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Upscale & Fully Equipped Photo Studio
  • $79/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Berkeley, CA
ALL LIGHTING GEAR INCLUDED FOR USE DURING YOUR STUDIO RENTAL AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. :) This highly versatile compact 410 sq. ft photo studio space just minutes away from downtown San Francisco, located in an upscale area of Berkeley in a historic renovated building. Just a five minute Uber/Lyft ride from Ashby BART, or 15-20 minute drive from downtown San Francisco. Ample free street parking in this safe upscale area. All lighting gear is included for use with each photo studio rental. Studio features a variety of strobes, light modifiers, backgrounds, amenities, etc. Perfect for shooting headshots, portraiture, beauty, glamour, fashion, product photography, full-length, you name it. (For full-length shots a 24-70mm lens is recommended since the space is compact.) Just bring your camera, model/client and shoot. :) RATE INFO: • Weekday 9am-6pm Monday - Friday: $65/hr • Weekend & After-hours Rates: $79/hr MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ATTENDEES: • 5 people maximum Studio Dimensions: Approx. 20 ft x 20 ft with 9ft Ceilings (410 sq. feet) • Setup, Instruction, and/or professional photographer guidance is available for $100/hr Lighting and gear INCLUDED for use with this rental are: • (1x) AlienBees B1600 Flash Unit • (3x) AlienBees B800 Flash Unit • (1x) Savage Pro LED Ringlight Plus Light Modifiers INCLUDED for use with this rental are: • (1x) 47 in. Octagon Softbox • (4x) 36 in. x 10 Strip Softboxes • (2x) 32 in. x 40 Large Softbox • (1x) 86 in. Parabolic Umbrella Soft Silver Interior (Huge!) • (1x) 22 in. Beauty Dish • (2x) 33 in. Soft White Diffuser Umbrella • (4x) 36 in. x 10 Strip Softboxes • (3x) Large V-Flats • (1x) 2-3/4 in. Snoot with Color Gels & Honeycomb Grid • (1x) 33 in. Gold Reflective Umbrella • (6x) 7 in. Standard Reflectors • (4x) 9 in. Barn Door & Honeycomb Grids Set • Adjustable “Tri-Flector” system with stand • Assorted Colored Gel Sets Additional Studio Items INCLUDED for use with this rental are: • (4x) PocketWizard PlusX • (2x) 10 ft. Mathews C-Stands w/boom arms • (1x) Manfrotto Tripod with Ball Head • (3x) 7ft. Portable Light Stands • (1x) 10ft. Adjustable Portable Backdrop Stand • (1x) Adjustable Laptop Stand • (1x) Mahogany Stained Full Apple Box Set • (1x) Mannequin Torso • (8x) Industrial Sand Bags • (1x) Step Ladder • (4x) Studio stools • Many Extension Cords Studio amenities INCLUDED for use with this rental are: • FREE High Speed WIFI • Optional Wired Internet • Ample FREE street parking • Mini fridge & Snack Area • Heater with in-studio Thermostat • Workstation Area • Two adjustable chairs • Private Unisex Bathroom • Beautiful Natural Light Available • Dual Industrial-Sized Sinks • Small Makeup Area • Bose Mini-Link II Wireless Bluetooth Speaker • Clothing Rack with Hangars • Hand-Held Clothing Steamer • Full set of Apple Boxes • Various Flags, Reflectors, and Bounce Cards • Smartphone Charging Area • Plexiglass and Platform Surfaces • Balcony Area • Lint Roller, Clips/Clamps & More • Hair Care Items • Numerous Power Outlets • Cafe Downstairs (Yum!) Over 25 Seamless paper backgrounds INCLUDED for use with this rental.
Downtown Berkeley Performance Space with Skylights
  • $125/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Berkeley, CA
This is a large room with brick walls, skylights, multiple seating options, including comfy couches, and a professional stage in the corner. The room is set slightly below street level, accessible via a short staircase (or an ADA-compliant chair lift), and is 1090 square feet. The corner stage is an 160 square feet, and the entry platform just inside the front door is 50 square feet.
Boutique Food + Product Photo Studio + Props
  • $100/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
  • 1
  • Instant book
  • Berkeley, CA
Our studio is a food and product based photo studio located in South West Berkeley. It features a full gourmet kitchen with new appliances, ample food prep/work space, a 600 sq. ft dedicated shooting room, natural east light, surface and prop rentals, client table that seats 8 and high speed Wi-Fi. A converted double storefront allows for easy load in and out with ample free parking. Located close to BART, I-80, DTC, Berkeley Bowl West and Emeryville. All Access: props and surfaces included Props: full and extensive collection ceramics, wood, glass, linens and cookware. Surfaces: library of over 150 surfaces Grip included with studio: Manfrotto tripod with over head tripod arm Rock and roller photo cart 3 C stands, 3 sand bags 4 full apples, 2 half, 2 quarter Assortment of cardellini and super clamps 2 v flats Pull down, black out blinds on shooting side of studio. Kitchen: Fully outfitted with prop and cooking utensils. 2 refrigerators, one with freezer Cuisine art Vitamix Microwave Electric Kettle Tea and Nespresso service 4 burner gas stove Dishwasher The fine print: Arrangements can be made that include access on the day before the shoot for load in for an addition feed of $75 for grocery drop off. $250 for pre-light and prop set ups over 3 hours. Client agrees to leave premises and contents of the studio in the same condition they were upon arrival and is responsible for any damages to property, props and/or surfaces.
Production and Recording Studio in Berkeley
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Berkeley, CA
Our Production and Recording Studio is 3600 sq. ft. professional production space, located at the heart of Berkeley CA, wherein we offer video, photo, audio services. We have a large 2 wall white cyclorama and green screen, a second space that can be entirely staged, and a recording studio with a sound proof room than can accommodate 10 people. We have all the equipment needed for the production at the studio or on location. Our Studio space is available for all types of Events, Meetings and Photoshoots/Film shoots.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Berkeley?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Berkeley on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Berkeley?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Berkeley at, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Filming locations are available in Berkeley?
Right now, there are 17 Filming locations available in Berkeley.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Berkeley bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Berkeley guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Berkeley locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Berkeley?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Berkeley. Just start a search at and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Berkeley booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Berkeley?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Berkeley is $132 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Berkeley?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Concierge service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Filming locations in Berkeley, CA?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $79 to $250.
Which Filming locations are most popular in Berkeley, CA in 2022?
How do I book a Berkeley location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a Berkeley reservation request?
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About Berkeley

