I recently posted about Photographing Objects using some tarot cards as my test object. In that post, I mentioned some of the improvements that I wanted to make to my home-made set up. Well, here they are!
With the day’s tasks done, and the weather outside unstable, working on indoor projects is the thing to do today. The exception: a quick trip to the discount store to get a few items:
- velcro (with the sticky back)
- coloured scrapbook heavy-weight sheets
- coloured plastic document holders
My home made photo box is meant to stage my objects only. To make it, I cut approximately one-inch lengths of the velcro. I attached the “softer” side to the foam core pieces, uncut, that will become the “sides” of my box. The rougher pieces will act as a hinge to secure the sides to each other.
As the backing will likely fall off the strip I use to join my two sides, I will likely find a piece of cloth (because it will be pliable) to replace it and avoid sticky situations.
I decided not to velcro the bottom piece – it’s not really necessary. I can then set up the items I want in my new box :
Now I can have some fun!
I decided to use an orangey coloured paper to place my miniature glass on; and, to accentuate the orange colour, I picked an orange, plastic document holder to place in front of my speed-light (in lieu of a proper colour gel to remain on budget). Since I decided that I wanted a light source close to the glass, I went with the speed-light instead of the Metz flash heads. I also wanted to challenge myself with using only one light source, the speed-light. Make that two light sources if we count my over-head light.
Now that I have had my fun, up-loaded my photo, written this… I can fill the glass with a little something, sit back…. and think about how I will improve on this project.