Setup 1

Who says you need a lot of fancy and expensive equipment to create interesting Tabletop images.


Equipment used:

-Dining Room Table

-Dining Room Chair (to hold a piece of foamcore)

-Old beat up 24"x36" piece of foamcore

-Piece of glass from the coffee table in the living room ( I like this piece of glass because it has beveled edges. These beveled edges leave a clean edge line with no unexpected reflection or other artifacts that plain cut glass can produce)


-Two Vivitar 283 Flashes

-Cactus V4 Wireless Trigger

-Optical trigger

_Sekonic L-508 Light/Flash Meter (not shown)

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  • Steve Bennett PRO 1y

    What a great idea John, so simple but very effective, must give this a try myself.
  • John Borman PRO 1y

    Thanks Steve. When you don't have all the high-end lights and softboxes and other equipment you simply have to make do with what you do have.

    And I forgot to mention the most important part. I have a very loving and understanding Wife. When she sees me dragging all this stuff out and clearing off the dining room table she just shakes her head, smiles at me, and continues on with what she was doing.
  • John Borman PRO 1y

    I used this setup for these images:

    Shot with a Canon A-1

    Shot with a Canon G-11
  • Steve Bennett PRO 1y

    A man after my own heart, I couldnt agree more, you dont need all the fancy gear to get good shots and these are great examples.
  • Greg Ness PRO 1y

    Nice photos John and a definite fave for ingenuity!
  • BruceAndrews 1y

    I've used the 283's and ribless umbrellas on several occasions when shooting. They work wonderfully.
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Taken on December 8, 2013
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