A tiny studio

A tiny studio

– doesn’t require a lot of gear or effort to set up. Here’s what I use for photographing most small objects, including the pocket knife image used for this post.

  • A window with diffuse light, in my case I built a shelf under this one, as it has a day night blind.
  • Timber offcuts  assembled into a upside down “T” with a small bulldog clip to hold the background paper.
  • Some plain A3 paper for the background
  • A small reflector to get some detail back in the shadows
  • A camera and for me that will usually be a digital SLR on a tripod but this setup should work with a phone or compact camera.

Here is a hasty image of it in action. It’s a great way way to work when the outside is uninviting and takes up very little space so you can leave it up.

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Foo dogs and laneways

Foo dogs and laneways

A selection of images of Melbourne starting from the top of end of Chinatown and working my way down to Flinders Street via the smaller streets and lanes.

 

I walk past the two pairs of Foo dogs on the way to work most days and I have always admired the detail in them The metal and stone introduce their own qualities when you look at the detail in the manes. I also take different routes during lunch through the less popular lanes, so I had a rough idea of my route before I set off.

The weather was not great but the diffused light worked well for me. Starting my walk from the edge of the city meant fewer people to contend with and I will try heading out from the centre next time.

 

Project update – Abandoned and worn

Project update – Abandoned and worn

All the necessary things fell into place to do a more serious session with the old tools I had collected. Since I had worked out the macro images I decided to start with them. There was also a new item that got separated from the group, so I thought I would share that this week.

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These were all made in late afternoon full sun that provided a lot of light to work with but that also meant shadows. That is not a bad thing for these images as the shadows provided a bit of separation from the background but I like to see some detail in them.

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I placed a large white reflector on the shadow side to put some details in the shadows. I also tried using that reflector to diffuse the light. These three images show the difference. The diffused light has very soft shadows and was a little too much, resulting an a flat lighting. The reflector was the best approach for what I wanted.

With the other tools, I repeated several of the compositions I shared previously. I made those previous images handheld and one thing I had not considered was getting the camera in the same position while on a tripod. That is proving to be difficult.