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Totorial 4: Homemade Stage

posted by brokenarts, Dec 30, 2005 10:44 AM — 53 comments

In this pictures you can see a homemade stage, made with a matte plexiglass sheet.

It's not a perfect bricolage work, but it work well for a still-life.

You can take the plexiglass from a picoglass frame.

The transparent plexiglass allow you to light the curve from back (useful sometimes).

A sheet of paper placed over the curve is your background.
When the paper is dirty, change it, and you always have a clean background.
For nice effects you can use coloured sheets of paper.

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1. posted by zdalian, Jan 27, 2006 1:18 AM

s'not a bad idea; most i've ever done is use a roll of solid coloured gift wrap and drape over the back of a box. not only will this keep the paper in place better, but allows for better backlight.

2. posted by Gerbera, Dec 30, 2005 7:30 PM

Hi! I've taken a look at your tutorials and I greatly appreciate them. Thank you!

3. posted by Fedey2k, Dec 31, 2005 1:22 AM

Ciao Davide!
Tante grazie for your tips and hints on using white backgrounds.
I wanted to know if there's a specific light bulb or watts I have to have in mind when using a backlight.
Again thanks!

4. posted by brokenarts, Dec 31, 2005 11:51 AM

You can use normal opaline light bulbs.
If you use multiple sources of light, the bulbs must be of the same type, to avoid differences of light temperature.
If you use the tripod, the watts aren't important, you can use a long exposition time.
When using incandescent lamps remember to set the correct white point in your camera.

5. posted by Konkeror, Dec 31, 2005 10:44 PM

Great tutorials!! Thank you very much for your usefulls hints and tips

6. posted by ugaldew, Jan 4, 2006 5:17 AM

there is a reason because you and only you are the man !!! the number 1 of SXC !!! thanks for this tutorials amazing really THANKS !!

7. posted by kkiser, Jan 31, 2006 8:45 PM

Simple, yet effective. And, it fits my budget perfectly. ;-) Thanks!

8. posted by akashk, Feb 11, 2006 7:14 AM

You've made it so simple! I have always struggled to get to shoot objects at home.

Thanks you so much! :-)

9. posted by bgraphic, Feb 17, 2006 12:10 PM

what a fantastic idea, i'll give it a go



10. posted by dove123, Feb 24, 2006 2:24 AM

This is a great idea. do you have the dementions or pattern? I'm not good at just comming up with a pattern.

Thanks for the idea


11. posted by Ballez, Mar 7, 2006 7:04 PM

Nice work!, I also made one of those stages befor and it works great. I really recomend it!!

12. posted by nexoni, Mar 24, 2006 3:14 AM

Where could I get a peice of paper of that size?

13. posted by diamondrev, Apr 6, 2006 7:40 PM

Thanks for that I have been trying to work out how to make a cheep stage for ages!

14. posted by rodrigoand, Apr 7, 2006 12:11 AM


15. posted by litsrpg, Apr 7, 2006 4:22 PM

"Where could I get a peice of paper of that size?"

Staples sell them in 20m (x1m) rolls. They are called 'Freeze/Freaze Rolls'

16. posted by Quevaal, May 3, 2006 10:19 PM

Good tip!

17. posted by ameenullah, May 5, 2006 8:59 AM

Great tutorials, very good tips!

18. posted by garytamin, May 18, 2006 4:11 AM

I have ever looked at that tutorial before in some other website too.. anyway thanks!

19. posted by gtrfrkbob, May 25, 2006 3:43 AM

Can I use this on my site? Its not a photography site just a personal site that I have a few tutorials for photoshop and photography on. Also some web design offers but thats aside the point. Email me at ""

20. posted by Inferatu, Jan 1, 2002 10:32 AM

Great! I have now experienced with it and i kind of like the results. Still work in progress, but these tutorials really pay off. Thanks!

21. posted by Inferatu, Jan 1, 2002 10:33 AM

strange, just made a comment. It's june 17 (2006). but the comments' date is jan 1 2002. time's right though.

