Show us your workspace

#TravelTuesday is still based at home! I’m Dave Williams, here again on to bring some motivation and inspiration, and this week, I’ve reached out to see what the photographic community is doing. Specifically, I asked to see people’s “work from home” setups. During these challenging times, creativity is amazing for mindfulness because it gives us a mental release from the physical confines of lockdown. Here in the UK, it’s a government-mandated lockdown, but I realize that a lot of you may be on a self-imposed lockdown instead. Whichever it is, I hope you’re all safe and sound, and keeping yourselves busy and productive until this is all over.

Let’s dive in to take a look at each other’s work-from-home situations, and please feel free to post your own (don’t forget to tag @idavewilliams and @kelbyonepics on Instagram so we can see!).

Here’s Victoria Pavlov’s situation…

This is my office/studio. In here, I work on my digital art, recording tutorials and streaming live.

Chris White’s setup…

It’s a very simple setup with 15” MacBook Pro and Magic Mouse. If I could add one item it would definitely be a Wacom tablet.

Stephen Brkich working from home…

I am working on some bird Images from a walk in a local park last Sunday. A few friends from our local Photo Club and I just had to get out of the house and do something. Yes, we social distanced. My dream item would be a better printer. I have the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.

Tim Wallace’s new setup…

Still using my cheese grater and NEC Spectraview monitors, wouldn’t be without them. Every camera I’ve ever shot on and still do, and a decent amount of desk space. Being creative needs the right space and this is what works for me. Light when I want it to be, flick the blinds and it’s dark, or anywhere in between, and all the lamps can have their Kelvin colour temperature adjusted for what I’m doing. My wife and I designed the white wall unit, and we had that built bespoke for the use and the space. I wouldn’t add anything if I’m honest. It’s a recent refurb and the timing was an epic good choice given the current situation. I hate clutter, and yes, I’m neat but that’s because I have CDO, which is like OCD but the letters are better organised. I’m a creative, which means OCD comes with the territory as do the highs and lows we all get. A good space is a good investment.

Abe Curland’s B&H setup…

I have a Dell XPS. A Dell monitor and a BenQ monitor. I have a Brother laser printer, Samsung T5 2TB, 5TB G-drive, and 3 TB Seagate. My dream item? Not sure. Maybe a RAID system. Or a comfortable chair!

Rosie Kerin’s situation…

Terry White has some excellent training videos, though it’s a bit too tech for me. I’ll get a tech geek to help. Perhaps adding some lighting and another mic. Unfortunately, we are on lockdown so I cannot go out to chat with the experts. I brought another screen and set it up about two weeks ago. It’s a second-hand screen. I guess I”d like a brand new one someday. However, the computer came first.

Speaking of Terry White…

You can find out all about this set up here.

Now, Stephanie Richer…

My workspace is my digital darkroom, as well as a place to escape. The only limit is my imagination. I have my PC and my Wacom tablet. There are also some other items I keep there for sentimental value. From left to right: an empty Celebrations candy tin I use to hold odds and ends, left at my house by Cathy Baitson; my “St. Whitney Houston” candle given to me by my wedding photography partner, Ryan Martin (private joke involving the song “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” when they play it at weddings we shoot); a statuette of a wee nun, Sr. Bokehlaureate, holding a camera; an ever-present coffee mug from the WWII Museum in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, and in honor of my Dad who lived through three invasions during that war; a birthday plant from my beloved husband that I have managed to keep alive, so far; and a postcard from another photographer and travel partner, Tammy Lee. Even the pen on the pad has significance—I always use a Pilot G-2 blue ink pen, because it was the pen that passed numerous tests when I was trying to decide which to use when I took the California bar examination back in the day (and as a lawyer, I always had signatures on legal documents in blue ink, so as to be able to distinguish original documents from copies). My dream item for this setup would have to be a full list of scheduled weddings and portrait sessions so I can work! And right now, I am working to make that happen as soon as this COVID cr*p ends!

