Yeah - I know I could google it but I'd like to hear some real opinons from
actual woodworkers. :) I don't have a good place to photograph furniture
I've built. Garage is too messy, bed / living rooms are to dark. I need
some (cheap) lighting solution which would work for occasional photography
sessions for pieces I've built.
Home grown would be the cheapest. But I'd also consider buying an
inexpensive setup that works well.
Leon's closed garage door would work, not very pretty though. There are
several ways you could make it prettier; here are a couple...
1. drape sheets or other material from it
2. buy a roll paper background
Paper rolls come up to at least 12' wide by 36' long. The length is so it
can be extended horizontally under the subject to give a seamless effect.
You would have to rig a couple of stands with a crosspiece to support the
roll. 2" PVC would support it OK, so would electrical conduit. Sand bags
are often used to weight down the stands.
Out of doors, just use the available light, picking the time of day when
it is best. Overcast days are easy, nice even light. It is easy to
augment the available light with reflectors to fill in or accent.
Crumpled aluminum foil stapled/taped to cardboard is all you need.
Mirrors work to but are harder to control.
Lighting inside is easy...100 watt bulbs should work fine. They would
give a harsh light but a white sheet suspended 3' - 4' in front will
soften it. You could also put them in inexpensive reflectors either to
use as direct light or to bounce light off the ceilings and/or walls.
In all cases, avoid front light. You want light from a direction so that
the shape of the object is delineated; use front light only to soften
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