22. posted by htconan, Jan 1, 2002 11:27 AM


23. posted by steinl321, Jul 5, 2006 5:26 AM

i'm a real beginner and was struggling to photograph pictures with a zero background. thanks for the tip.

24. posted by vikush, Jul 24, 2006 11:12 PM

:)) it`s good

25. posted by kaj1006, Aug 8, 2006 8:26 AM

Great tutorial - Thanx for sharing

26. posted by aspiring, Aug 11, 2006 4:52 AM

This worked very well for me. I made a small one, but I'm sure I'll make a large one before long. Thanks you.

27. posted by sundesigns, Sep 4, 2006 8:29 AM

Very Practical

28. posted by dianazuru, Aug 6, 2012 1:49 PM

seem easy!

29. posted by revolu7ion, Sep 18, 2006 6:55 AM

another suggestion for a quick solution: use an icecream container over the top of your object on your scanner...

Results aren't as nice - but can be photoshopped to desired results.

30. posted by ms_ty, Nov 5, 2006 11:39 PM

Great! This will allow me to add some pictures on here.

Where can you get plexiglass from? Will a local Wal-mart do?

31. posted by blei, Nov 7, 2006 9:05 AM

Excelent! Merci

32. posted by eblind, Dec 5, 2006 11:26 AM

What kind of white paper you recommend - matt or glossy?

33. posted by o5am, Dec 9, 2006 4:40 PM

bardzo fajny patent.... pozdrawiam

34. posted by selsden, Jan 21, 2007 8:12 PM

Amazing tutorial. I read this a while back, now I have gone ahead and made one very similar.

Thank youu!

35. posted by zauberhexe, Apr 2, 2012 12:36 PM

Great tutorial! Thank you

36. posted by kgsomaraj, Feb 10, 2007 1:29 AM


You may give a tutorial on
Home made photographic
tent with covering on sides
and top with translucent
drafting film or even
tracing paper. A hole on
one side should be given
for the lens. This will be useful
for photographing highly
reflective metal objects
crystal ware etc.


37. posted by okton, Feb 11, 2007 1:40 AM

I got to do ,,,my own board
great idea,,,,,,,!!!!!!

38. posted by msabba, Mar 22, 2007 5:13 AM

Something about dimensions?
Is the curve a circle our more elyptic? Is the curvature important? Well, thanks a lot, the photo is very informative and practical, but some more specifications would be nice. best regards!

39. posted by ashieebo, Jun 21, 2007 9:43 PM

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to do one for myself. =] Thanks again

40. posted by JRives, Aug 7, 2007 5:39 PM

Great idea and very simple! I will definitely have to try this for future projects!

41. posted by oscaredu, Sep 2, 2007 5:50 AM

thanks an easy and great idea

42. posted by mhafweet, Dec 13, 2007 9:52 PM

Any ideas of how to do "splash" photography in a white-box environment?

43. posted by dexter19, Jan 4, 2008 1:30 PM

It's a really good idea and available for amateurs who just wanna play a little bit with the lit too.
Thanks allot


44. posted by escan, Aug 19, 2010 11:28 AM

great tip thanks :)

45. posted by disenoweb9, Feb 22, 2013 7:42 AM

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

46. posted by harissonA, May 27, 2013 1:22 AM

Nice tip.!!

47. posted by careersB, May 27, 2013 3:48 AM

Nice Trick!! Thanks..

48. posted by piabpn953, Jun 21, 2013 2:21 AM

Great tutorial - Thanx for sharing

49. posted by LASJACK, Jul 12, 2013 8:54 AM

Fantastic stuff!

50. posted by carlislekm, Jul 29, 2013 4:23 AM

Very interesting

51. posted by korinci, Aug 23, 2013 11:54 PM

it`s good

52. posted by shannahqxh, Aug 24, 2013 6:41 AM

very nice

53. posted by inizjall, Nov 6, 2013 3:34 AM

great for home parties

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