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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