"Tabletop Lighted Photo Studio"

I'm currently working on an ongoing photo series simply called "The Camera Project". The idea behind this series is to make photographs of old (and some not so old cameras) and process them similarly to the way new products are photographed -- high gloss and all. You can see the project here on flickr.  

I have been asked a number of times what kind of studio/lighting set up I was using to photograph this series. What follows bellow is my reply which was originally posted to Google+. 

I purchased the "Tabletop Lighted Photo Studio" kit for $30 (don't pay more then that) and it came with the two fluorescent table lights and the light box / diffuser screen and a few different colored cloth backdrops. All of this folds back down into a carrying case that's compact.

What I changed -- I replaced the fluorescent bulbs because they were two different color temps. I don't think this was done on purpose, just the cheap bulbs included in the kit. I also added that work light that you can see at the top of the photo. The work light is hanging off an old tripod I have sitting on the table. I'm also using a piece of white poster board for the background. It's more reflective (then the included fabric backdrop) and has a little bit of texture to it.

Don't pay more then $30 for it (I've seen this kit listed as high as $75). Check eBay. I got mine from Yugster, but it's not available all the time.

"Tabletop Lighted Photo Studio" 

"Tabletop Lighted Photo Studio"