For reasons I won’t bore you with now, my wife and I need to be rather careful regarding respiratory infections. I did my last model shoot 2020-03-08, shut everything down pro tem due to COVID. Amongst other projects, I used the time-out to undertake a fairly major refurbishment of my studio. I wanted to pursue my obsession with getting as much stuff off the floor as possible – and avoiding cables draped all over the show.
I also wanted to make the space as versatile as possible, so it can flip from being a studio, to an office to an auditorium and back again, with each transition taking less than five minutes. These days one cannot afford to have 25m² prime real estate lying around idle. Unsurprisingly, refurbishment took quite a lot of bloody hard work.
Amongst many other things, the upgrade included, in no particular order…
- Repairs to concrete floor.
- Stripped cleaned and painted walls, ceilings woodwork etc.
- Separate UPS to power GNU/Linux Media server, security cams, Ethernet switches etc. etc..
- Gigabit Ethernet.
- New high efficiency radiators and thermostatic valves.
- Wide-band aerial distribution – uses redundant TV aerial to “listen to the aeroplanes” on my computers – amongst many other things. 🙂
- IP security cameras.
- Raspberry Pi-4 GNU/Linux Zoneminder and WeeWX security/environment monitoring server – no moving parts an uses just 5 watts!!!
- That came about as a spin-off from another Raspberry n4 project that friends were working on at the end of 2020, to whom I am most grateful for their input and encouragement. 🙂
- Internal sensor cluster so WeeWX can also monitor, record and analyse temperature and relative humidity in here.
- Moving modems, routers and other ugly stuff etc. out to the garage and combining them all on a dedicated router rack.
- Radio/IP-controlled RGB-CCT LED lighting.
- Added carefully measured rows of M5 metric captive nuts to paper roll mounting plates so hangers can easily be moved to accommodate 3 metre vinyl instead of conventional 2.72 metre paper.
- Shed loads of 16mm spigots to mount studio lighting.
- Metal-cased, wall-mounted, 12 volt 15 amp + 5 volt 5 amp DC fused distribution board. This to replace all the sodding wallwarts I used to have lying around the place.
- Industrial flame-retardant “wheel-rated” carpet tiles.
A few snaps
Taken just before I started to put everything back…
However, I’m just about to fix that. After fairly extensive testing of the installation, I have three time-for-print fun shoots booked here over the next couple of months. Two new models plus a 21st anniversary shoot of an Italian lass I first shot back in June 2001. Problem now is that it’s been so long since I did a model shoot, I might need to Google which way round to hold the camera. 🙂