Some cool desktop images:
Posted Date: 2007-07-03 01:00:11 , By : teraminato
July 2007 desktop
Posted Date: 2007-07-02 13:04:03 , By : aquave1vet
my desktop circa July 2, 2007
DIY Desktop Studio AKA Foamboard Box and Masking Tape
Posted Date: 2011-01-05 19:16:19 , By : Sprogz
I’ve wanted a desktop "enclosure" to take macros and suchlike whilst isolating the background clutter that also occupies my desktop for quite some time now.
Today, 05 Jan 2011 I finally constructed one.
I took inspiration from this classic article strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-s… but instead of cardboard (had real trouble finding a reasonable-sized cardboard box, got impatient and used foamboard).
I purchased all the bits from a local Hobbycraft store.
A3 5-sheet pack of white foamboard, £11.99. Could have saved myself this if I’d found the right-sized cardboard box. Oh well, I’ll make a larger one when I find the right-sized cardboard box.
A1 sheet of 90g tracing paper, £1.58.
Several pieces of A1 150gsm coloured card; white, black, green, blue and red. £1.99 each.
Finally, a roll of masking tape that I had laying around the house.
I marked a 35mm-ish border around two A3 pieces of foamboard, cut out the middle inside this border with a Stanley knife (be careful) and stuck them to a third piece (the back) which I did not cut a hole in using masking tape.
I placed another A3 piece of foamboard across the top, marked where it needed cutting to fit snugly on top and then cut it. I then marked the same 35mm border around the edge of this now squarish piece and again cut out the middle. I then stuck it on top with masking tape.
I used the pieces of foamboard I cut out as templates on the big A1 sheet of tracing paper adding about 15mm overlap and simply cut out the tracing paper with scissors. I then stuck them over the holes in the sides and top with masking tape – that way I can remove them if I want to shoot directly into the box from the side.
I cut a strip of white 150gsm card the same width as the box, laid the box on its back, placed the card on the back right up to the top and then simply stood the box up. The card just bent seamlessly at the back as you can see in the photo.
I cut a black piece of card too. This is the first shot I took with the black card backdrop firing a Canon 430 EX II through the left-hand "window" and a reflector (actually the unused fifth piece of white foamboard) inside the box on the right-hand side.
I kept the bottom of the box uncovered so I could place it over the top of things outside when the weather’s better. You can still place it on the unused fifth piece of foamboard to temporarily create a base if you really want to.
Plus, all the off-cuts of white foamboard can be used as reflectors, gobos or whatever.
Apologies that this shot is more "arty" and less about the construction details. I’m sorry, I just can’t help myself.