United Kingdom, England, West Sussex


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SouthDowns has 25 recommendations
Added by Bleeding_Rose1 - 15 May 2014
I held a studio day at Barney's studio recently, he makes an excellent host and was kind enough to pick me up and drop me off at the train station and provided me with plenty of tea and biscuits throughout the day. Barney's attention to detail makes him an excellent photographer, his pre shoot and during shoot communications and direction were excellent, he has clear idea's about the things he wishes to shoot. He has a wonderful friendly and polite manner. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others and can't wait to see the results of our shoot.
Added by cymbal - 14 Nov 2013
Just shows what a lot you can shoot in a small studio, excellent welcome and help, good tea,and reasonable rates.
Added by brightonblonde - 14 Nov 2013
Had a last minute booking at the studio today for a client, Barney is a great host and always makes you feel welcome and looked after. I love being a regular at the studio and hope to be continue the pleasure of working there :) Emma Louise Z
Added by AndyClark14 - 11 Sep 2013
First shoot at the Studio, Barney was a great help and very friendly. The Studio was full of areas to use and a large quantity of props to help with the shoot. Easy to locate, even using public transport. A very well run Studio, looking forward to a return visit, no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
Added by EH_Photography - 25 Jan 2013
I had a shoot here this morning with model LouiseBon - very impressed with the studio. Barney was very helpful and I appreciate him arriving to the studio early to turn on the heaters for us. Makes a great cuppa - would recommend this studio to any photographers or models :)
Added by TexasB - 25 Jan 2013
Had my first (of a few to come) visit to the Studio today. Very nice place to work,lots of probs available,Barney was very helpful with me and Emma (EH_Photography) and makes a great coffee! Looking forward to returning. LouiseB
Added by Cynthia9 - 16 Sep 2012
Had a wonderful day in this studio on Friday. Barney was really helpful and welcoming. I certainly recommend this studio as it is very big, has different props and the location is just wonderful.
Added by Joceline - 9 Sep 2012
I very much enjoyed my studio day here last week; Barney is a lovely, courteous hospitable studio-owner who was very kind and helpful, both to me and to the photographers who booked me. I wouldn't hesitate to work there again, or to recommend the studio to others; what a nice place (and there were chocolate biscuits, hoorah!).
Added by Jake41 - 12 Aug 2012
Studio day at Barneys Southdowns studio this weekend. It has come on so much still I first saw it in a rough construction stage about 5 months ago. This time I was let loose with all the lights and props to use. Barney is a very good studio owner. Gives help and advice when need, but gives out the way when not. Does make a good cuppa. The studio is brilliant and certainly has everything I could ever need, from the infidently curve, pure black backdrops, bedroom to living room sets. I will be back
Added by carshaltonkev - 12 Aug 2012
I worked at South Downs yesterday at a Fiona Jane York studio day. The studio is set in a stunning and beautiful location. (A world apart from the usual industrial estates.) There is LOADS OF SPACE and a choice of many sets. Barney is really welcoming, friendly and helpful and will bend over backwards to assist you. South Downs is also a lot cheaper to hire than most studios. A bargain! With other studios closing, I am so pleased to have found it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! NB. Do ask for directions- you will probably need them!
Added by Flexifingaz - 23 July 2012
I have had the oppertunity to work with Barney on a couple of occassions at his well organised fundraising events. He is a fantastic organiser and great photographer and This studio is set on a fantastic location.
Added by Bluesden - 20 July 2012
What a location! Whether you need to shoot indoors or out, Barney has the gear in the studio and the most beautiful countryside as well. I made use of both during my recent visit and it would be a pleasure to shoot there again. Jim
Added by Charlye - 20 July 2012
I worked with Barney the other day at a charity group shoot he organised at his studio on Sunday 15 July. Barney is a Professional, lovely down to earth guy, a great organiser and fun to shoot with.
Added by Anda - 19 July 2012
It was my pleasure to be there and work for Charity reasons. Studio is in very amazing place. With beautiful scenery all around. I will be really delighted if i will have a chance to work there again. Thank You Barney for Your invite. See You! Anda
Added by Dave1595 - 9 July 2012
Had the pleasure of using Barney's studio the other day. Barney couldn't have been more helpful and friendly if he tried and the studio is well equipped and in a fantasitc location. Looking forward to my next visit.
Added by firework - 1 July 2012
This studio, maybe out in the sticks a little but wow, its huge with many different scenes you can use, me and 11 other models used this studio for our Calender shoot for charity, and had a blast
Added by Klouise1992 - 20 June 2012
shot both with barney and another photographer at barnets studio and thoroughly enjoyed it hope it will be the 1st of many x
Added by DianaB - 10 June 2012
It was great fun to have a open studio day in Sussex at SouthDowns studio :), Barney is a very nice and friendly person , a great photographer tho, the studio is very spacious and gifted,Thoroughly recommended. many thanks Barney for having me in your studio had a great day
Added by ChrisD - 9 June 2012
Paid a visit to Barneys studio yesterday, it's in a rural setting and as I drove closer to it I could also see oportunties for location shooting nearby, for example some beautiful countryside; however I digress. The studio is within a huge dry secure barn, a number of "sets" are pre dressed so there are several shoot areas to choose from, each offering very different backgrounds/backdrops. A spacious infinity curve dominants the centre of the building and the more I looked the more potential I could see. An abundance of lights and a comprehensive selection of light shaping tools are at the photographers disposal. The studio was busy yesterday, I met a few new faces and put a face to a usernames set of photos I remember looking at not that long ago. In closing one thing out of Barneys control, there appears to be no signal there for cellular phones, in actual fact not a big issue and certainly not a deal breaker for me. In fact, turning a seeming disadvantage into a major advantage, it will stop that element of model that seems permanently glued to their phone! :-)
Added by tarmoo - 8 June 2012
I used Barney's studio today for a shoot with Diana Braun on her studio day there. The studio is very spacious, with lots of different sets. Barney was on hand to give advice on how to make best of of the various studio lights. The studio is very reasonably priced. Definitely recommended.
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United Kingdom, England, West Sussex
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Date Joined:
7 Feb 2012
Last Updated:
23 Sep 2017
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" ... a top studio on the south coast with very reasonable hire charges ..." Andy Matthews, photographer

