Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve tried to keep the process of hiring Portland Works Studio as simple, transparent and cost effective as possible.

If you’re looking to hire a photographic studio for the very first time and simply don’t know what to expect, or you’re a seasoned professional who needs to know specific details about the available kit, we are always on hand to help shed light on your questions either by phone or by email via our contact page.

Below are answers to questions we’ve been asked a few times. If you can’t find the answer you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s the minimum hire period?
How long are the hire periods?
Do I need to pay in advance?
Is the studio available at weekends and evenings?
Do you have disabled access?
Do I need to bring my own camera?
What equipment is available?
Are lights included in the price?
If I don’t need the lights is it cheaper?
Do you have coloured backgrounds?
Can you show me how things work?
Are drinks available?
What about parking?
What about insurance and public liability?
What’s the minimum hire period?

Portland Works Studio’s minimum hire period is half a day.

How long are the hire periods?

A half day is approximately 4 hours and a full day is approximately 8 hours. But we’re not clock watchers so (within reason) you can relax a little if time is getting tight towards the end of your shoot. We are flexible and we’ll do all we can to accommodate you.

Do I need to pay in advance?

Yes. Payment in advance secures your booking and allows us to plan our diary efficiently to keep the hire price low.

Is the studio available at weekends and evenings?

Yes. Evenings, Saturdays and Sundays are charged in exactly the same way as weekdays. There are no set start times but we like to split the day into morning, afternoon and evening where possible.

Do you have disabled access?

No. While the studio premises is on the ground floor we do have three steps to each entrance.

Do I need to bring my own camera?

Yes. We have everything you need to make high quality studio photographs but you will need to bring your own camera. If you’re not certain it will be suitable please get in touch and we can let you know.

What equipment is available?

We’ve listed most of the equipment here.

Are lights included in the price?
Yes. If you need them, you’ll have the use of four high-end digital studio flash heads and a large selection of light shaping tools, reflectors, etc. All you need to bring is a suitable camera.
If I don’t need the lights is it cheaper?

No. The lights are part of the package that we offer to help younger or student photographers get great results with quality equipment. You don’t have to use them, but it doesn’t alter the studio hire price either way.

Do you have coloured backgrounds?
Yes. We have a selection of coloured backgrounds. The backgrounds are free to use unless you mark or damage them, in which case they’re charged at £10 per linear meter.
Can you show me how things work?
Yes. We’re happy to give you all the help you need to get up to speed with the equipment. Once you’re comfortable (and we’re comfortable with you) we’ll leave you to get on at your own pace.
Are drinks available?
Yes. There is always tea, coffee and quality Sheffield tap water available in the kitchen. But we do ask that any drinks and food are consumed in the kitchen well away from expensive lighting and camera kit.
What about parking?

The studio has limited parking on-site for one vehicle during weekdays. There’s also free on-street parking immediately outside in Randall Street and cheap paid parking in the marked bays on Hill Street and surrounding area. The cost varies from 70p per hour to £2.80 all day. Do read the individual bay signs carefully.

What about insurance and public liability?

The terms and conditions of hire state that any damage to the studio and it’s equipment, or harm to you and your entourage is your own responsibility and all breakages must be paid for in full. You will be asked to review and sign a T&Cs document before your hire commences.

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