Berkeley is a northern California city with so much history and so much life to it. The area is centered around the University of California, Berkeley, and the student population is strong. This is home to the 1960’s Free Speech Movement, and as a result of that history, it has become an infamous place for such movements. Many protests and historical events happen here, and there is a strong tie to the university and the diverse student population.

It is a typical California city in certain areas such as the climate, which is beautiful and sunny year-round. The Sather Tower is one of the most famous attractions of Berkeley and has become a focal point being a water tower at the university with so much history.

Berkeley is located on the Eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, which gives it a gorgeous waterfront area. The area attracts many people who are focused on education, legal rights, diversity, and equality each year. Berkeley has become a symbol in the US for inclusion and equality, and you can feel that all around the city.

Filming Options in Berkeley

When it comes to filming in Berkeley, you will find that you have some excellent location options. Then you must narrow your search to the types of services that you want available for the overall production. It all starts with the right location, but these are the services that can help you to keep things going strong.

  • Set and Props
    It is essential to have props and even a set available for your production. This is what will add those important details to things and really help to set your production apart from others. This is something to think through and consider, and a good company can give you exactly what you need.

  • Talent
    You will certainly need actors or talent of some type for your film, and this can be an overwhelming task. You may find it best to turn to a local talent agency that takes care of the interviewing and prep. Then you can tell them what you are looking for and they can work with you to provide the best match for your production.

  • Audio Visual
    This is another service that a film production can’t survive without. You will need some sort of audio-visual representation, even if it is on a smaller scale. A good local company can help you to think through your needs and be available during the shoot to give you the support required.

Filming Companies in Berkeley

There are many that decide to take their filming to Berkeley as it happens to be the perfect city for this. Though you do want to scout out the right locations, you also want to be sure to work with the best support companies.

  • Acme Scenery Company
    If it is scenery that you need for your Berkeley filming needs, then this is the company to work with. Acme Scenery Company has a strong local presence and has worked on many film productions, both big and small. So, you can turn to them for the props and scenery that you need, and they can even help you come up with new and fresh ideas as well.

  • Beau Bonneau
    Hiring the right talent for your production can be tough, and this is why you need a strong company to work within this area. They can put you in touch with the right actors and local talent that can be a good match. Beau Bonneau is a talent agency that has been around for a while, and they can get you steered in the right direction and ensure that you have what you need.

    There is a certain level of audio-visual services that you may not even realize that you need support with for filming. You will therefore feel good about using the expert team at AVI-SPL, as they can help to fill in the blanks. Even if you aren’t sure of the level of support you may need, they can come to the rescue and ensure that things stay on track in this area.

Pros and Cons of Filming in Berkeley

There are so many wonderful reasons to film a production within Berkeley, and you will find that it’s the perfect city for so many things in this area. There are a few things that you may wish to consider, just so that you can plan accordingly. There are many wonderful things about filming in Berkeley, but you want to keep it all in mind as you move forward.


  • Diversity
    There is rich culture and history within Berkeley, and the diversity is why it continues to be the site of so many important movements.

  • High quality of life
    The people that live here tend to be happy and more fulfilled, basically due to the overall vibe of the city.

  • Strong educational presence
    Due to the popularity of the University of California, Berkeley is a city that has a strong focus on education overall.


  • High crime rates
    Though you may expect to see this in many big cities, it tends to be more prevalent here. The crime in Berkeley is higher than in other cities with a similar population and size.

  • Expensive
    It may seem a bit strange but true that the cost of living is so high, particularly since so many of the activities and amenities are centered around college living.

  • Not as livable as you would think
    Some call into question the overall livability of the city, particularly on a long-term basis. You will find that being here for a filming or something related can work well, but it may not be a great city otherwise.

Famous Locations in Berkeley

  • Berkeley Marina
    This gorgeous waterfront has a lot of personality to set it apart from other California waterfronts. The Berkeley Marina is great for watching boats come in, checking out yachts, or just a fantastic spot to get outside and enjoy the weather. There is also a nature center, park, and aquatic center that make up the marina and waterfront, along with some nice restaurants and shops.

  • Berkeley Rose Garden
    It is noted as one of the most beautiful places in the US, and it boasts over 3,000 roses in the area itself. The Berkeley Rose Garden is a municipal park that is full of beauty and space to explore. You can catch stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge here, but really it’s all about taking in the beauty of the rose bushes and garden design that wins out.

  • Sather Tower
    The Sather Tower is a famous landmark in the city and so strongly associated with UC Berkeley, thus making it a popular site to visit. The Sather Tower has a lot of similarities to the Campanile in Italy, as it was designed after that through inspiration. It stands as the third tallest clock and bell tower in the world, and it is worth the trip to visit when you come to Berkeley.