My side of the pond, here’s Stewart Chambers’ situation…

First point: I’m very much an amateur photographer so this setup is more to facilitate home working than photography workflow. Desk – usual IKEA job Chair – out of shot but probably one of the most important things – new mesh seated one from a local supplier (support local!) rated for 8hrs+ office work. Mac Mini – new gen one running an SSD for O/S and two attached Lacie SSD for storage. Usual Apple wireless keyboard and mouse Monitor – LG 27UL650 27″ 4K UHD IPS LED Calibration – Xrite i1 Display Pro. Wacom Intuos (in drawer) for when I do dabble with Lightroom. Logitech speakers and webcam Blue Snowball mic (aiming to build up some kit for better quality video conferencing and YouTube broadcast). Brother colour printer (chosen for bulk rather than print quality as my wife is a trainee teacher so we print a lot of resources). Canon Selphy portable printer for those times when you want to get a print done for the kids’ album or for friends to take away. Dream item – currently a Magewell 32040 USB Capture HDMI Plus to connect the Fuji Xt3 up and finish the basic OBS setup. Although a Mac Pro would be the real dream item but unlikely budget would ever allow that as an amateur.

Sir Kevin Scott’s setup…

What am I’m rocking? Mostly my FT job lately, but headshots and updates to my wedding portfolio. Dream items: new MacBook Pro 16″ and a Wacom Cintiq tablet.

Duncan Ferguson at home…

HP ProBook that I got from my old job, HP hi-def monitor, fancy new camera, got myself a Canon M50 with 18-150mm lens. Tarted up my workspace with a leather pad to save the desk and popped one of my camping lights behind the screen to save my eyes. Got a hefty speaker behind there too. Ideally, want to ditch the laptop and go full iPad Pro!

Deb Uscilka is all about…

At my previous job, I taught online classes from home, so I required an extensive setup to facilitate the sessions. Fast forward to my current position at TJX (parent company to TKMaxx, TJMaxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and more) as an Instructional Designer/Learning Architect. Up until three weeks ago, I worked in the office every day. Along comes a global virus, and here I am back at home. Fortunately, a renovation wrapped up recently, so I could reassemble my studio/office and hit the ground running.
As a photographer and gadget-lover, I already had some tech gear to help facilitate my switching to a home office. I love Logitech devices, so you’ll see quite a few here. I have a dual-monitor setup at my desk at work, but I just got a new Dell 4k monitor; thank goodness! One issue that I have is I have run out of room for my Wacom 5 Touch on my desk. And I really need a docking station, but I’m finding it hard to find one that is USB-C and supports dual USB-C monitors, as I may get another monitor later.

Rob Kennedy in Ireland…

Can you spot all the KelbyOne going on here? Rob says: Okay…I was going to tidy up first but I thought “feck’s too short.” 🤣 I even left the JD Presentation box that fell off the edge of the top shelf!! Please don’t judge me too harshly…I’ve always been Mr.Messy. Okay…2019 27.5″ iMac 5K Retina screen, 3.7GHz 6 Core i5. 40Gb RAM with Radeon Pro 580X 8GB Video Card. 2Tb Fusion Drive. This is the one thing I had to compromise on. I just could not afford to pay Apple’s crazy price for SSD HDD’s so went for the Fusion Drive. Upgraded the memory myself from the base 8gb.
Other stuff on my desk – Wacom Intuous Pro Medium 2017 model I think. Could NOT function properly without it.
Multiple portable external drives, a couple are SSD, which I use for editing files before transferring to one of the slower drives for archiving. My dream item right now would be some kind of Raid Drive system that I could add drives to when needed. Actually, looked at them at last years Photography show, but just don’t have the budget for a decent one yet :-)

Ben and Brigitte have…

Brigitte and I are running a 2013 iMac which apart from the RAM (than can be upgraded after purchase) was maxed out when I bought it…which is why we’re still able to run a 2013 iMac.

Our main monitor is the iMac display, which isn’t as great as later models but it still does what we need it to. The secondary monitor is a BenQ and comes in handy as a place to keep either app panels, such as Premier Pro timelines, Photoshop toolbars etc., or it’s great to keep a web browser open so we can follow along with Kelby One classes.

