Home Macro Studio

Home Macro Studio

On a fairly regular basis I get emails and messages asking me what lighting system I’m using, so I thought I’d post up a couple of quick snap-shots. It’s setup in a  corner of my conservatory on an old Ikea table.  In the left corner is an old Nikon PFT-2 Copy Stand that I’ve rarely used but have recently re-attached with the thought of using it for some of the more extreme macro stuff I’m currently learning. I have 5 x 5500k cheap “studio” lights in differing sizes that I’ve picked up cheaply on eBay over the years.

Home Macro Studio

The larger 60x60cm light box and the smaller U shaped mini stand and diffuser are both my own designs which I had an acrylic company produce for me. This large light box really is the Rolls Royce of light diffusion for me. Made from 3mm frosted acrylic, I’ve had tents of varying sizes and colours but none have come close to the evenly diffused light that this one produces. I also needed to be able to collapse it now and again and store it easily without taking up much space and it actually works perfectly. You do have to be carefully when erecting and dissembling as it’s entirely made from 3mm acrylic sections but once it’s up it’s well worth the fiddle. I use some empty business card containers underneath the base piece to provide strength and remove that pressure from the joints. You can just make them out in the first image above but because they’re transparent they cannot be seen through the base sheet. If I need extra diffusion I can pop the smaller  stand/mini diffuser inside as shown in the picture above.

REFLECTORS

One thing I’ve been looking for is a couple of decent reflectors to use with my indoors macro setup. I have 2 flexible clamps (these ones) which I’ve used with various cards that I’ve made myself. Last night, however, I found exactly what I’d been looking for completely free of charge and quite by chance! My wife had bought us two Co-Op pizzas to munch whilst forcing me to watch “The Voice”. After I unpacked them and popped them in the oven I went to put the packaging in the recycling. On the bottom of each pizza was a 9″ diameter round polystyrene disc. Hmm… I thought. A minute later I had two very useful light reflectors/shadow deflectors!