Workspace of the Week: Garage storage for professional photographer

This week’s Workspace of the Week is professional photographer Raisinhell’s equipment storage in the garage:

Raisinhell has a number of pictures up in the flickr pool, but the one that speaks to me the most is the garage image posted here. The equipment is stored where it is needed (next to cars), it is grouped by type, the heaviest items are at waist height or lower, and it occupies a space (between stalls) that would otherwise go unused. It’s a wonderful utilization of space and nothing can get lost. Bravo!

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

5 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Garage storage for professional photographer”

  1. posted by Ed Eubanks on

    Following the Flickr stream, I was surprised and disappointed to see that this pro stores his film carelessly. Photographers, if you’re still using film (and I’m also surprised to see a professional who is still shooting 35mm film instead of digital), store it in the refrigerator. This is ESPECIALLY true if you buy the expensive “Pro” lines of film, whether for slides/transparencies or print. The chemistry in film is very heat-sensitive, and you will (at best) lose color fidelity and contrast accuracy if the film is heat-deteriorated. This goes for before AND after you have exposed the film, until you have it developed.

    Frankly, I can’t imagine storing film in a garage (where the temperature must fluctuate several times a day, year-round). I’m really astounded.

    For those who would now grouse about film “cluttering” up your fridge, think of it this way: you might say the same thing about that jar of mayonaise– “hey, it’s cluttering up the shelf, so I’ll stick it in the pantry with the other cans and jars.” That’s great for clutter, but the next time you go to spread that mayo on a sandwich, the taste will suffer, and so might your G.I. tract!

    If it becomes a problem, then you are probably a serious enough shooter to warrant getting a small, dorm-sized fridge just for film and batteries (yes, the fridge is a great place to store them, too). At my house, we have a full-sized side-by-side refrigerator/freezer in our garage: the freezer is great for stocking up on meat when it’s on special, and the fridge holds our soda cans, beer, film, and batteries. Actually, having the soda and beer elsewhere de-clutters in two ways: we drink less of it, and the fridge in the kitchen has more room for other stuff. But I digress…

  2. posted by Raisin on

    That is my flickr stream, and I love that it got featured here. Thanks guys!

    Also, heed Ed’s advice about film and battery storage. I’m lucky, in that my garage has bare concrete floors and insulated walls because the former owner had modified it so that it could do wine cellar duty. Most people don’t want garages that are dark and cold, but it works perfectly for my purposes.

    Also, as Ed pointed out, I’m shooting film. Don’t let that throw you, as I just use film as my digital capture medium. The lab scans it, stores the film and I get the images on disc. Let me repeat that. The lab stores all my film, and gives me digital files after processing. For someone like me, who has shot, on average, 3000 rolls of film per year for the last 5 years, having offsite archival storage and offsite backup of all my images is awesome.

    Several commercial photographers that I know also work this way, so it isn’t all that uncommon. For a better breakdown of this, check out Ken Rockwell’s write-up about it here:
    Specifically the part of that page with the heading, “Services for Pros.”

  3. posted by Ben on

    When you buy film at a store is it from a refrigerated case? Is it shippied on a refrigerated truck?

    Of course not because the turnover is so high.

    Do you think a professional photographer shooting 3K rolls of film annually might be turning it over fast enough that it just doesn’t matter?

  4. posted by CharlesP on

    A) I love this organizer. I have a garage with a split like that and I’ll have to think about using that middle area for storage like that (well, I’ll actually be using one whole half for storage of some stuff that’s waiting on our eminent move in the next year).

    B) When I was a photography student I was buying my pro-grade film from refrigerated cases and the film had been transported in refrigerated trucks. There is a jump, like any hobby going from hobbyist to professional, in the amount of care and work you put into X or Y because it makes enough difference at that level. The same applies to lenses, hobbyist can buy the $100-150 lens and get all the use they need out of it, pros will spend the $400-500 to get that little bump extra. Though the explanation that the garage is wine-cellar-esque would make sense for the refrigeration function I’d guess.

  5. posted by Fotografo Matrimonio on

    Wow full of things. Really organized. I like it…

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