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    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)

    1. steveblackdog 14 months ago | reply

      What a great idea John, so simple but very effective, must give this a try myself.

    2. MadArtistPhoto 14 months ago | reply

      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.

    3. MadArtistPhoto 14 months ago | reply

      I used this setup for these images:

      Shot with a Canon A-1

      Shot with a Canon G-11

    4. steveblackdog 14 months ago | reply

      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.

    5. glness 14 months ago | reply

      Nice photos John and a definite fave for ingenuity!

    6. BruceAndrews 13 months ago | reply

      I've used the 283's and ribless umbrellas on several occasions when shooting. They work wonderfully.

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