The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Mail guide to rentals and hire

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A shared pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy

Founded by Adam Custins in 1998, King­size Stu­dios is a rental stu­dio cen­tred around a shared pas­sion for art and imag­ing tech­nique. Lo­cated in Pon­sonby, the stu­dio is a func­tional and com­mu­nity-based fa­cil­ity, of­fer­ing stu­dio rental, equip­ment hire, con­sul­ta­tion, and education.

The stu­dios are buzzing with ac­tiv­ity seven days a week, ac­com­mo­dat­ing ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns, TV com­mer­cials, and cat­a­logue shoots, along­side in­di­vid­ual artis­tic projects. The fully equipped stu­dios are func­tional cre­ative work spa­ces, and each of­fers unique fea­tures. Stu­dio Three sees many food shoots us­ing its full kitchen, bath­room, and make-up green room, while Stu­dio One — the most pop­u­lar space — takes up most of the ground floor, with drive-in ac­cess, a motorized light­ing grid, seven-me­tre–wide cy­clo­rama, sep­a­rate client area, make-up green room, kitchen, and bath­room: per­fect for ac­com­mo­dat­ing large pro­duc­tions. Stu­dio Four is ideal for still-life, por­trait, and fash­ion shoots, due to its large sky­light of­fer­ing a unique at­mos­phere, or, al­ter­na­tively, the space can be to­tally blacked out. Fi­nally, King­size of­fers a unique Gar­den Stu­dio: an out­door-shoot­ing stage pur­pose-built for a nat­u­ral-light ex­pe­ri­ence.

With the im­por­tance of in­di­vid­ual projects in mind, King­size Stu­dios of­fers Per­sonal De­vel­op­ment pack­ages, which al­low pho­tog­ra­phers to book stu­dio spa­ces and equip­ment for non- com­mer­cial pur­poses at an af­ford­able rate. Th­ese pack­ages are de­signed to help cre­atives evolve their tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, build port­fo­lios, and help with per­sonal projects — with­out the bur­den of ex­pen­sive stu­dio costs.

The staff mem­bers at King­size have gained a rep­u­ta­tion for shar­ing their tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, with one-to- one con­sul­ta­tions, in­ten­sive cour­ses, and spe­cial­ity work­shops, such as their Sum­mer School pro­gramme led by top pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers. Plus, they have an ex­pert team at the ready to help — it’s not all that un­com­mon for pho­tog­ra­phers to call by the stu­dios to dis­cuss an up­com­ing shoot or how best to ap­proach a brief. King­size’s ded­i­ca­tion to grow­ing with its com­mu­nity ex­tends to its an­nual schol­ar­ship pro­gramme. The in­ten­sive 12-week course has taught more than 50 emerg­ing pho­tog­ra­phers and im­age-mak­ers through­out the past three years. Schol­ar­ship stu­dents are se­lected from dozens of en­trants each year, judged not only by the strength of their port­fo­lios but also by their long-term am­bi­tions. The pro­gramme is free to at­tend and is funded by King­size. For those look­ing for more ca­sual education, King­size of­fers paid night classes and week­end work­shops.

The stu­dio houses a large rental in­ven­tory of spe­cial­ist stills and video cam­era equip­ment, as well as light­ing and grip equip­ment, of­ten ship­ping around the coun­try or over­seas. With favourites such as Bron­color light­ing equip­ment and the full range of Canon SLR cam­eras and lenses, as well as con­stant light­ing, grip, and other ac­ces­sories, King­size has just about ev­ery­thing a sin­gle shoot might re­quire. King­size also of­fers one of the largest in­ven­to­ries of Canon C300 MkII 4K cinema cam­eras and sup­port­ing equip­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on education and stu­dio and equip­ment hire, go to king­size.co.nz, or call 09 378 1027.

Shoot­ing your way

Owned and op­er­ated by Charles How­ells, one of New Zealand’s top fash­ion and ad­ver­tis­ing pho­tog­ra­phers, White Stu­dios un­der­stands the im­por­tance of qual­ity equip­ment and pris­tine spa­ces in bring­ing cre­ative ideas to life.

Just five min­utes from the Auck­land CBD, White Stu­dios is con­ve­niently lo­cated in Grafton, and is the largest stu­dio rental fa­cil­ity within the coun­try.

