If you're not lucky enough to own your own photo studio in Dublin, you can always rent one out. There are lots on offer, but not all of them are visible on the front page of Google. Here's a list of a wide range of studios available throughout the city, some more well-known than others. From the large to the small, from the well stocked to the bare bones, there should be something here for every need.
What it lacks in not being in a central location, Edge makes up for in everything else. There are at least 6 lights in the studio, with most suspended from the ceiling - meaning there's no trailing wires. Gels, modifiers and even clothing for models are provided free of charge. You're not likely to find a nicer, more genuine studio owner than John in Edge. This is my preferred studio.
Price: €25 per hour
Notes: Chroma Key backdrop available as well as a large number of clothing and props on site.
The Spire on O'Connell St is essentially the centre of Dublin, so Spire Studios is arguably the most central in the capital. At heart the studio is a commercial photography and printers' studio - but there is the ability to rent out the studio too.
Price: 1 hr: €60 / 2hr: €100 / 4 hr: €160 / Full Day 10am – 18:00 (8hr): €250
Notes: Photography Assistant available on request at a cost of €30 per hour
Based in two locations in the city (Prussia Street & Gardiner Street), 50hz is pretty well stocked with equipment. Large enough to accommodate families and/or bands, this is a handy Dublin studio in the heart of the city.
Price: €20 per hour midweek and €25 per hour weekends.
Notes: Use of Gels costs extra
The website boasts that this studio has '1000sq of space' and it really looks the part. There's a 'New England Style Kitchen' with a 12ft island available for use too. The house is available for other projects and the whole studio has exceptional 'low noise interference' making it ideal for video shoots too.
Price: Starts at €250 Monday-Friday and €350 Weekends
Notes: 8 private car park spaces available
As it's right across the road from Whelan's on Wexford St., I've used D Studios several times for bands appearing in the famous Dublin venue - and found it ideal each time. A great little studio, but one a little bare in terms of accessories.
Price: €25 per hour, Tuesday-Friday / €35 per hour, Saturdays / €35 per hour with an opening fee of €50, Sundays and Mondays
Notes: Large Make-Up area attached to studio
D Light Studios
D-Light Studios is a huge 150 year old warehouse near the Five Lamps. It has two main rooms, one curved backdrop and some interesting wall textures, should you wish to come away from the backdrops.
Price: Commercial €700 +VAT / Non Commercial €400 + VAT / Monday Commercial €350 + VAT / Monday Non Commercial €250 + VAT
Notes: The Studio is up a flight of stairs, but has a car ramp that allows for delivery of equipment right into the studio.
South Williams Studio
Based in a 200 year old Georgian house, SWS is located right beside some of the hair salons and make up studios in the city.
Price: € 60 per hour (min 2 hours) / Half Day (4 Hours) €200 / Full Day (9 Hours) €350
Notes: Continius Lighting Available on request.
One of the few studios listed to boast a cyclorama, The Mill has two shooting spaces available, both with at least 20 ft of shooting depth. It's in a listed 19th century linen mill, set high above Dublin City which provides great views an options available. No wonder then it's the professionals choice.
Price: Commercial Rates: €250 half day or €400 full day / News Press Rates: Quarter Day (2 hour) Special Price €100 / Student Rates: €160 half day/ €250 full day
Notes: Custom quotes available to suit your needs
Slap bang in the middle of Temple Bar, you'd be hard pushed to find something more central.
Price: Half day €80 Full day €150 excl.VAT (non- members welcome)
Notes: Various Canon DSLRs available to hire at additional cost. For enquiries contact Barbara, Alan or Conor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Dublin 12, Studio14 is 50ft x 25 ft, with a 20ft (6.0 m) square cyclorama. With a glide overhead lighting rig, you can place lighting over an area approx 15ft x 15 ft.
Price: Not Listed
9 Bond Street
The studio for all your needs. Studio 1 is enormous, has a cyclorama and window lit beautifully - it also has a range of Profoto lighting equipment. Studio 2 is much smaller and perfect for much smaller projects. Oh, and there's one of the best event spaces in the country there too for all your exhibition needs.
Price: Not Listed
Notes: Check out their blog here to see a list of some of the big name photographers and brands that regularly use 9 Bond Street
Four studio spaces are available at South Studios and they need to be seen to realise how big, bright and beautiful they are. A fantastic space that is used by professionals at the top of their game.
Price: Not Listed
4th Floor For Photo
Nested inside the Chocolate Factory Arts Centre just off O'Connell St., 4th Floor For Photo is a perfect spot for studio photography in the city.
Price: €400 Full Day / €200 Half Day / Hourly: €40 For Firs Hour, €20 Per Hour thereafter.
Notes: A beautiful cafe, Blas, is available on site.
*Prices are all taken from the corresponding websites and are correct at time of publication.
Please Contact Me if you wish to change an error in price quoted.