Originally Posted by mickeyparris
... How would one rent studio time? If I do rent studio time, is all of the equipment I use mine from home, or do you think they'd be gracious enough to let me use theirs?
To add to the good advice already given, you might call up your local professional photo supply stores and ask them whether there are rental studios in your area - more than likely they'll know who's renting studios, even folks who don't normally advertise that they rent out their shop.
Further about the "knowing what you're getting into"... when I was renting my studio out, your rental price got you full use of everything, but if you broke it, you paid for it. I'd give you a quick orientation to the equipment and if it appeared that you hadn't a clue (which happens, sometimes) about a particular system, the choice was yours: a bit of paid instruction time (on your dime) or I could put the equipment up in the closet.