It’s been a long time since I put up a stop-motion video. The first two I did were fun and had a nice view, but were mostly about the technology, not documenting anything. Ever since I’ve wanted to actually use it to show something tangible happening. Last weekend was the perfect chance – we were building a fence. I knew where it was going to be so framing wasn’t too hard. The technique is still the same as I documented here. I think my biggest revelation was when I realized that sometimes the best way to attach your camera to something is upside down – flipping all the shots at the end isn’t too hard. The biggest issues were taking my camera down every time we had to go somewhere (I get a little queasy touching my camera when I’m covered in mud) and a dead battery toward the end. Oh well – the most important stuff came out!
If you were ever curious about how those pictures of objects seemingly hovering over an endless background (like the ones of my new camera) were shot, you just got a taste of a Light Tent. Most are constructed about the same – like this one. You have what is essentially a box, with opaque panels on most sides that you can shine lights through. There is a long seamless sheet of white or black material that starts at the upper back and swoops down and ends on the foreground floor. They often collapse to a smaller size for easy movement, and unfortunately seem to cost upwards of $150. I’ve been looking for a better way to take pictures of small objects, but at that price, it didn’t seem too attractive. Luckily, I stumbled on a great Strobist article which shows you how to do the same for $10 or less, depending on what sort of trash craft supplies you have laying around. For me, the grand total was $0.
Interested? Read on after the jump.