Build a Back-Lit Slope Backdrop For Better Product Photography

Child's shoe isolated on white background

The following article is a guest post by Ilya Titov, a photographer and web designer, who also runs a great blog at

Are you a photographer who needs to take dozens of high quality photographs every day?

Are you a designer who has to process the above? – I am both, and I cheated.

Well, not really, I just optimized the way I go about achieving the target outcome. I dothis by using a home grown illuminated light table (or slope). Read on for full details.

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Studio Lighting – Snooted Flood Light

diy_snooted_lightReader Michael Lim (zac08) came up with a cool snooted flood light. It combines the concept of a home made snoot with a clamp. The design is similar to a mixup of both, but uses a florescent light instead of a flash.

The bonus here that there is almost no assembly/DIY-ing required; it comes ready from the shop. As for hacking the right materials, the snoot used is a Lay’s Potato Chips pack. (Empty of course, lighting is tasty). Here is what Zac has to say; [Read more…]