Club night on the 8th of January was a studio night. This time we focused on tabletop photography. Club chairman, Garry, brought in a selection of flashguns, triggers, light modifiers and backdrops and set up four workstations where members could try some tabletop studio photography.
The following report is from club member, Kirsten.
An interesting evening! I am not a gadget person and not planning to set up a studio, but thanks to Garry, who had prepared the whole room with about half a dozen different tabletop studios, I now have ideas for trying out some simple indoor tabletop photography.
The studios included two different mini studios with umbrellas, an enclosed smallish studio tent and both white and black backgrounds. Garry had also brought a number of flashguns and diffusers, including some homemade ones created out of aluminium foil containers and a bit of muslin. He gave a few explanations, including a recommendation for ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings (100, f11 and 200), but otherwise the evening was spent trying out the studios.
I brought my tripod, but didn’t use it, getting too involved just trying out different ways of photographing the objects I brought. At the next studio session I aim to make use of the tripod and also to ensure I know how to find the settings on my new camera, which until now I have only used on the automatic setting.
So thanks to Garry for all his work setting up the room. It was a useful introduction to the subject area, and I hope there is a follow-up on another evening.