Introduction: Improvised Lighting Setup (Goodbye Tents!)

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Want to take quality photos? All you need are a bunch of office supplies and your point and shoot camera!

Ever wondered how people take pictures with a white backgrounds?
Usually, professional photographers use miniature tents with a white cloth hanging around the back. These tents costs around $20 to $90. I thought it was impractical to buy one, that's why I thought of an Idea of using household materials and office supplies to build myself a "DIY Lighting Studio". It didn't even cost me a penny!

The "DIY Lighting Studio" will give a professional white background effect, ideal for advertising products, making tutorials, shooting youtube videos or simply for taking pictures of your projects.

BTW, the picture above is my "Mini Sumobot (500g Prototype)" running for the national robotics competition.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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You Will Need:
- SLR/ Point & Shoot Camera (mine: Canon G9)
- White Cartolina (28" x 22" Calf Vellum Paper) 
- Masking Tape
- 12" Straight Ruler
- 45° Triangle
- Table Desk Lamp
- Floorstanding Lamp
- Flat Desk  (near wall)

Step 2: Taping the Top Portion of the Paper (Cartolina)

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Simply tape your cartolina on your wall. 

Step 3: Preparing the Cartolina Paper (Round Edge)

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This is the important part. The infinity effect is caused by the round edge of the paper. It's a bad idea to bend 90°.

Step 4: Tape the Bottom (final View of the Tapes)

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Finally tape the bottom portion of the paper (cartolina). 

Step 5: Lighting Position

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Use two lamps, position them on both sides of your subject. Make sure shadows don't show up.

Step 6: Camera Settings

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Use your camera's manual function. I'm using a Canon G9, play with the aperture settings, you'll get the hang of it!

Step 7: Sample Images

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Here are some cool photos taken from my "DIY Lighting Studio" using a canon G9 camera. Have fun, use it for making instructable guides!


kevin_28 (author)2015-11-07

angel kahit anong ilaw ba ung gamitin ko

Yonatan24 (author)2015-09-25

That's a really good idea! I never thought of using paper as a white background

Maybe it could also be possible to use a bunch of these (link below) as really cheap lighting that surrounds the paper!

TP_inc (author)2013-12-25

got a camera for christmas so i am going to make this here's a picture of my camera

randofo (author)2013-01-04

That's a nice improvised setup.

ASCAS (author)randofo2013-03-25


bone2001 (author)2013-01-10

lol picture of a camera

Tomdf (author)2013-01-03

Nice, I use almost the exact same setup but I by pure coincidence I had put a cork-board behind the table and then realized I could use it to pin the paper too.
I didn't realize that robot was to tiny until seeing it these pictures.

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