|Project by Gary Lundgren||posted 03-08-2015 03:18 PM||1499 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
I use this simple setup to take pictures of what I make. I enlarge spacing as suited for the project. Made of scraps about the shop.
Also 3 spring clamps. 3ea 8” clamp on lights. 3 LED bulbs 65W equivalent daylight. If not ‘daylight’ bulbs you get a yellowish tint in the lighting, not true color.
You can adjust the stands around to optimize the lighting. Slide boards up and down to adjust lighting. Got this idea from wwwgoa.com. There are many more tips & video there.
On the middle light (close up pic) I made a board that angles at 45 deg so I can get the lamp to point straight down on top of my project. I made 45 deg cut and glued and pin nailed it together. Sometimes it is more desirable than backlighting. On that post I added a couple extra pieces of MDF to the base to give it some ballast on backside, to keep it from tipping forward.
A big trick I learned is to turn off all lighting in the shop excepting these 3 lights. Otherwise the other lighting affects the quality of lighting of your project. You want people to be able to see the detail and your craftsmanship.