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11/20/2005 11:05:43 AM · #1
I have a lead on a great space that I will be able to afford on my own BUT was thinking... Hmmmmm what if I could get my rent covered so that I was shooting in the black right from the start?

I figure there has to be other local hobbiest/semi-pro photographers who are in the same situation as myself...outgrown shooting at home but canít necessarily afford to get dedicated studio space.

Would you or have you leased out your space for shoots? If so, how did it go and what are the pitfalls?

TIA, Mel
11/20/2005 11:11:51 AM · #2
I think renting out your studio is a good idea. Currently I rent my studio from another photographer. I guess one thing to worry about is if the people you rent it to would become competition, but really we all have such different styles it should not matter. As well your renters may be providing photos to a different market as you. As well you can always set rent so that there isn't a big discrepancy between the cost of photos you provide and the cost of photos that your renters provide.
11/20/2005 11:11:52 AM · #3
I know they rent space in TO for $25-$150/h depending on what you what in there etc. and if'll you need a bed. I'm not quite sure about the bed but I was told it was for XXX movies etc.
11/20/2005 11:20:13 AM · #4
yeah, renting out a studio i think could be a good idea. If i ever get my own studio, i think i would for sure do this if there was days i wasn't using it. I am currently renting a studio from a 'studio collective'... 4 people who share a studio with lights and such.
11/20/2005 12:32:30 PM · #5
We used to do it. It's pretty common actually. There are a couple of downsides, mostly with regards to the renters having less concern for the space and equipment than you do. You'll need a place where you can securely lock up everything that the renters aren't entitled to use or might steal, definitely. One problem arises if you provide lighting with the studio; studio strobes are finicky beasts and easily blown up if they are abused.

About the only way to do it with 100% peace of mind is to have yourself (or your trusted representative) on-site whenever the studio is being used, and that's a PITA.

When we rented our space, we charged a flat fee-on-time for use of the space, and charged extra for use of any of our gear, including cameras, lights, and darkrooms. If they were using the space only, we locked everything else in the storage room and just turned them loose without supervision. If they used our gear, one of us was there for the shoot.

11/25/2005 05:23:48 AM · #6
I would do it. For example, I don't shoot studio portraits often but sometimes I do and it makes on sense to rent a studio just to use it sporadically so being able to use one every now and then and pay just for that would be great.

11/25/2005 06:39:21 AM · #7
I think Bear's reply pretty much reflects the norm here as well.

I've rented an 'empty' studio a couple of times, and once rented a space with lights and a rep from the studio was there while we shot.

As a renter it's a good way to get studio experience or access before taking an expensive plunge, and as a studio owner it must make economic sense to get some income from your floor space while you're not using it.

Cheers, Me.
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