Selecting a studio is needless to say exceptionally very important to the eventual success of one’s shoot. It is critical that whenever possible you must arrange to see the studio just before booking. Always call the studio before your visit to check on you can have access to view the studio(s).
You are able to tell a lot about a facility hire company by the way you are greeted and treated. Were you offered refreshment once you arrived? Does the studio have printed material and a printed rate card? Does it appears to be adequately staffed? Were the phones ringing? StudioPod autonomous Made it happen appear to be an active studio? Would you recognise any names of photographers who currently shoot at the studios? Enter into the studio when possible after your arrival. There’s little point in wasting time chatting with the studio manager or staff about your requirements if the studio turns out to be unsuitable.
The best time to really see the studio depends on whether you will undoubtedly be utilising the natural daylight afforded by the studio. It is going to be better if your visit is timed for when you expect to be shooting. This way you’re able to view the studio at a time once you is going to be shooting in addition to the studio has by now done their job in looking following the clients shooting on the afternoon and can offer you their undivided attention. Ask the studio staff in regards to the natural light during the day. Does the studio have air con? If the studio has a lot of natural light it will most likely get pretty hot, ask how they cope with this.
If daylight isn’t a thought for the upcoming shoot then you have a larger latitude timing wise, to view. Try to obtain in in the beginning of the day. At least you will dsicover how well the studio staff are organised plus you are less probably be obstructed by a closed set.
So you have registered your first impressions of the studio (and staff) and hopefully it’s looking good. The next phase is to explore the resources the studio provides and the prices. If you are the main one picking up the bill or your client, you may wish to avoid any unpleasant surprises. In the end, when you have decided with this studio and your client was used to shooting elsewhere, you may wish to be sure there’s no reason 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 should have brought in. The question to ask the studio is what equipment do they’ve 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. If you reserve equipment just before your shoot and then decide you no longer require it on the afternoon you may well find you are still charged a cancellation fee for the equipment they could well have experienced to hire set for another shoot since you had reserved their in-house items.