Ideal for stills, film, events and prod­uct launches, each of the four cus­tom-built stu­dios on of­fer are bright and spa­cious, with mod­ern in­te­ri­ors. All the stu­dios have both nat­u­ral light and blackout op­tions, lend­ing to their ver­sa­til­ity. Plus each houses its own kitchen fa­cil­i­ties, seat­ing, and styling ar­eas, en­sur­ing jobs of any size can find a pro­fes­sional and com­fort­able home. Stu­dio One is the largest of the spa­ces on of­fer, ac­ces­si­ble for ve­hi­cle shoots, and large enough for big sets — and for this rea­son it is a pop­u­lar choice for TV shoots. Stu­dio Two, the most pop­u­lar — and Charles’ per­sonal favourite — is a min­i­mal­ist space that’s ideal for larger pho­to­graphic set-ups. Stu­dio Three is the small­est, and is a great op­tion for the likes of prod­uct shoots and look­books, and fi­nally, Stu­dio Four is a char­ac­ter space that’s ideal for a wide range of shoots and events, with wooden rafters and large win­dows.

While White Stu­dios is very large and well stocked, it’s far from in­tim­i­dat­ing — be­ing run with an ex­tremely friendly and ser­vice­ori­ented out­look. A huge ar­ray of rental gear at the ready means that the stu­dio is an ideal place for pho­tog­ra­phers to ex­per­i­ment with new equip­ment and tech­niques, which the staff are al­ways will­ing to as­sist with. White Stu­dios’ ethos is cen­tred around work­ing with peo­ple — mean­ing that if some­one is strug­gling they of­fer a hand, whether that be some ad­vice on how best to light a sub­ject, or a deal on some gear for a spe­cial job.

While own­ing the base of your kit that’s used ev­ery day makes sense, rent­ing ev­ery­thing else is work­ing smarter. And with this in mind, White Stu­dios of­fers over 2500 items in stock at any one time, with an ex­ten­sive rental list of pho­to­graphic and video equip­ment that can be shipped through­out New Zealand. Sup­ply­ing ev­ery­one from bud­ding en­thu­si­asts to sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als, White Stu­dios of­fers cam­eras, lenses, flash and con­tin­u­ous light­ning, as well as a large range of grip equip­ment. Key favourites in­clude Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Phase One and Leaf medium-for­mat sys­tems, as well as Ari, Bron­color, and Pro­foto light­ing packs — White Stu­dios is the coun­try’s ex­clu­sive dealer for the lat­ter. It has just about ev­ery­thing one could need for a shoot, how­ever, if it doesn’t have it in stock, its staff will do their best to source the equip­ment. It’s clear White Stu­dios prides it­self on not only the stu­dio’s ex­haus­tive range of pho­to­graphic equip­ment, but also on its abil­ity to re­li­ably pro­vide the cor­rect gear, where and when it’s needed.

For more in­for­ma­tion on stu­dio and equip­ment hire, go to whites­tu­dios.co.nz, or con­tact 09 358 0771.

Stu­dio in par­adise

Lo­cated within the Christchur­ch CBD, Light­workx stu­dio is the per­fect base for any shoot — only a short drive away from lo­ca­tions that boast some of the most stun­ning scenery that New Zealand has to of­fer.

Light­workx stu­dio is an ideal space for medium-sized pho­to­graphic and video pro­duc­tion, with kitchen and work­shop fa­cil­i­ties at hand. As a ver­sa­tile fa­cil­ity de­signed with au­to­mo­tive pho­tog­ra­phy in mind, the stu­dio is equipped with an ‘eggshell’ cy­clo­rama. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of post-earth­quake re­pairs, the stu­dio has been ex­ten­sively re­fur­bished with ma­jor sound­proof­ing, as well as in­te­rior sound dead­en­ing plus a newly in­stalled, heigh­tad­justable over­head light­ing truss sys­tem.

Not ev­ery pro­ject re­quires a full stu­dio, and the stu­dio’s Light­workxRen­tals depart­ment fea­tures a Shoot-It-Your­self prod­uct ta­ble that is a pop­u­lar and af­ford­able op­tion. With four Bron­color heads mounted on a beau­ti­fully back­lit seam­less per­spex sur­face, it’s al­most a minia­ture stu­dio in its own right. Per­ma­nently rigged and ready to go, it of­fers ac­cu­rate and con­sis­tent colour for still-life and prod­uct pho­tog­ra­phy.

