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 (, but controlling the background is ...

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