It’s nearly spring cleanup/fix up time.I’m limiting my spring action to probing the back of the refrigerator to dislodge jars of forgotten spaghetti sauce.But for those that will spend in excess of 150 million dollars on home improvements this year in the US, it’s time to get to work. The do-it-yourself crowd spends zillions of dollars and has created a multitude of businesses on-line and on the street to sell everything from fixtures to classes in building additions. Websites, magazines... continue reading
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I just had my first taste of isolated photography, and I wanted to share just how easy it can be to try it out, even well before you attempt to produce any high quality shots.I used very few simple tools I literally had in my backpack.1. An old canon powershot 120, a small but capable camera.2. My notebook as a white background.3. Cell phones flash for extra light.4. Random bits and pieces, in my case a bullet, dice and poker chip.I was sitting on a tree(literally) when I wondered about... continue reading
If, like me, you're on a budget, any innovative ideas to create your own equipment for next to nothing is worthwhile looking at.Diyphotography.net has a huge resource of info on photography as well as DIY projects that can be made with everyday things.You can't replace expensive studio equipment with something equal in result but lower in price, that's true enough.But when you don't have the choice or opportunity, you get creative and sometimes the results can be surprising.If you have... continue reading
Recently I came across a blog article about how to make a cheap studio for macro photography. The idea is pretty simple. Take a cardboard box, slice three of its sides and glue the tissue paper on them. Inside the box put a nice long black/white sheet and you are ready with your homemade studio. The results are way too better than I initially thought.(More photos on my portfolio)I am pretty pleased with the results. If you haven't got your stdio yet, give it a try! continue reading
To take pictures of small items, I constructed a simple light box using white A4 papers.The crude sample of the box links hereNext put it on a glass coffee table.I used two flashes, one aiming the lights from below to eliminate shadows and illuminate the object/ A4 box bottom part.I aimed the other one from above the A4 box as fill in flash to light up the object. For seamless look, slide in unfold A4 paper to fit in the box and put the object on it.Finally,I use Lightroom to... continue reading
Like many of us, sometimes we dont have that much cash to burn to make good photos.I was trying to take pictures of strawberries (and a few other things) over white background and from my research, it seems I have to have a few things, namely, a light tent and multiple strobes.I dont want to spend more money than I have to, since I was saving up to buy a wide angle lens at that time so after thinking about it for a while I went to Ikea and bought a white laundry basket, and 3 table lamps which... continue reading
I continue my struggle to produce video content and this time I made a short video about how to create a seamless white or whatever color background in seconds virtually free. I hope you will like the idea and use it . I use it every time I am taking pictures of small objects - here are some samples made with this setup .Youtube link to the video - DIY Seamless white background continue reading
Hey guys,Just finished writing the last blog post in a set about converting my garage into a photo studio. You can read the post at my blog twcdm.blogspot.comHere is part of that blog post:"Well, if you are wondering what I have been up to lately I have been working my butt off getting this project finished. We started this project back in April and are just now wrapping it up four months later. As fun as it has been I'm really looking forward to being able to spend a couple weekends not... continue reading
Hey all,Just finished writing the second part of the "converting my garage to a photo studio" on my blog twcdm.blogspot.comHere is an abridged version of my blog post.If you dont already know I am in the process of converting my garage into a photo studio/office. Here is the latest update.In phase one we moved everything we could out of the garage and built a shed to store it in along with buying a canopy to park our car under.Phase two was all about getting that garage door down... continue reading
After months of trying to come up with a solution to my lack of studio space I have come up with an idea...drum roll please...I am converting my garage into my new office/photo studio!My current office/studio is a little over 10x10' and my wife also has a desk and computer set up in there, needless to say its a little cramped. You try adding a model or two and it starts getting silly. I can waste half a day just taking out enough junk out of my office and setting up to take photos.I know a... continue reading
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