Cater­ing to both in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion crews and New Zealand–based pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers alike, Light­workxRen­tals also of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of rental equip­ment, in­clud­ing the lat­est Canon lenses and bod­ies and the al­ways-pop­u­lar Bron­color stu­dio and lo­ca­tion light­ing kits. Plus, Light­workx ships equip­ment through­out the South Is­land for both in­di­vid­ual projects and large-scale pro­duc­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Light­workx stu­dio and equip­ment for hire, go to light­workxren­tals.co.nz, or call 03 377 5080.

Where func­tion­al­ity and cre­ativ­ity meet

As a mid-sized and cus­tom-built stu­dio, Smith Stu­dios is de­signed to ser­vice most pho­to­graphic needs — from in­di­vid­ual artis­tic projects to com­mer­cial cam­paigns. Si­t­u­ated be­tween Eden Park and Kings­land in cen­tral Auck­land, Smith Stu­dios’ con­ve­nient in­ner-city lo­ca­tion al­lows for easy ac­cess, with spa­ces avail­able for hire by the half or full day, with plenty of off-street park­ing avail­able. With ur­ban in­te­rior de­sign­ing through­out the floor, a makeup and stylist area, and a ded­i­cated meet­ing room, the stu­dio is truly a cre­ative space.

Smith Stu­dios is run by com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­pher Robin Smith, and his many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing with both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands means that he can of­fer a wealth of tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and a keen cre­ative en­ergy to any pro­ject. Uti­liz­ing his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, Smith Stu­dios of­fers a tailored ser­vice on a need-be ba­sis, which in­cludes both plan­ning and stu­dio set-up — as­sist­ing clients to bring an ini­tial con­cept to an im­age man­i­fest.

With an in­fin­ity cove six-me­tres wide, three­me­tres high, and three-me­tres deep; a sky­light for day­light shoots; and blackout cur­tains all around for video and flash light­ing, the stu­dio space is ideal for video, fash­ion, and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy. In ad­di­tion, the pho­tog­ra­phy ta­ble of­fers the abil­ity to cap­ture con­sis­tently lit prod­uct shots, and, if you’ve got a large crew, Smith Stu­dios has the op­tion to shoot teth­ered to a colour-cal­i­brated 4K 31-inch mon­i­tor, al­low­ing your whole team to view the im­ages while shoot­ing is still in progress. The stu­dio is avail­able for dry hire or with the use of equip­ment on re­quest — in­clud­ing the full set of Pro­foto D1 pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio light­ing and a wide range of Canon DSLR cam­era lenses and ac­ces­sories.

For more in­for­ma­tion on stu­dio hire, head to smith­stu­dios.co.nz, or call Robin on 021 448 508 to talk im­age cre­ation.

Bring­ing your cre­ative art to life

Whether for artis­tic pur­suit or com­mer­i­cal use, Pho­to­hire’s am­ple space of­fers a blank can­vas for your cre­ativ­ity. Based out of FlashDog Stu­dios in Welling­ton, Pho­to­hire’s Stu­dio One mea­sures 12x9 me­tres and of­fers a two-sided cy­clo­rama for large-scale sub­jects and has wall and ceil­ing sound­proof­ing for clear video record­ing. As a ready-to-shoot pho­to­graphic stu­dio, Pho­to­hire of­fers a wide range of Bron­color flash equip­ment and adapters, plus a range of tripods, stands, grip equip­ment, and back­ground pa­pers.

If your shoot is on-lo­ca­tion, Pho­to­hire also pro­vides an ex­ten­sive list of pho­to­graphic and video-record­ing equip­ment for hire — in­clud­ing Canon dig­i­tal cam­eras and lenses, Phase One P45 Con­tax sys­tem, Re­drock DSLR kits, Za­cuto EVF, and Axis360 mo­tion- con­trolled slid­ers. Plus, if you’re look­ing to broaden your scope by uti­liz­ing an un­fa­mil­iar piece of equip­ment or pro­gram, the staff will be happy to or­ga­nize a tu­to­rial with a mem­ber of their ex­pe­ri­enced team.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Pho­to­hire’s equip­ment on of­fer, and to book, head on­line to pho­to­hire.co.nz, or give the team a call on 04 939 2551.

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