Monday, 25 June 2012

What to Look for When Choosing Photo Studio to Hire

Are you looking for a Photo Studio to Hire for a model or family photo shoot? Do you want to improve your studio photography using professional lighting and backgrounds? What are the important things that you should check when hiring a UK photo studio? These are tips for choosing a photography studio to hire for a photo shoot

Maidstone Kent photography studio hire
Maidstone Kent photography studio hire

The key items that I think are important when choosing a Uk Modelling photo studio to hire for a shoot are:

Studio Lighting and backgrounds included in the hire fee

Ideally you need at least 3 studio lights to be included, preferably at least 4 to give you flexibility. Vinyl material is the most robust for using as the background but some studios use paper Colorama rolls which wear out more quickly and generally are subject to additional charges. You really need to have a variety of studio flash head light modifiers available to use as well. Being restricted to a softbox or brolly will limit the creative options that you can do. Items such as beauty dishes, snoots and reflectors are all good to have available.

Separate changing area and toilet facilities available

Changing area is important if you have a family shoot or modelling shoot and outfit changes are required. It isn't practical to use a car to change or to leave the room in order for a change of outfits.


Ideally you want plenty of free parking very close by so that it is easy for anyone attending the shoot to park with their gear nearby. For some smokee shoots this may involve a makeup artist, hair stylist, model(s) and photographer so limited parking quickly becomes a problem and lugging large items of kit isn't a great idea.

What to look for when choosing a photo studio to hire

Waiting area and Tea/Coffee facilities

If you have several shoots in a day then having space for different clients to be able to wait if they arrive early is a good idea. Often it is difficult to judge timings when travelling some distance so it is useful to have somewhere to wait until the shoot time. Tea and coffee making facilities are handy if you are at the studio for some time and need to take a break. Find out about UK Modelling

Props and different backgrounds

To give some variety it is useful to have different props available at the studio which saves bringing them with you every time. Backgrounds such as brick wall effect or wallpaper give more variation that the standard white vinyl look.

Maidstone photo studio hire - waiting area
Maidstone photo studio hire - waiting area
If you are looking for photography studio hire in Maidstone Kent then this is worth looking at and has all the features mentioned above.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Revolting Children from Matilda - Performed by Stage Theatre Society - Video shot on Canon 5DII

Revolting Children from Matilda - Performed by Stage Theatre Society - Video shot on Canon 5DII Part of the Kids Take over show

STS Kids Take Over - the show entirely planned, produced and performed by the Kids of Stage Theatre Society. This is Revolting Children from the musical Matilda

Friday, 8 June 2012

Canon 650D Camera Announced - Review of New Features

Canon have today announced the new Canon 650D camera which will be known as the Rebel T4i in the USA. This is a review of the new features of the camera compared to the previous model Canon 600D.
Review of new features of Canon 650D
Canon 650D announcement
The Canon 650D is based on the Canon 600D but has a new touch screen allowing access to functions of the camera. The key features of the Canon 650D are:

  • 3" vari-angle screen with new Touch screen feature
  • Improved autofocus in video mode
  • Faster frame rate of 5fps
  • Canon Digic5 processor for faster performance

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Sunpak AutoZoom 3000 Instruction Manual

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Sunpak AutoZoom 3000 Thyristor Instruction Owners Manual
Sunpak AutoZoom 3000 Thyristor Instruction Owners Manual

Friday, 1 June 2012

Copyright - Beware Unauthorised Use of Your Images

Bath UK photographer Emma Delves Broughton has won a case at the Patents County Court in London against online latex fashion retailer House of Harlot for use of one of her images dating from 2005 on their website without permission.

Emma had approached the retailer to negotiate a settlement prior to taking legal action but House of Harlot refused to even discuss the matter. Emma had asked for £3600 to cover the standard NUJ usage rates but House of Harlot had insisted they wouldn't pay a penny.

The judge found in Emma Delves Brougton's favour and awarded her £2123 plus interest (if it's at 0.5% base rate it won't make her rich!)

The case shows the importance of any company using images to ensure that they have the appropriate permissions to use them. Invariably the photographer is the only person who can grant permission; a model does not normally have any rights to allow others to use the photos of them. Our pictures have been used by magazines in the past and they have settled without the need for legal action to be considered.