My Studio

I am just writing this article to show readers how having a studio available to you can make such a difference to your finished images. Until I had a studio all my work required places with good lighting. It either had to be the right time of day, not cloudy or cloudy depending on what I wanted. Now that’s all changed.

I’ve had plans for as long as I can remember to have my own studio. The plan got underway in 2010 and I started construction. Over the years since then the studio has evolved to the point where I believe it’s the best most well-equipped studio in southern Adelaide.

I started with a few lights often working with what I had available. As time progressed I bought professional light fittings of various types. Now the studio has over 40 light fittings to cater for ever job. From Floods, spots to soft lights I now can light anything in any colour and photographer can shoot in tungsten, florescent or artificial daylight.

I’ve even installed two air conditioning plants to keep the crew comfortable in any weather.

It’s been a big build from then till now with extension cords across the floor to now having a fully hard-wired lighting grid. Yes, we still use extension cords but it’s all a lot neater now. I added dimmer racks to give us 20 dimmable channels to allow complete control over lighting. What a difference that made.

The main idea behind the studio was video. After 30+ years in commercial television where I did lighting as my job it’s now nice to have my own facilities to not only make jobs easier but bring up the quality.

Along the way, I had other photographers and videographers contact me about using the studio for their projects. It’s great to see others appreciate a top studio facility and make use of it for their jobs and boost their career.

This has given them the opportunity to create great images without weather concerns or environment issues.

All round, it’s been a great project and has turned out far ahead of where I expected it to be in the initial stages. The studio evolves regularly as new challenges present themselves and modifications must be made to meet those challenges.

Thanks for reading and watch out for future articles from Studio 91.


All the best,
David Hales