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DIY Mini Studio (Macro & Close-up Items)

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by Mart61, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Mart61


    Dec 23, 2006
    Camberley, UK
    Just thought I'd show you a little studio I made by doing a couple of minor mods to a storage carton I bought from my local supermarket (Sainsbury).

    It's made from a white translucent corrugated plastic. It was a little too large for what I wanted so I cut it down to around 9"x9"x13". I then used a couple of mini halogen desklamps to illuminate the box from the outside, a piece of printer paper as a backdrop and fired a couple of test shots.

    The lights are not ideal as there is still some shadowing so I may look for an alternative. Still, the box cost me £4.99 and, for such a small investment, it's not bad eh?

    Here's a couple of the test shots then a shot of the studio:

    NIKON D300    ---    55mm    f/22.0    1/4s    ISO 200

    NIKON D300    ---    55mm    f/11.0    1/13s    ISO 200

    NIKON D300    ---    22mm    f/5.0    1/60s    ISO 200

    Oh, and here's one lit only with an off-camera SB-600 fitted with the DIY Beauty Dish I showed in an earlier post:

    NIKON D300    ---    55mm    f/11.0    1/60s    ISO 200
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  2. I honestly don't mind some shadows, because for many subjects, they give a necessary feel of depth. That's a .nice, cheap little set-up.
  3. Bellanova


    Sep 9, 2008
    That is a great simple and super CHEAP setup! And best of all it works!

    Great images!
  4. nice,. good for thinking 'inside the box' :smile:
  5. Mart61


    Dec 23, 2006
    Camberley, UK
    Thanks for the comments guys. My daughter bought me a pair of daylight spotlamps for my birthday. I hope to put them to the test this weekend
  6. rocketliv

    rocketliv Guest

    Great set up!! I have a client that paints wooden letters for nurseries and her pictures are awful! They do not do her beautiful work justice at all! I need to build something like this for her!
  7. Loki_D_Wolf

    Loki_D_Wolf Guest

    I'm broke!

    For the budget photographer that is a great setup! And what motorcycle is that? And is that a Scorpion pipe on it?
  8. Mart61


    Dec 23, 2006
    Camberley, UK
    Thanks - and it's an XJR1300 with Scorpion cans...

  9. Loki_D_Wolf

    Loki_D_Wolf Guest

    Ride on

    Very kool my friend. Very kool. :cool: 
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