Find infinity cove photo studios with Tutti
If you’ve never shot using an infinity cove before, get ready to take your film and photography to the next level, because the results will be breathtaking. Using an infinity cove will also help you to save time by reducing the amount of editing needed during the post-production process. Lucky for you there are plenty of cove studio options in London to choose from, and we’ve highlighted 5 of our top studios listed on Tutti below. If it’s your first time hiring one, we’ve also put together a detailed guide below to answer all of your questions.
What is an infinity cove?
Sometimes known as an infinity curve or an infinity wall, an infinity cove is used as a plain, single-coloured backdrop for a photo shoot or film project. Its defining feature is a lack of angles - the curved wall blends the floor and wall seamlessly so that you don’t see a line. And because there are no corners, shadows don’t gather in the background. The end result is a finished image where the subject appears to float as if it had been placed on plain white paper or a blank canvas. This sense that the background simply continues on forever in all directions is what gives it the name “infinity cove”.
Ideas for how to use a cove studio in London
For photographers, the features of an infinity cove make it perfect for shooting products. It will allow you to clearly define your subject by removing the appearance of any background. If you are a portrait photographer though, you can use the same method to create the appearance of a bright, ethereal space around the subject.
If you do a lot of post-production work to create special effects for your film and photography, shooting on an infinity cove will allow you to mask objects easily and therefore reduce the amount of editing time needed during the post-production process.
If you are a videographer, you can also find infinity coves in London with green backgrounds which can be used to add special effects, or as a budget-friendly way to shoot “on location” allowing you to add the background in post-production.
What to look for in a cove studio
The main thing you need to consider when choosing a studio is the size of your subjects. As a general rule, you want to employ an infinity cove a couple of metres larger than the largest subject you’ll be shooting. Essentially, you want the freedom to shoot various angles without getting the edges in shot, or else you’ll ruin the infinity illusion. Keep size in mind when browsing studios so you only pay what you need to, for example, if you’re hired for a product photoshoot for small children’s toys then you won’t need to hire a cove studio that is large enough to accommodate cars. A lot of listings on Tutti include dimensions so you can discover their size on the space listing page
The benefits of shooting in a cove studio
While many photographers and videographers get along fine shooting with white backdrops, shooting with an infinity cove will allow you to scale up and zoom out. You can easily shoot a subject from head-to-toe without any cropping needed to avoid undesirable background objects. The distinct perspective looks highly professional and adds dimension to your work.
How to get the most out of your cove studio shoot
It’s important to treat an infinity cove as a stage. Like a stage, it must be properly outfitted, which in photographic terms means setting up enough background lighting to create the desired effect. We would suggest a two or three-light setup is ideal for an infinity cove - for more lighting information read our lighting guide. It’s also a good idea to use a light metre to detect the amount of light hitting the subject, to ensure the cove isn’t producing an effect that’s excessively bright.
Frequently Asked Questions
What colour is an infinity cove and can it be painted a different colour?
Infinity coves are usually white to provide a clean, clutter-free background. If you need colour options you can ask the host if they provide coloured backdrops. There are also a few studios in London with green infinity coves specifically designed for filming special effects.
What is typically included in the hire price of a London cove studio?
Most studios in London will include basic photography equipment in the hire fee, such as camera stands, softboxes, poly boards, coloramas and reflectors. If the studio has a kitchen it will be fitted out with standard appliances such as a fridge, freezer, oven and hob. If you have specific requirements please remember to message the host, and if they do provide additional equipment, check whether there is any additional charge.
What is the ambient noise level? Will it be an issue for my shoot?
When searching listings on Tutti you will find a description of the location external noise under general information, and if you have specific noise level requirements you can also use Tutti’s advanced search tool to filter your results.
Do I need any special equipment to use an infinity cove?
In general no, but it is important to check whether the infinity cove has a large natural light source or is a blackout studio, because this will affect the amount of lighting equipment you require - a complete lighting kit for full lighting control, or just a few modifiers to enhance the natural lighting.
How much should I budget to hire an infinity cove studio in London?
Tutti offers a wide range of cove studios for hire for every budget. You can narrow your search by using our advanced search options and filtering by price. Most cove studios in London charge by the day or half-day and the prices can fall anywhere between £200 and £1000 per day.
How long can I hire a cove studio for?
This is completely up to you. Most London cove studio hire fees charge by the day or half-day, but using Tutti’s enquiry form you can request multiple dates for a location.
What kinds of projects are infinity coves used for?
They are ideal for both film and photography shoots that require the subject to be the main focus with no background distractions, either because you want to show off its features or you want to add an artificial background in the editing process.