PHOTOGRAPHING Small Objects

EASY

Get beautiful macro shots and easily crop out and adjust backgrounds using this inexpensive hardware and software setup.

Written by Charles Platt

If you’re selling something on eBay, or documenting a craft project, or photographing valuables for insurance purposes, you’ll want it to look as good as possible. For my forthcoming book Make: More Electronics (the sequel to Make: Electronics), I wanted especially clean photos. This entails controlling two primary variables: lighting and background. In addition, you may want to include a grid that shows the scale.

I addressed the issue of lighting in “LED Photo Lights” back in MAKE Volume 34 (makezine.com/miniature-led-photo-lights), but controlling the background is ...

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