Search for studio hire in Canberra and you’ll find 4 studios (at least, this is what I found from a quick Google search). Whether you need to photograph a new product, take headshots for your company website, or you want to film a safety video for your employees, you will find a space that is right for you at one of these locations.
Top studio hire in Canberra
For large productions head to Lonsdale St. Studio located in Braddon or Lobbyxchange near the Canberra CBD, for portraiture go to Wilomark Imagery in Fyshwick, and for large space (big enough to drive a car into!) as well as photography, videography and audio recording, come see us at the Futuretheory Studio in Beard (opening in April 2021).
What to look for when hiring a studio
It can be challenging to know exactly what you need, so to help, here’s a list of what to consider when looking for a professional studio available for hire in Canberra:
Some spaces will have copious amounts of natural light – which is great if you’re after something bright and natural… and completely at the mercy of the weather. Natural lighting relies on the right amount of sunlight, clouds and time of day which means it’s completely out of your control.
Opt for artificial lighting for a professional finish; lightboxes, reflectors, spotlights and more. Artificial lighting can be manipulated to look like natural light or to be dramatically different from it. This gives you control over the outcome of your photos or videos.
Find a studio that is easy to access and is free from external distractions you’ll be unable to control. There are a couple of options close to the CBD but make sure to look towards Fyshwick, Beard and Queanbeyan too – these are quieter areas and only a short drive from most parts of the ACT.
While sound isn’t important for photography, it will be for videography or audio recording. Look for a studio with decent soundproofing or in a quiet area free from things such as traffic, lots of people or busy nearby businesses (cafes, restaurants etc.).
Professional audio equipment will also be important. A good studio should have equipment such as microphones, boom mics, microphone stands and equipment that can record, save and edit the audio appropriately.
Do you have cameras and audio equipment to use or will you need to use in-studio equipment? Your best option will be to choose a place with equipment available to hire. This will require far less logistic organisation as it’s likely the equipment will already be unpacked and set-up.
Often, studios are available per hour, so you don’t want to spend your time looking for parking. This is particularly the case in the CBD where parking can be scarce. Try a place with off-street parking or readily available on-street parking.
Additionally, if you’re bringing in equipment, props, wardrobe or anything else bulky, you want to be able to drive up to the studio entrance and unload easily.
Some studios are small and will only suit 1 person or a small group of people while others are large enough to fit vehicles, couches and other big props. Carefully consider how big the area you need is for the work you want to complete.
Backgrounds and backdrops
Most spaces will have some form of cyclorama (the seamless backdrop used for greenscreens and usually white backgrounds), however, they will vary in size. Choose a space with a cyclorama that suits your needs best – whether it’s simple headshots, large group photos, vehicle photography or other.
You should choose a space with decent facilities to get changed, check hair and makeup, clean up or wash off if needed, cater or eat, and fulfil any of the more niche requirements for your project.
Our hire starts at $50/hour and most places will set you back around $100-150/hour or more.
You’ll be paying more for larger spaces and spaces that have higher demand. Head further to the edges of the ACT and you’ll likely be paying a bit less than CBD locations. You’ll need to send through some enquiries to find out the pricing of each studio. You can contact us here to do that: https://futuretheory.com.au/contact/.