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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Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase: Show Us Where You Work

January 22nd, 2014

Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase: Show Us Where You Work

Is your studio or workspace tiny but convenient, space-challenged but stylish? Does it do double duty as garage, playroom, homework table and closet? If so, we hope you’ll let us share it on PDNPulse in this year’s Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase.

In coordination with PDN’s Studio Issue, we’ll post images of selected submissions to the Cramped But Cool Showcase on PDNPulse throughout the month of February, and then let readers vote on their favorites. The photographer whose workspace garners the most votes (or likes on PDN’s Facebook page) will receive a $50 gift certificate from a photo retailer.

If you’d like us to show off your workspace on PDNPulse’s Cramped But Cool Studio Showcase, please submit 1 to 3 jpeg images to: editor@pdnonline.com. Include a short description (up to 100 words) of your workspace, any renovations or arrangements you made to accommodate the way you work, what you’ve got stored there, how many other creatures use the space (kids, pets, etc), and its best and worst features. Be sure to put “Cramped But Cool” in your subject line.