I've been annoyed by looking at the shots I take of razors. When I buy an old DE razor, I take pics before and after the cleaning. I've just put an A4 white paper on the ground and shot with available light. So, I glanced over a guide, and went to buy what I needed earlier today:
- one box, 20kr
- white sheet, non-stretch 200kr
- thick piece of paper for the backdrop, one white and one black, 40kr
I also needed a sharp knife, a pair of scissors and some tape.
First, I cut holes in the box. Three for light, and one for the opening. There was no top on this box, so I just leave that as it is.
IMG_0711 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
Then I measure by eye how large pieces of sheet I needed for the holes, and cut them.
IMG_0712 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
After taping these on the box itself. I then inserted the backdrop into the box, and voila, the whole thing is practically done.
IMG_0713 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
The only thing missing is light. I just took some of the lamps home and put them where I wanted them. These don't omit white light, so suppose I need to do some colour correcting in PS. It's not hard to get white lighted bulbs, though.
IMG_0715 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
IMG_0716 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
And that's my new light tent. I reckon my pics of razors will be better lighted from now on, even if this doesn't give me the best results available It cost me in total of 260kr, which equals out to about £29 / $44. I'm not sure if I could buy a new one for that price. If I could, then what the heck, I had fun making this anyway
Some test shots. Obviously I've got some depth of field issues, hehe
1: Laurel, Gillette Knack and Swing razor
Test by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
2: Semogue 620, also called "soap devourer"
Test_1 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
3: Gillette Knack, missed focus
Test_2 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
4: Swing, made in Sweden. Three piece razor, obviously. Newly acquired.
Test_3 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
5: iPhone 4 in my alu cover
Test_4 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
6: Sheep on phone, apparently
Test_5 by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
Thanks for looking :D