Budget Photographic Micro-studio





Introduction: Budget Photographic Micro-studio

A simple, low-cost setup for small item pack & product shots. It smooths the lighting, gives a white background and is very easy to make.

Get your eBay or Instructables photography looking good, for next to nothing. Or shoot those expensive jewellery items quickly and easily, for your home insurance policy records.

Example photograph shown here: a bakelite Bilora BOY camera, made in around 1952.

Step 1: The Whole Thing

A good, clear picture sells items, whether on eBay or elsewhere. You really don't need to spend hundreds on professional studio equipment just to make quick snapshots of small items, as you can see here.

A translucent plastic storage tub placed in the shade, plus a sheet of smooth, white paper, with a plastic clamp to keep it curved, are all that's required to isolate the background, even out the lighting and give a clean looking product shot -- all in under five minutes, and for less than the price of a digital photography magazine.

Change the paper for a coloured background if you need one.

If you don't have a clamp, use a clothes peg (pin), sticky tape or Blu-tak.



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    this a great idea, these plastic boxes are cheap and you could use it to keep flash tools.

    This is really handy when you need to edit the whole background, especially in Photoshop with the magic wand tool for, say, when I put my items on eBay, I select the whole background and turn it yellow so it stands out in a list. I just put some sheets of blank printer paper on a table near a window, and lay my item down on it, but with your method, I suppose I can get better (and more even) lighting.

    A faster method for your background (and if you don't have Photoshop) is to use a coloured background for your photo ;)

    I have a pack of coloured cardboard folders to use for my ebay books- opened out, they make a good-sized background for books. I just pick a contrasting colour (yellow, blue or green- the red looks yuck). Of course, these have a fold line; you could buy a few sheets of coloured card for a few dollars.

    Good idea, thanks. If you are handy with a steam iron, fabrics can help avoid those fold lines.

    Thanks, Aeshir. Yes, even lighting at the taking stage certainly reduces the amount of time needed in Photoshop post-production.

    Thanks for this idea- definitely going to try this one!

    Good thanks. I'd like to see how things turn out for you.

    what kind of camera is that

    It's a brown, bakelite "Bilora Boy", which was produced by Bilora ( Kürbi & Niggeloh) in 1950 - 1952.