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Over the weekend our latest eBay purchase turned up, in the shape of a rather spiffy portable studio.

It's a collapsible translucent white cube which allows us to have a neutral background and smooth, diffuse illumination for close-up photography of objects. We need it to do product shots for reviews and articles. The coffee or kitchen tables aren't really the best of places for product photography, and, well, you can imagine the states of our desks!

So, of course, I've been having a play. It came with a choice of light or dark backgrounds, but I've just been using a piece of white paper as a backdrop for my initial experiments, with a range of ornaments from around the house:

Heart Of Glass Netsuke Kitty
Glass Vortex
Labradorite Blues

A rather useful device, and something that will require much more experimentation. However, I'm quite pleased with the original results.

Next: some lights to improve the illumination.
These all used natural light in our front room


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Aug. 8th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
oh! when you said you were getting one, I thought you meant a recording studio; I've got one of those light box things, but I haven't really had time to play with it yet.
Aug. 8th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I can see where the confusion may arise!
Aug. 8th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
these aren't to scale, BTW
large glass heart from a gallery in Bellevue
fox netsuke from Raven's Nest, Pike Place market, Seattle
glass orb from the same glass gallery
labdorite, almost certainly from Brazil or Madagascar, bought somewhere in the UK

spot the odd one out!
Aug. 8th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I want one. Of course, most of the 'product shots' I've done have been for eBay, where having the kitchen table in view is a positive virtue.
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