Most of you who read this web page take copious amounts of photographs. Unless you have unlimited wall space and a massive ink budget along with paper, you most likely only print a few. Generally, I only have wall space for about 3 prints on the wall of my office. I tried changing them up frequently, but this led to near bankruptcy. Seeing that printer ink for my R1800 runs about $36,000 a gallon, roughly the price of a gallon of gasoline in the year 2116. That coupled with the printer seemingly to be constantly craving ink of one color or another between nearly every 16×20 print. So I needed to make something to display the pictures of my entire photo library. Most digital picture frames are tiny little devices with limited onboard storage. I needed something bigger and with a lot more storage. Lets face it, modern digital cameras take pictures that require more memory than an old system 360 IBM had (and it took up the entire 5th floor of the Math Sciences building at UCLA). This is not a truly innovative idea, but the execution is to repurpose a technology device at the end of its lifespan. It also solved a design flaw in all the digital displays; a cord has to get to them with power and signal. So unless you like to poke holes in your walls to route wires this may be a solution.
If you spend a lot of time at your desk editing photos you know how crucial a comfortable desk is. No cable clutter… easy storage… and it definitely has to look nice. Photographer Tom Barnes (who build this on location workstation too), made a table to fit his needs not only as a photographer, but as a tall photographer too.
Aside for having the precise height for Tom, the table also had to feature a shelf for hard drives, storage space and be 99% cable free. It also needed a dual monitor mount sunk into the desk. Here is what Tom got with a little bit of google sketch up and some scaffold parts.
Last month I did a tutorial on how to build a wooden table for product photography, and I had a client recently which needed photos of their cakes and cupcakes which was the perfect opportunity to use my own DIY wooden table and share the results.
But first I had to make 2 new wood planks. I only had one white wood plank done, but for this shoot I needed two more colors, so I made a sky blue top and a black one. To see how to build the tops, click here.[Read More…]
Last month I’ve been really fascinated with food photography and product shots with wood table or wood texture in the background. Ever since I’ve been planning to try and make my own. Eventually I stopped procrastinating and just started doing it. This is my first prototype and it works pretty well, tough I am not promising to improve on future version.