilising the natural daylight afforded by the studio. It is going to be better if your visit is timed for when you anticipate to be shooting. In this manner you can view the studio at a time whenever you is going to be shooting in addition to the studio has by now done their job in looking after the clients shooting on the afternoon and can offer you their undivided attention. Ask the studio staff in regards to the natural light throughout the day. Does the studio have air-con? If the studio has a lot of natural light it will probably get pretty hot, ask how they cope with this.
If daylight is not a concern for the upcoming shoot then you have a larger latitude timing wise, to view. Try to obtain in at the start of the day. At the least you will dsicover how well the studio staff are organised plus you’re less probably be obstructed by a sealed set.
So you’ve registered your first impressions of the studio (and staff) and hopefully it’s looking good. The next step would be to explore the resources the studio provides and the prices. If you are the main one picking up the bill or your client, you will want to avoid any unpleasant surprises. In the end, when you have decided on this studio and your client was used to shooting elsewhere, you will want to be sure there is no cause for your client to feel you made the wrong choice. Find out what is contained in the studio price and what isn’t.
Regarding standard studio items and items you will need to have brought in. The question to ask the studio is what equipment do they have on the premises and which hire company do they use for hire equipment. Studios dislike hiring in equipment for a throw that they already own. From their standpoint this is lost income. However, studio hire companies with multiple studio facilities will hire their internally equipment on a fist come first serve. So if you reserve equipment prior to your shoot and then decide so long as want it on the afternoon you may well find you’re still charged a cancellation fee for the gear they may well experienced to hire set for another shoot when you had reserved their in-house items.