" ... the studio is nicely organised and set up really well ..." Serenity, model


VIRTUAL TOUR - available to view, but I am not allowed to show the URL here; (please ask for the URL) - features model Serenity and photographer Graham S. Shot by bdfoto . Stitching by Peter at Forza Google

Proprietor: Barney Douglas (bdfoto on this site)

Online availability calendar: please ask for URL


£15 per hour, £50 per half day, £90 per day.
Package deals / regular user discounts available.


Main shoot area 27' x 16', 2.9 m reversible white / black vinyl backdrop height 9'; (please note it takes 30 minutes to switch from white to black and back again - black muslin also available takes one minute);
Secondary shoot areas (green screen, black and white muslin, coloramas and grunge) 20' x 12'6" (23' long with the shower room door open), backdrop roll height 10'6"; muslin backdrops can be moved to main shoot area;
Shower wet set - shooting distance up to max 25', ceiling height 7'9";
Boudoir set;
Insulated floor, raised access platform, grunge backgrounds; Lastolite Hilite (7'x5'); muliple coloured backgrounds.
Suspension facilities - one ton loading;
Bowens and Interfit heads and all the necessary accessories including a boom arm;
Access for motor cycles and small machinery;
Free broadband, free tea, coffee and (most importantly) chocolate Hobnobs;


Nearest railway stations (models and photographers can be collected):
Angmering and Goring-by-Sea on the South Coast line - direct services to London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath, Brighton, Chichester, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton;
Arundel on the Arun Valley line - direct services to London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Crawley, Horsham, Pulborough, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton;
Less than an hour from the M25 / A24 junction (Leatherhead) and from the M27 / M3 junction (Southampton airport);
On the 700 bus route (Langbury Lane / Littlehampton Road stop) - express service Portsmouth to Brighton.


Budget: Premier Inn, Roundstone Lane - one mile west (Angmering station)
Mid-price: Highdown House, Ferring - half a mile east (highly recommended - Goring-by-Sea station)
Luxury: Hilton Avisford Park - five miles west (car required)

Advice on lighting set-up when you start all included in hire charges if requested

NO parking charges!



The list of STUDIO DAYS is not displayed on this account's profile, but is available on request. Individual events are, from time to time, published in the appropriate section here.



Faux leather settee - two seater / walnut brown, faux leather small chaise longue in beige, small upholstered chair in apple green;
Black and chrome fully adjustable posing stool and five bar stools plus several others;
Double bed with ornate metal headboard in white and gold;
Two ottomans plus various other furniture;


Fake fur throws, cushions various colours, voile and silk curtains and various other large material pieces;
Two decorative wicker screens, wooden tea case / storage box;
Beer crate, yoga mat and two yoga blocks;
De Vere 54 antique photographic enlarger;
Ivory wedding dress size 10;
... and much more.


Per hour: £15 (min three hours for casual hirers); Half day: £51 (15% discount); Full day: £96 (20% discount)
Evenings, weekends, bank holidays: 20% premium;
Video (as opposed to stills): 20% premium
Pre-purchase packages from 20 hours up to 100 hours with discounts from 25% to 45%
Regular user packages from £9 per hour
* Studio Facebook members normally get an additional 15% discount (except visiting tutor sessions, or where otherwise indicated) on above rates, and 30% off the studio element only on studio days (exceptions apply, see individual castings), plus advance notice of special offers. Ask to join here: - please add me as a friend first:
Paper cut-off £2 per metre
Anything messy or wet please ask for a quote. Anything over essential cleaning is chargeable. (So far that hasn't happened.)

Important: the studio's preferred method of payment is BACS (which costs us nothing); cash and Paypal payments incur a very modest surcharge to cover transfer costs.


Three minutes from British Rail Angmering on the South Coast line (models, and photographers, can be collected) - direct services to London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Haywards Heath, Brighton, Chichester, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton;

Ten minutes from British Rail Arundel on the Arun Valley line (again models and photographers, can be collected) - direct services to London Victoria, Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Crawley, Horsham, Pulborough, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton;

Four minutes from the A27 (A280 exit) main Chichester to Worthing road;
Ten minutes from the A24 (Offington Corner, Worthing) junction with the A27;
45 minutes from the M23 (Pease Pottage);
55 minutes from M27 / M3 junction (Southampton airport);

On the 700 bus route (Langbury Lane / Littlehampton Road stop) - express service Portsmouth to Brighton stops just a two minute walk from the front door.

Limited free parking on site and just outside. Ample free parking just down the road. NO parking charges!

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