DIY: Table-Top (Product Photography)

Today I’ve decided to finally make my Wood Table-Top for Product photography.  I usually use whatever is around me whenever I do a shoot but I think its time to step up my game just a bit.  Luckily I ended up having extra wood in the garage.  Overall size of the Table-top is about 4ft x 2ft.

tabletop5Its pretty simple in creating your own wood table-top.  All you really have to do is make sure to measure everything correctly.  If you don’t have your own saw then you can go down to your local hardware store and just have your measurements made and then have them cut it for you.  That way when you come home all you really have to do is assemble it together with a few nails or wood screws you’ll be set in no time!  I wanted to make the wood a bit darker with a withered look  to it.  I’ve never really texturized anything before so I went out on a whim by using steel wool, a hammer, and a sander.

tabletop2Of course I had to have my pops help me out by guiding me a bit.  These are moments that I love with my pops.  It seems that whenever there’s anything that needs to be fixed either with the house or with any of our cars its always us trying to figure it out together.  I definitely learned a lot growing up just watching him do things.

tabletop4After you sand the wood table-top make sure to wipe it down with a cloth or if you have an air duster / blower even better.  You don’t really want any dust or wood chips on while you stain.  I ended up using about 2 coats of mahogany trying to make some parts a bit darker than others.

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I can’t wait to test it out once its dry! If you guys have any questions or even comments or advice feel free to drop a comment below! I’ll be having more DIY projects on my blog so be on the look out!

PORTRAITURE: Ashley

This is the first of my new portfolio.  I wanted to challenge myself more than I have before.  I’ve always been the type of photographer whom favored using natural light over strobes, not because its better or its easier but primarily because it was my comfort zone.  I’ve used strobes in the studio but I’ve never been able to use my studio lights outdoors.  I’ve searched online for the cheapest possible solutions to powering my studio lights outdoors and have come up with a solution that will only set you back about $200.  In order for you to be able to use your studio lights outdoors you will need a PURE SINE Inverter alongside a power source; in this case a 12V 35AH SLA Battery.  I will post the specifics in another blog detailing on where I bought the materials etc.

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For this shoot I had envisioned a mysterious woman wearing a long black dress with a black hooded cape walking through a forest trail with fog and ray’s of light shining through.  Well when do things ever go your way when you plan a shoot, right?  I’ve always been so used to doing things myself, from packing and treading along carrying all of my gear during Weddings, Family Portraits, Headshots, Events, etc so I figured this time I wouldn’t really need one.  Boy was I wrong! I’ve never used a fog machine before so it was really all about experimenting.  I guess the idea is to have the fog machine set behind the model a good distance away so that the fog would have time to naturally settle behind them without looking like a big cloud of smoke.  Well it wouldn’t have worked in this case all due to me forgetting my extension cord!ashleybts3

Regardless of all of the things that could have went wrong with the shoot I was still determined to make it work somehow, someway.  With a little photoshop here and there I am quite pleased with the outcome of the shoot.  Though I’m a firm believer in getting things as close as possible to what you have envisioned right within the camera, a little photoshop can definitely enhance your image.  I think I’ll probably start to play around with more compositing.  You can check out the BEFORE & AFTER photos here << CLICK HERE >>
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