By Goran Prvulovic
As amazing as our cameras are, and even with all the equipment that we carry with us, there’s only so much that we can do to control the various aspects of our photos.
There comes a time in every photographer’s evolution that they will need to seek out a photography studio to help with their pictures, especially for younger photographers who aren't able to afford to get their indoor studio just yet. Your first time renting a studio is a tremendous learning experience, and it’s important to make sure that you’re properly prepared to get the most out of your session, and not end up wasting time and money because you didn’t do enough preparation on your end.
As such, here are three suggestions for making sure you get the most out of your rented studio session.
Study the Setup You Want Beforehand
Ideally, you should be going into your session with a certain idea of the types of pictures you want to take. Instead of just having a vague understanding of what you are looking for, a study in great detail the lighting, positioning, and other aspects of photo’s you’re trying to take.
Many photography magazines show you exactly where you need to place your lighting and equipment to duplicate the effects of their pictures. These “cheat sheets” allow even a beginner to be able to duplicate the effects of veteran photographers who have years of experience.
You need to go into a rental session with your homework done that way you already have an idea of how you want to make your pictures, and you and the owner of the studio can tweak the setup depending on the specifics on the equipment they have on hand.
Be Willing To Take Advice
A picture that looks amazing in a magazine despite how perfectly you try to duplicate the setup may just not work as well in one particular studio as opposed to another.
Especially for beginner photographers, be willing to take advice from the owner of the studio who is helping you can be extremely helpful! They will often have a better understanding of the equipment and setup even if they have never personally shot your specific setup.
They will bring a familiarity as well as a real-life practical experience of what does and doesn't work. You’re not just paying for the studio; you’re also getting access to an experienced photographer with years if not decades of experience as well!
Know Your Client Wants and Know Your Model
If you are just renting a studio and doing photo’s or your sake, whether to broaden your portfolio or experience, that's fine, but an added level of complexity comes when you're working for a particular client.
Knowing what they need, why they need it, and the intended impression they wish to give off is essential when it comes to planning your setup.
In my case, my client was a freelance writer wanting to get a professionally done portrait for his website and his online presence. That also meant that my model and client in this instance would be the same. After chatting with him, he wanted a professional looking picture, but that still gave off a friendly and approachable vibe.
Are your clients need wedding photos? Professional portraits? Graduation? Knowing the reason your client needs these photos is the lens from which you should look at everything.
Hopefully these tips gave some insights to take into consideration when you chose to rent a studio for the first time.
And most importantly,