Photographing your finds - tips for taking photos at home with a smart phone.

May 13, 2018

So you've got your finds home, they're cleaned up and you want to show them off!  You still don't need a fancy camera to show good detail (all photos in this post were taken with an iPhone 7 plus).  All you need is your smart phone and a few items you probably have lying around the house.

 

What you will need:

 

A box

A box cutter

Some tape

Some baking paper

A light source

 

Step 1

 

Choose the side you want the light to come from.  Lighting from one side only creates better shadows and therefore definition on the subject you are photographing.

 

Cut a hole in the side of the box using the box cutter.

 

Step 2

 

Cover the hole you just cut with the baking paper, hold the baking paper in place with the tape.  The baking paper acts as a diffuser.

 

Step 3

 

Position the lamp on the outside of the box and direct it towards the baking paper.

 

 

Step 4 

 

OPTIONAL - choose an item you would like to use as a background for your subject.  I use a block of wood.

 

Step 5

 

Place your subject in the light box and photograph away!  

 

Zoomed in using the phone camera zoom.

 

 

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