I got the paper for my DIY light tent in this afternoon, finally, and after dinner I started assembling the frame. The roll of paper I got is 48″ wide, plenty big for shooting large objects, and I built a cage out of inexpensive lumber that measures 48″ wide by 36″ high by 48″ deep. There’s a plywood platform for the objects to sit on, and the paper hangs on a roll that’s part of the framework, so when it gets dirty, I just cut the bottom off and unroll some more. The diffusers are white bedsheets.
It took some time to set up the lights satisfactorally, and I’ll probably upgrade to something brighter than 60-watt bulbs, but in about 15 minutes I had decent shots lined up with Canon’s Remote Capture application.
My first subjects are the members of my tube radio collection, a hobby of mine that dates back to my first lean years out of college. I’ll start with one of my favorites, a Philco that dates to 1942. It’s smaller and more compact than the rest (although not the smallest) and the lines are beautiful and sleek. I’ll post more of a history of this set later (it’s 12:30 and I’m tired) but here’s a sneak peek:
I shot about 50 photos this evening. With some practice, and better lighting, this is going to work out well.