Knight Of The Light Table Setup
Light table used for lighting a chess piece from below.
Very simple to setup. The light table is a cardboard box with a sheet of thin white plastic placed on top. Inside the box are a pair of 20watt stick type CFL lamps. The inside of the box is white cardboard, so it bounces the light around inside to give an even illumination of the the top surface.
Above are a couple of sheets of black card, folded in half so they stand up and act as light blockers.
Placed on top of these is another sheet of card. In this setup shot, the top card is white, which bounces light back onto the piece, but for the actual shot, a sheet of black card was used instead, to give much more contrast between light and dark.