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Blog entry by Blake posted 10-30-2007 10:03 PM 1492 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently invested about $40 bucks on a large sheet of black velvet from the fabric store for a photo background. I just wanted people to know that It is easy to take great display photos with a small investment.

Any black material would work well, including less expensive felt or cotton. Even a sheet would be fine. I splurged for the velvet because my wife decided she could use it for taking pictures of jewelry she makes as well.

Just lay the velvet over your couch and give it good direct lighting, such as from a halogen light. Natural sunlight, especially when the sun is low (morning/evening) also looks great on camera. I tripod really helps for getting consistent results and good focus. You can get a cheap tabletop tripod for $10 and put it on a TV tray.

So a black sheet, good lamp, and any digital camera and you can take photos to showcase your work like a pro.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-30-2007 10:09 PM

Very nice. Thanks for the tip.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-30-2007 10:11 PM

great looking photos, Blake.

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#3 posted 10-30-2007 10:12 PM

Yep, we have all that, just don’t get it out often enough. Good idea to explain it to others. By the way I use my studio lamps as additional light in the shop. they really work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-30-2007 11:55 PM

I have the black velvet….....just no project to put on it !

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#5 posted 10-30-2007 11:56 PM

Nice! I got one of those light tents off of eBay but have just never used it. I might take it out. Thanks, Blake!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 10-31-2007 12:16 AM

Nice idea! Thanks for the tip.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 10-31-2007 01:25 AM

I like how the light shines off the velvet. Ive used black cloth before but I think the velvet looks much better. It really shows off the beautiful boxes.

-- Kirk H. --

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#8 posted 10-31-2007 02:38 AM

I agree with KJ, I like how the light reflects off the velvet. I don’t think cotton would look like that. It sure does make a nice presentation.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 10-31-2007 04:39 AM

Thanks for the tip, I will use it.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#10 posted 10-31-2007 04:40 AM

Thanks for the tip, I will use it.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 10-31-2007 04:33 PM

Great idea thanks!

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#12 posted 10-31-2007 06:04 PM

well done.

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#13 posted 11-04-2009 06:47 AM

Most beautiful boxes great job.

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