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Easy Photography Set Up

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Trying to make your photos look professional? A good set up can make subpar photos look fantastic. Here is a quick write up of how we at instructables did our simple set up for smaller projects!

Want a light diffuser to go with it, check out this instructable by carleyy
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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For this project you will need:

2 Broom hanging brackets. I used these as the holding hooks.
1 long piece of steel pipe, this was found on the instructables roof

For the back drop paper we used 18% gray photo paper from the photography store. You can use a roll of butcher paper if you don't have the photo paper.

Step 2: Put up the Brackets

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First step put up the brackets, they should be drilled into a stud for stability if you can.

We placed the brackets about 6 feet apart because our paper roll was 5 feet, adjust this as needed.

Step 3: Put up the pipe

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Once the brackets are up, put the pipe up and check if its balanced.

Step 4: Put up the paper and done!

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Once you have the pipe up, take it off and slide the tube of photo paper on it and you're done!

We completed our photo set up by purchasing a daylight bulb and making a quick diffuser out of tissue paper!

Show us your photo set ups in the comments!
glazzEye8 months ago
Thank you for the instructable. Getting good product photos has always been a challenge for me, and this will help. However, could you provide more information on what kind of bulb you used? Incandescent? Compact fluorescent? Plus, what are the watts/lumens?
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guitar753 years ago
I use a similar setup for taking pictures to sell items on the internet. I used a roll of 3' wide banner paper marketed by the Elmers glue company that I purchased at Walmart. For lighting I use a few desktop goose neck lamps with the daylight CFL bulbs. Works great.
WurdBendur3 years ago
Very nice. This is more-or-less exactly the setup my sculpture professor had. Excet he hung up an entire roll of paper so he could pull more down when it got worn or dirty. He used black paper instead of white because it looks nice when you're emphasizing light and shadow.
bertus52x113 years ago
Simple and very effective. I like it!
Could you tell what the power of the lamp is? (Watts)
A 40-60 watt ( or equivalent fluorescent/led) would probably be a pretty good level for something like this but it ultimately would depend on your preferences and how much natural light you have coming into the room. Also, you may want to consider getting a bright white type bulb ( such as a "Daylight" fluorescent bulb) as it will give better color quality and the photo won't come out slightly yellow.
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