The iPad Pro was bought to take editing away from the desktop and take advantage of the Apple Pencil. There are a bunch of great mobile editing apps out there, such as Affinity Photo, ProCreate, or Adobe Photoshop. All of which have their pros and cons. The main con is the learning curve that comes with learning new software when all you want to do is get on with editing. My day job is pretty intense so when I get home all I want to do is either chill out or create something. Time for learning new software is pretty minimal (unless there’s a global pandemic going on).

My tablet is the Huion H610 Pro. I use a Wacom at work but I can’t quite justify the price tag of a Wacom especially when there are brands such as Huion who make such great alternatives for a fraction of the price. Also, I say ‘my’ tablet because as much as I try, Brigitte still won’t give tablets the chance they deserve.

My dream piece of non-Photographic or video related kit would have to be a new Mac Book Pro. Whilst the 2013 iMac has done us well, it’s nearly 7 years old and is starting to show it’s age. I’m used to 4/5k displays and TVs now so whilst the 2013 display isn’t bad, my eyes notice the difference when looking at details. I do a lot of video work too and want to do more for myself so the better CPUs and GPUs would be a huge bonus. It also can’t do a few bits that I would like it to, such as sidecar with my iPad Pro, I can’t take it anywhere (even downstairs to the sofa would be nice), and I would LOVE to be able to shoot tethered, which unless I drag a 27″ iMac around, ain’t gonna happen!

Jack Koskowsky is rocking…

So my at-home setup consists of 2 iMacs. My primary production system is a 2017 model. It has 40 GB of RAM, a 1 TB internal drive and 2 Western Digital external drives. One of the two externals is used for my photo library. The other is used for a backup. The backup is partitioned as a 3 TB & 1 TB. I use Carbon Copy Cloner to back up the photo library. I use Apple’s Time Machine to back up the internal. The second iMac is a 2010 model with a 1 TB internal drive and 8 GB of RAM. This is my former production machine. Today, I primarily use it for watching training videos. It’s great to have a KelbyOne class on that machine while I work through a class on my production system. The two dream items to add to them would be a Wacom tablet and a disk array. I’m comfortable with my present back-up solution but feel the disk array would provide me additional reliability. PS: I also use Backblaze to do regular backups of my photo library to the cloud.

Clare Jones is using…

My sports photography has stopped so I’ve decided to use my time to do a few things. Every day I am posting a photo starting with the last game I shot before the lockdown. Saints played Worcester, which just happened to be my 400th game as Saints’ tog. If you check @redhatphoto on Twitter you’ll see what I mean. The second thing I am doing is really understanding Photoshop by practicing doing things – I’m a Lightroom user who only occasionally ventures into Photoshop. The screen on the right is my first go at really working with layers. And lastly, I am learning about creating photo books because I want to create one for this season. My dream item for my study is a mounted photo of Saints winning something in 2020 taken by me. Because that would be I’m back in harness and Saints have more silverware.

Alan Hess shows his rock-star office…

Home office…or as I like to call it, my office. Main computers are a 2018 MacBook Pro with the apple keyboard. The external monitor is an old apple LED Thunderbolt Display 27”. Wacom intros pro medium. Logitech webcam. Blue Yeti microphone. (Looks like it is just flowing in there, but is attached to an arm that swings out of the way.) An OWC thunderbolt 3 dock. On the right-hand side is an older Mac mini and Apple cinema display 23″.
That machine is for backups and runs Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, etc., basically the noise generating machine while I work. Epson scanner, all the books I wrote or edited, Jerry Garcia bobblehead from Dave Clayton, mints, memory cards, storage under the desk for cables, camera cleaning stuff, etc. Really need a new monitor. Everything else works great and very happy working here.

Christopher Georgia shares this rig…

We all have our own shape and size, and our own needs for our situation. Having seen these setups from around the world, kindly sent in by each of the photographers, I hope you find that just as you have “dream items” missing from your office, so do all of us. We all work hard to produce awesome images from different workspaces, and it’s not all about the kit— it’s about the skill and creativity of who’s using it.

Don’t forget, I’ve made 31 of my RAW files available for you to play with. They’re available for download here.

Much love

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