Photographing small objects — things to sell on eBay, DIY projects you want to show off — with even lighting and good contrast can be quite tricky. Use this guide to turn household objects into a tabletop studio for well-lit small object photos.
You don't need to spend a lot of money on a commercial table top studio and expensive lights to get great results. The nice thing about shooting small inanimate objects is that it's easy to fuss with them and they don't get upset if the shoot takes too long or the lights are too hot. Tinkerer John De Cristofaro shares an easy to imitate setup that involves little more than some basic PVC pipe, lightweight MDF board, white paper, bright household lights and some mirrors to bounce light about. Check out the video below to see a comparison shots of his setup with varying amounts of light added.
Although he uses PVC pipe and some MDF board to stiffen the studio, you could easily improvise with stuff from around your home like a sturdy cardboard box, wine crate or other large rectangular object. Visit the link below for tips and tricks on making the most out of your nearly-free table top studio. If you already have a flash, check out this $US10 tabletop macro studio.