Photographical multiplication!

So … space is a premium? Especially when sometimes you feel like working from home … and the wife has clear rules about the amount of “photography stuff” you can bring home?

Small DIY studio – one of many versions available – this one is geared toward 360 Photography and small product shots.
Things to be accomplished:
- Must be easy to store/ assembly and disassembly
- Must be sturdy enough to allow a strobe to be mounted directly on the frame
- Must be modular – if I want only one “wall” then that must be possible

So, after considering my needs and checking various “storing” places, my base ended up being 55×70 and 110cm high.

List of things needed:
Wood dowels (I choose wood for rigidity and convenience but I am sure that there are plastic pipes just as rigid) and PVC pipe fittings – you will have to get matching diameters – is best to mix and match on the spot in the store
Small metal furniture (table) legs (IKEA :) (the inner diameter of the tube must be a bit smaller than the diameter of the dowels)
White and black material and a selection of colored ones


So basically you start by screwing the base from the small furniture legs in the 4 corners of the plywood, remove the plastic ends from the legs and fit inside 4 dowels (you end-up with 4 “spears” that can be used for other various necessities).
There are 3 way PVC pipe fittings that can be used directly … for some reason I couldn’t find any so I had to improvise a bit.
Screw in the legs and connect the sides … you have your “light box”
The fabric that covers the sides has simple ribbons/tapes sewn on it in order to attach it to the poles
The top can be covered directly with fabric and the gravity will keep it in place.

Now … what can you house in such a setup?
A multiplication station?

7-Bottles-2Well … let’s add 2 mirrors and a black glass, one bottle, one martini glass , a slice of “sun” and see what can we do with it!
First … let’s brush up our mathematical knowledge a bit here:
It will be required when will try to cut out a slice from a plastic sphere at the desired angle.
Varying the angle between the mirrors will get you as many reflections as you want.


Your problem is … the other reflections – the ones you don’t want … so you get rid of them by light-proofing the “box”
It takes a bit of trial and error when it comes to the positioning of the light source (one strobe will suffice) and you will have to remove in post-processing some stray reflections and the image of your camera. (Careful placement will minimize the work later)mirror-box-3

The camera will be placed inside or, depending on the size of the setup/camera, you can cut out a hole in the  covering fabric.

Word of advice – Buy if you can find/afford mirrors with the reflective layer on the  front of the glass,  not on the back of it – it will eliminate the double reflections.

And … clean the mirrors and the black glass very well before you start shooting – be extra careful with the dust – inside every little speck will be perfectly visible!!
Decide wisely what to put in the middle – that item will center and unify the composition!

So … this is how you get more from little … in photography!

PS: the blue version was not “cleaned up” … you see? I speak from experience … clean the setup before hand! :D




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