Sunday, October 21, 2007

High Tech Studio

I do get a lot of email about my photography and the set-up I use and even though I'm here in Italy my studio has come with me and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share it with you all.

studio setuup


  1. It's a good thing you can carry your studio with you. ;-)


  2. Your photos are really amazing, just consistently good. Love the platform! I can't tell from the photo, but do you put anything on the windows to filter the light? I started using a tripod not that long ago, and it's making a huge difference in my photos. I'm always trying to learn more.

  3. Yes I see it. Thats so expensive though... how are you able to afford it? Any good cameras you recomend for about... lets see, up to... $700.

  4. joy, for under $700 you can even get a DSLR, (Nikon D40 a little over $500, the Canon 400D just under $700, there are Olympus and Pentax models in that price range as well). In the fixed lens (or point and shoot) category, the Canon G9 and a lot of others. The tripod can be used with both DSLRs and point and shoots.

  5. Very nice! I was in a situation last week where I agreed to do a job at short notice (translucent resin and reflective silver jewellery), then realised most of our studio equipment was A.W.O.L. I managed a perfectly acceptable underlit light tent with a sheet of glass, two up-ended photo paper boxes and a few delicately balanced A4 sheets of office paper. And some sticky tape. Secretly, my favourite way of working.

    Sounds like you're having a wonderful time - I hope time doesn't pass too quickly for you. :-)

  6. setup is very similar too ;)

  7. Great to see your setup. I often use a large white flat cake plate for a backdrop and photograph out on my balcony, where the light is good but not direct. Otherwise I might use the morning light through a window, placing the object on the cupboard that sits underneath.

    As Kalyn says, your photographs are always amazing - the quality never varies.


  8. Hi Paz - the window is a bit tricky to pack though ;)

    Thanks Kalyn - i'm lucky enough that the eaves shelter the position so what i'm using is just the ambient light, I never place object in direct light. Using the tripod and coupling that with either a self-timer or a remote are the biggest things to do to get nice clear shake-free images.

    Hi Joy, one of my best cameras is 60 years old and cost me less than $70 - it gives me the most beautiful big 6x9 negatives and slips into a pocket so price isn't really an issue. There are plenty of good cameras but to take good photos you need to know how to use it, it is just a tool afterall.

    True Miguel there are many good cameras in that price range.

    Hi Lorena - time is flying by and I'm wondering where it all went.

    Hi Nabeela - I think we should market the high tech studio ;)

    Thanks Vegeyum - white plates or white cards are great to help bounce light and lighten up those darker areas.

  9. Hello Haalo. O how I missed you! For some reason, I thought you were taking a break from your food blog. Anyway, glad to see you.
    Your studio is way much better than mine, with my point and shot camera and my trambling hands.

  10. Rose I missed you too! I am still here and still cooking!


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