Photographing boards

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 10-09-2014 10:14 PM 1693 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Information about the Walnut boards can be found here:]
I was looking to make some high quality photos for my boards. Although the smoothness and the warmth of the wood could not be captured on an image, I still felt that a professional set up could make a great deal in capturing the qualities of my boards. Walnut is challenging wood type due to its dark color, which makes it tricky to find the correct exposure.

My cousin is a hobbyist photographer, and he built a setup for picturing high quality photos of cutlery and glass ware, which are both very reflective and difficult to photo. So i joined him for a quick photo shoot.

The set up is not complicated. His equipment is not very expensive, mostly products of entry level for the enthusiastic amateur. He uses two flashes with two home made soft boxes (made from cardboard, aluminium foil and baking paper sheets. (you can find many tutorials on how to make those. fairly simple, basic materials). We connected his camera to the computer so fine adjustments could be made quickly and easily.

the only thing that we were short of was time. We only had two hours together, and the setup itself took about and hour or so until we got satisfying results, after balancing all the variables.

I am quite satisfied with the results. i didn’t have an idea of how much effort it takes to set up all this thing.
A better set up would include another flash, flashing from below, while putting the boards on a transparent table (glass or Plexiglas). This would prevent the dark areas you see at the bottom of the boards.
Also, the cloth had to be ironed better. some crease is visible in the front of some images.

Some of the boards were in use for some time, so some stains are visible on a few of them.

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 10:33 PM

real nice boards and nice pics but I think I’ll stick with my Nikon point & shoot.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 10:45 PM

very nice work I love the idea of combining two hobbies

-- Owen, Lethbridge, Alberta

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 01:47 AM

Love the weave oval cutting board will have to give that one a go,go!!

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 11:10 AM

Nice job.

I hate/love photographing my boards and other projects. You are right about the time involved when you try to set up lights and filters etc. I would love to just set up a permanent place to do it, but hey, who has that much space?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 12:10 PM

Nice pics. I am trying to get better results with my photos. Thanks for sharing. :)


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#6 posted 10-10-2014 05:49 PM

nice shots! and nice boards!

With a cheap light tent you can do great work and it is collapsible. ( or

You can even use shop lights instead of flash if you don’t want to deal with the flashes – though you will definitely need a tripod. Just be sure to add a grey card to sample shots so you can figure out the right white balance.

-- I do this for fun.

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