As I have mentioned to a few people who have commented on my blog lately, I have recently returned to college and started a photography course. Whilst trying to find out some more information about working in a studio, and using different styles of lighting, I came across a method of setting up a very basic home ‘studio’.
Basically, all you require is two or three white boards, (for the backdrop, sides and base – you can, of course, use any colour board), and a desktop spotlight, with a wee bit of tissue paper. The tissue paper is taped on to the spotlight opening (obviously don’t leave this unattended, it is a fire risk!), and this acts as a diffuser, to give a much softer light. The above photo, which consists of one wine glass on top of another inverted glass, gives the impression of a reflection, with the spotlight at 90° to the set up. A smooth back board would have been better, the ‘reflection’ would have looked more realistic, and you are meant to use a bigger light source, and have it shining through a diffuser, directly behind the glasses, but I was still quite pleased with the way it turned out.
Below is a high key copy of the wineglass, before I converted it to B&W.
Using the same setup, I also photographed some biscuits on a plate, I’m sure with a bit more practice, this could work really well for all sorts of indoor still life photography. I’m intrigued to know what you think, with regards to the two B&W versions, is the one with the border more appealing than the borderless one?