Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY tabletop photography

It occurred to me that I can use my white plastic Ikea waste bin for table top photos.

The idea is that you place your subject in a white enclosure and shoot it with a lot of flash, where the light will diffuse nicely around the subject.

I got some unexpected results and found that some objects worked better than others in this set up. With a bit of experimenting most problems work themselves out eventually.

A lemon worked ok, but a much bigger orange did not have sufficient room to get illuminated evenly.

Perspective worked well too, so long as there was sufficient white space around them.

A big-ish ornamental box worked ok, but a much smaller crystal trinket washed out.

Macro reverse ring adapter

Today I received my macro reverse ring via ebay. It is a DSLR adapter that lets you flip your regular lens back to front for shooting macro. The most striking result is when you take a wide lens, or zoom wide, as it lets you get really close to the subject. 

After going outside to try to shoot flowers and plants on a windy day, I found that the opposite was more useful, that is the table top. After experimenting, I found that high F with longer exposure works best to overcome a very intolerant depth of field, so keeping very still was key.

My conclusion is that this is not something to bother with for general close ups and everyday macros. But considering that the ring adapter costed under $10, it is worth having it in the gear bag for when a relevant opportunity comes up.