How To Shoot On A Budget

This was written in the perspective of Anneliese Gartner

Now I get it. You’re starting out your photography and videography career and you’re on a budget. Studio space can get expensive and fast! Especially when you’re just getting started and you need the work for your portfolio. Here are a couple solutions to keep your shooting location costs low while still making sure your project turns out just the way you want it.


Whether you are hosting a photoshoot, video shoot, or even an event...PeerSpace is your go to solution. I’ve used PeerSpace to book different studio spaces in Boston and New York and it’s seriously a game changer. Think of it as an Airbnb for studios. The studios that I’ve rented include lighting, different back drops, and even sometimes food. Typically the spaces run hourly and you book ahead. Make sure that when you book you leave yourself enough time to set up and tear down. 

The number one reason why I continue to book spaces through this website is the simplicity it provides and the wide variety of spaces that it has to offer. You can find a place to book with any type of budget.

Scout Free Locations

The best part about shooting outside is that most of the time it’s free! I say most of the time because if you’re shooting on a random private property or at a restaurant/venue they most likely want compensation for you to shoot there. Here is my go to list of shooting locations in New York and the specific times to shoot there with the least amount of tourists/people.

DUMBO: 7am-9am

Oculus: Anytime of the day


Flatiron: 6am - 8am


Look Up: Anytime

Coney Island: Sunrise or Sunset

There you have it! Those are my top two suggestions of how to find locations on a budget. Was this helpful? Please let me know in the comment section below, and as always don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more tips, tricks, and updates all about photography and videography.

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