In this case product photography. A few days ago I posted about my great grand father’s watch Here. The pictures are nothing to write home about as I screwed up the lighting.
I thought that I would share the little studio I built for taking pictures of small stuff and some of my previous efforts.
Here’s how I set up originally.
This was built using 1/2 in PVC pipe that I picked up at Home depot, pre cut, along with some fittings. I didn’t even need to cut the pipe. None of it is glued together so the whole thing can be torn down and put in a bucket. The reflecting background is a piece of roofing tin from work done on the house that happened to be white, but a piece of cardstock or heavy paper would do as well. The lights are just standard socket reflector lamps that I inherited from my grandmother, but you can pick those up just about anywhere.
When I set it up, originally, I played around with lighting using some anime figures and other small objects to see how it worked. Here are some of the figure pics.
I was trying to avoid using flash, because flash can wipe away detail and shadow. One thing I really need to try is stronger light bulbs and working with white balance to see if I can kill some of the yellow. Also finding gels for the lamps will help. Here’s some more stuff.
The ceramic clown was something I picked up to sell on ebay that didn’t sell that my mother liked and held onto. Because it’s so reflective it’s useful as a challenging lighting subject if you are trying to kill glare. The metal bottle is an old refillable soda bottle again bought for ebay and not sold. It’s useful as a subject because metal can be hard to photograph, especially if it’s curved.
Here’s the setup I used to shoot the watch and some other stuff that’s coming.
One thing that’s clear is that there is a LOT of room for improvement and creativity here. which is part of why you try new things. I’m not a photography pro, but by trial and error, mostly error I’m getting better. Most importantly, I’m learning new skills and having fun doing it.