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Studio Size ... when starting out ...

9 Jan 2013 3:28AM
I am looking at a studio that is about 270 sqr feet in size for about 650/month that include heat and hydro ...

is this good for starting out?

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JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 10:44AM
can you use your 70-200 lens on a subject and still have background separation? how Long is the shooting length?

Costs would have to be answered by other Canadian's in similar cities to yours.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
9 Jan 2013 2:11PM
A skilled photographer can create stunning portraits in pretty well any space but it's easier when the studio is a reasonable size. I'd put the minimum length at 25 feet and width at 12 feet. Height should be 10 feet or more

What's more important is whether the studio is ground floor or up three flights of stairs and in what part of town. This will profoundly affect the rent and determine whether you intended customers will want to visit.
10 Jan 2013 4:56AM
I think for one of the locations it is like 12 x 24 and the other is 15 x 16 ...
10 Jan 2013 4:59AM
here is what has been offered to me at the moment - I have one location that is something like 12 x 24 for 650/month and a second location that is broken down like this - 2 offices for 600/month and the rooms are sizes of 15 x 16 anf 15 x 13 ...

So I am not sure if any of these will work ...
thewilliam 9 6.1k
10 Jan 2013 9:52AM
When starting as a full-timer, I worked from home. The studio was a 14 foot square bedroom and the selling was done in our sitting room.

It's possible to work from pretty well any space but the location will affect your business a lot more.
6 Jun 2013 7:58PM
for a studio these days shooting small families no more then 4 - what would be a great size for a studio??
marksilvester 14 34 11 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 10:45PM
That seems a lot to pay for such a small space. Mine is about 800 sq foot (www.ptpstudio.co.uk) I have an office / waiting area, model dressing room and a large studio all for under 500 p/m with Elec. there are pictures on the studio hire page. Its in a great location just off the main A12 about 2 miles from A14 on a bus route that runs every 15 minutes to town centre and Railway station and within a very short walk I have a large Tesco, Next at Home, KFC, M & S food store a Gym, bowling etc etc.

I also have loads of parking all free.
12 Jun 2013 4:06PM
Is it better to own your own space or to rent space monthly from someone else?

One way to look at it - if you had your own space you could rent it out to other people when you are not using the space to help pay for the space ...
riddell 13 80 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 10:49AM
As others ahve said a decent photographer can take photos in any space, but if I was laying down some money for a studio you'd need to consider flexibilty and the ability to take lots of different shots.

I'd want an absolute minimum of about 20' x 20'

12' is no way near wide enough for big groups or just to space the lighting out.

14 Jun 2013 3:20PM
So I would be looking at atleast 400 sqr feet if it works around 20 x 20?? I guess anything over 400 sqr feet is a bonus when starting out ...

I have found a few spaces that are about 1,000 sqr feet - the question I have about this sort of location these are store front / retail store locations. do I need the store front and pay the extra for it?

14 Jun 2013 4:44PM
Here is a spot that looks like it might have what I want - it is 16 x 100 - with storage in the basement - for 1300 a month.

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