Terence, do you plan to rent this one or will it be for personal use only? Then the questions-answer would differ.
If it's for you, only matters the studio itself, but if you plan to make business with it, some questions emerge apart from the studio equipment itself. I have a friend who is doing the experiment in the country and that's what we found:
-Is the place located in a beautifull attractive area?
-Do you have accomodations? or is there accomodations very close?
-How is the access, car train airport? Is it closed to a big city or not?
-Can you exhibit also?
-Will you do a website to promote?
-How is the external studio facility: bar, kitchen, shower or bath?
-How many people could work? what about the computers installation? How high is the roof?
-Can you do an external fixed studio with wooden walls? How is the light? weather conditions?
-How special is the all project?
-Can you rely on locals to do work construction to good price?
-Do you have DIY habilities (I don't
etc...all those parameters will have influence IMO.
Fred hello thanks for replying , yes it for me to shoot commercially , i will not be renting it out.
Yes it is in a attractive area near my pool , my last studio was in a semi industrial area and was in
a horrible setting.
One of the bigger cities in South Africa. , Durban.
It does not have to be a dream studio because i only shoot in a studio a few times a month.
Nope i will get somebody to do the alterations for me , it might fall down if i did it.
I have my site already , i just need to update it with my newer work.http://www.terencehogben.co.za
The studio would be for shooting only , i have the kitchen and all other facilities in my house so
will not need to waste any of my 5.5 metre by 8 metre space.
The business side i do not need any help , was just looking at a few tips on construction regarding
the natural light aspect , my natural light side faces North in the Southern Hemisphere so faces
the sun ,i have done quite a few food shoots with exactly that natural light inclination and has worked
out very well.
I will probably put in sliding doors , although have found bounced light of the pool or grass can have
serious colour cast issues.
Have seen a image of a natural light food studio that was on a higher floor with normal windows that worked
Possibly have a look at light coming through the roof ,as well.