What is it?

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Any guesses? More to follow later on "in action" and with explanations....


     
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    I'd guess beer cooler but it wouldn't hold ice. LOL

    Some sort of "wrap around" reflector???
     
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    Dean_Gretsch Always looking... Supporting Member

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    Zombiesniper's snowy blind?
     
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    Dean_Gretsch Always looking... Supporting Member

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    A horizontal holder for backdrops
     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You're not going over any falls in it are ya?

    First thought it reminded me of a drying cabinet for negatives! lol but I'm thinking something to store rolls and feed sheets of paper, backdrops, something thru the slot.
     
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  6. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    And we have a winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnner....

    It's my home-brew set up for shooting sterling silver on white. I recently picked up a fairly lucrative, on-going job with a local jewelry maker, and one of the tasks is shooting her sterling silver line on pure white for on-line sales. This is NOT the easiest thing to do as controlling reflections is a <female dog>, so the best approach is to minimize the amount of things that there are to reflect.

    The "barrel" is three sheets of heavy-weight white posterboard, with slats from a discarded commercial Venetian blind used to reinforce the top, bottom, and edges of the opening, and [literally] half a roll of white gaff tape. The blind slats allow me to adjust the opening width to suit the item being photographed and the area above and below the lens is blocked with white craft foam.

    Here's the full set-up:

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    The "barrel" sits on another piece of white card, and the key light is from above with a diffusion panel over top of the "barrel".

    I also have a piece of white craft foam with a whole cut out of it to slip over my lens, and 'though it's not visible here, I also have the front of the lens lined with white gaff tape.

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    The item sits on a piece of clear plexiglass covered with a sheet of white paper.

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    A light from below provides the "white" for e-commerce 'sites; in this case a macro ring flash which provides a more even, wider spread at a such a short distance. The objects are held im place by double-sided tape, Stickum, clear adhesive and whatever else works.

    With minor processing, this produces results like this:

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  7. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You should be so lucky! :p
     
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    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Aren't you clever? And nice scenery, love that creek running thru in the background, looks very peaceful, Calgon take me away!
     
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    @tirediron Well aren't you a handy dandy! Looks like it does the job.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    It looks like a very good purpose built shooting set up
     
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  11. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Smoke; seems to work very well, with totally repeatable results, and post is down to 1-2 minutes per image. Not bad for round, polished silver on pure white! :D

    Cheers! It's amazing what you can bodge together out of crap laying around the house!
     
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    Neat setup.
     

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