Here’s my functional if not your typical photo studio. It is sitting on a glass-topped coffee table. When I take my photos, I sit on the floor with legs outstretched under the table – not typical by any means, but easy on my back and I am as stable as I’m going to be. I can hold the camera resting it on the floor of the box if I need to.
The box is a large plastic storage tub with the hinged lid removed. Reiner spray-painted the interior to enhance reflected light. At the bottom left hand side of the box are three pieces that I use for supporting my subjects. The mineral tack and plastic mineral display stand I rarely use. What I do make good use of is the small wedge-shaped styrofoam. And often I don’t use any support other than the curved portion of the backing. Shown in this shot as a black piece of thick art board flexible enough to bend into place. It is held at the bottom by thumb tacks and at the top by the ridge of the tub. I use thin sheets of artists’ sketch paper on top of the black and interchange the backing as suits the mineral, but I shoot most of the specimens on white.
I also make great use of editing software to eliminate any grotesque and intrusive supporting bits. Not always, as you can plainly see from the shots I’ve posted. Lately though, I have become more sensitive to what features make a good picture, and mineral tack is not one of them!
What is also not show here is a piece of what card stock that I use on the left-hand side to reflect light. I used to have a fourth lamp, but I had use for it elsewhere in the house and I never got around to replacing it in the “studio.”
Posted in response to overwhelming public demand. Thanks, Jennifer. 😉
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