Location scouting is a pretty cool job; it allows you to experience new places, interact with other creatives, and travel all over the country (or even the world!). However, no matter how cool of a job it is, it’s still a job. That means that there’s still a large amount of hard work that goes into finding the perfect video production space rental in NYC, or the most cinematic beach in LA.

We’ve gather tips from veteran location scouts from all over the country. Keep reading to learn more:

First, Use Google

If you’ve already found a location that piques your interest, the first thing you should do is Google the address to find out any important history or news about it, says Jeff Shepherd, a veteran location manager.  This is a free and easy way to learn how popular the location is, which is an important thing to keep in mind as iconic locations are often difficult to book. You can also learn if there’s any interesting history that could benefit your work.

Always Maintain Power

In this case, maintaining power refers to the power you’ll need to keep all of your equipment running. According to Michael Maher, a filmmaker, power is the single most valuable resource on set, especially if you plan to be filming for hours at a time. If you’re going to be using a camera, you’ll need power to keep its battery running, so make sure the locations you’re looking at have an adequate source of electricity.

Be Sound-Minded

It’s easy to get caught up in the visual aspect of location scouting, since a lot of the work you’ll do is about what you can see and imagine in a space. However, the auditory aspect of a location is extremely important, urges Steven Gladstone, a filmmaker. According to Gladstone, not only should you consider things like room tone and reflection within the space, but you should also be mindful of the noises that can occur outside, like planes or street traffic.

Look at Light

Bill Fisher, a photographer, reminds aspiring location scouts to never forget the importance of good lighting. When checking out a location, bring your camera to take a few test shots and see how the space shows up on film. You’d be surprised how different a location can look on camera versus the naked eye! Fisher also suggests that you scout locations at different times of day, so that you get a clear idea of what the space will look like as you’re filming. This is crucial for long shoots, where the lighting will change throughout the day.

Are you scouting for locations with lots of character and natural light? Then check out SoHoSoleil!

For more than twenty years, SoHoSoleil’s lofts have served as venues for corporate meetings, as well as a photo studio rental in NYC. SoHoSoleil’s three locations, CornerLight, SereneSite, and MeetingSite, each have original 19th century architecture, large windows for natural light, and the cast-iron building facades that SoHo is historically known for. Inside, attendees can find bright and creative decor, as well as important amenities such as WiFi, additional seating, and A/V setup for presentations.

Sound right for you? Contact us to book a photo and video production space rental in NYC today!