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  • Posted Nov. 20, 2007 by Lisa in Macro. Viewed 5168 times

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I wanted to show you in today's post what the elaborate set up is that I use to take photos. Or not! This is it really. Just a chair, some boards in black or white (or blue which I never use), my camera, a tripod, and light from a window.

If you see dramatic shadows in my shot, it was with light like #2. I place the object in swatch of direct sunlight (early morning) to light it.

If it has a more even light, then it was with the light in #3. Which is the kind of light I used for the leaf shots today and the past couple of days. This light is from around mid day to late afternoon or on overcast days.

For the leaf shots (and flowers), the board is leaning against the back of the chair. The flowers are in a vase and I use a photo holder with a clip at the top to hold the leaf in place.

So, that's it! Is it Just Like You Imagined [youtube.com]? A little NIN to spice up your Tuesday!

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    • # Gary

      Lisa .. you are so professional. I even do not have a tripod. I lve your pic. anyway

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    • # Lexlevans

      awesome! i love that you shared your secrets with us - just goes to show that you don't have to have fancy equipment to achieve great photos! well, okay, fancy cameras help...

      2007.11.20 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Toby Hinshaw

      Ok...I think you have inspired me to try some of this for myself. :-) With fall finally showing her colors, it is the perfect time to experiment.

      Thanks for this tutorial! :-)

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    • # Tim

      The results u get are so impressive that i would have bet u had a sophisticated secret way lol..ty for sharing this, it makes your work even more valuable now ;)

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    • # Jan

      Great info!! I wanted to ask you that:-)
      Picture looks beautiful. thank you

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    • # Lisa

      Oh, I forgot to say that Spike wasn't around because he was in TROUBLE. He'd tried to jump in the chair with the board on it and knocked everything down! I should get hazard pay. :)

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    • # Jendayee

      It is nice of you to share ! but you have a cool equipment.... I would not tell about these I use sometimes :))) in a hurry, taking what's around to help... as sometmes you really have to rush
      thank you !

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    • # Sherij

      Very cool.. I see you spend about as much money on your set up as I do.. :) hey what ever saves and buck and works the best. The leaf shot is FANTASTIC!! Where was Spike???.. My cats usually eat what I am trying to photograph. or the dogs are sniffing the tripod!!

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    • # Jet28

      There's life in the leaf yet! Thanks for the peep behind the scenes :-)

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    • # Fionarobinson

      that is great, any tips are fantastic, i am presuming you hold the leaf away from the background, so the background is not too close. Great idea with the photo holder, i like, nomally i hold whatever then try to take shots, tricky!!

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    • # Peter

      Many thanks for that - I'm very interested to hear how you approach things. First photo is beautiful.

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    • # Carley

      The leaf is amazing.....outstanding....superb.....
      And it's fascinating to see your tools of the trade! Thanks!

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