When you want to shoot a piece of jewelry or a beer can or a wine bottle or just about any product there is a good chance you will be using a table top. Table top, as the name implies, is a flat top that you can put stuff on. We’ve shown various table tops on several projects here; a piece of glass and a granite tile were two of the more popular ones. But what if you need something sturdier. Sturdy enough to place things on, yet, flexible enough so it neatly stores away and does not take any space when unused.
Alex Koloskov of Photigy.com shares a pretty neat hack (or mod) to create an easy-to-store, easy-to-use table top. His trick using a baby plate, originally used for mounting strobes on walls to attach a top to a light stand – aside the stand, those plates are as cheap as $10 to $35 depending on the brand and specific model.
So instead of using the plate as a wall mount and using the stud to attach a strobe head, you reverse the plate. The stud goes on the bottom and connects with a stand and the plate now points upwards and supports a small Plexiglas or is screwed into a piece of plywood.
There are three options you may wanna use depending on your needs: A Baby Wall Plate which can be placed on a stud that is usually found on the end of light stands; a Baby Wall Plate with a pin that is used on light stands that end with a socket; and a Baby Wall Plate with Swivel Pin which allows to tilt the plate relative to the stand.