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April 9th, 2014

Cramped but Cool Studio: Time To Vote For Your Favorite

Photographers have shared their workspaces in our Cramped But Cool Studio showcase, and now it’s time for PDN Pulse readers to pick the one they think is the coolest. The photographer whose petite space garners the most votes here by April 23 will win a gift certificate from B&H Photo & Video worth $50. (Knowing that their workspace, though small, is admired by readers of PDN Pulse: priceless.)

You can review all three of entries in the Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase by clicking the links below, then cast your vote.

We congratulate each of the photographers who sent us images of their spaces: You’ve all made ingenious use of your small but convenient workspaces.

© Andrea Brizzi

© Andrea Brizzi

Down to the Basics in Honolulu
Photographer Andrea Brizzi shared his one-room, studio-living space in Honolulu.

© MNRD Photography

© MNRD Photography

Polished, 300-Square-Foot Renovation near Toronto
Bob Menard of MNRD Photography in Toronto totally renovated his 300-square foot space to bring light and ease into his basement workspace.

© Emily Hlavac Green

© Emily Hlavac Green

Sunny Dual-Photographer Studio in New Zealand
Alex Lovell-Smith and Emily Hlavac Green of A&E Studio in Dunedin, in the province of Otago, New Zealand, pack a lot into their shared space, which they customized for storage of backdrops and gear.

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February 21st, 2014

Cramped But Cool Studio: Sunny Dual-Photographer Studio in New Zealand

© Emily Hlavac Green

© Emily Hlavac Green

A&E Studio in Dunedin, in the province of Otago, New Zealand, houses photographers photographers Alex Lovell-Smith and Emily Hlavac Green. “Though it looks roomy, we pack in a lot here,” says Green (who also shot the photos). The “lot” includes “a custom-made desk complete with makeshift shelves for magazines, plus three backdrops, an art area, coffee grinder, fridge, grapevine, table in the sunniest spot.” When the backdrops are in use, they fill the floor space, so light stands have to be placed on the desk, she says, but when not in use they’re rolled up and stored along a beam in the ceiling. The grapevine was left by the artist who previously occupied the space; it’s thriving in the sunlight from the big windows, Green says. The floorboards have been painted white since a client asked for white floor on a shoot.

Located it an old building in a small town, has some nice conveniences, Green says. “On a good day we can sit out on the ‘balcony’ (fire escape) for lunch. The ‘downstairs office’ (local pub) is close enough that we can pick up our wifi!”

© Emily Hlavac Green

© Emily Hlavac Green

Is your workspace compact but neat, small but con?  Please share it with PDN readers in our Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase. Send us a jpeg or two or three, plus a description of the space and what you like about it to editor@pdnonline.com (be sure to put “Cramped but Cool” in the subject line). The photographer whose Cramped But Cool studio gets the most positive comments and votes on our Facebook page will win a gift certificate to photo retailer B&H Photo & Video.

Coming up on the Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase: A sleek little office close to New York City.

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February 18th, 2014

Cramped But Cool Studio: Polished, 300-Square-Foot Reno near Toronto

Toronto-based people and pet photographer Bob Menard of MNRD Photography recently completed a renovation on the 300-square-foot basement shooting/working space in the basement of his home, and was kind enough to show us the results.

© MNRD Photography

© MNRD Photography

“I had been using it as my studio before, but it was more of a makeshift setup with fluorescent lighting, popcorn ceilings and carpeting. Not exactly a space I was proud to bring clients to,” Menard says. After the renovation, the space now features eggshell-painted walls, Barnboard Laminate floors, and 5000K LED lights, which he selected for their energy efficiency and color balance, and to brighten the space as much as possible. Menard also says, “I’ve created an office space in one corner (ideal for tethered shooting) and a small viewing area in another with ample storage for my photographic accessories.”

© MNRD Photography

© MNRD Photography

Does your workspace pack maximum efficiency into limited space?  If so, we hope you’ll share it with PDN readers in our Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase. Send us a jpeg or two or three, plus a description of the space and what you like about it to editor@pdnonline.com (be sure to put “Cramped but Cool” in the subject line). The photographer whose Cramped But Cool studio gets the most positive comments and votes on our Facebook page will win a gift certificate to photo retailer B&H Photo & Video.

Coming up on the Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase: A sun-kissed workspace in New Zealand.

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February 12th, 2014

Cramped But Cool Studio: Down to the Basics in Honolulu

© Andrea Brizzi

© Andrea Brizzi

This month, in connection with The Studio Issue of PDN we’re posting the “Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase.” We’re inviting PDN readers to share images of small-but-convenient workspaces.

We kick off with photographer Andrea Brizzi’s one-room, studio-living-workspace in Honololu. It does not have much in it, but what it has is charming.

“I keep two modest studios, one in Brooklyn, the other in Hawaii. Both are outfitted with the essentials: a sofa bed, an espresso machine, a bicycle and a Mac,” Brizzi says. He can see the slope of the Diamond Head volcano out his window. He explains, “Space is scarce, so a surf board doubles as my desk and, when needed, dining table. I got rid of the horrific wall-to-wall carpet I found when I bough the place. The new floor is bamboo, floating, no nails, no glue. Bought at Home Depot, I installed it. I also threw away the window air conditioner. Not necessary here. No heating either.” Nice.

Does your workspace do double duty as living room, playroom, garage or closet? Send us an image or two, plus a description of the space and what you like about it to editor@pdnonline.com (be sure to put “Cramped but Cool” in the subject line) and we’ll be delighted to share it. The photographer whose Cramped But Cool studio gets the most positive comments and votes on our Facebook page will win a gift certificate to photo retailer B&H Photo & Video.

Coming up on the Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase: a nicely renovated basement studio.

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