Very good! Make sure when you go to buy the pvc, you get the "thick wall", not the thinner stuff. I've had a 6 foot frame/panel just like his, that's now probably 25 years old! I of course, had to paint it flat black! And for my copying work, I also use the same bulbs he had, the Compact Fl bulbs, big "soft" spots, in the metal relfectors and they work great!
Beth, this should be saved somewhere for others to learn how to make these cheap stands!
Here in southern Ontario, the winters are long and I was considering trying some indoor work, with some flowers from local stores and some other still life projects. I really can't afford to buy complete "pro" light sets and this is a great idea.
Does anyone have any opinions to share regarding halogen (like in the video) VS using LED?
Dang; I already have light stans, but I can use this approach for making stands for my reflectors! I have light discs by Photo Flex in Gold and Silver. Of course you could always use a 4'X4' cut of foamcor for a reflector also.
This is the set-up I recommend for people that need to copy artwork, every once and a while. If copying art weekly, then a more permanent set up should be used. I also have the written "recipe" if anyone needs it,
"Here's the reflector light I use, CFL bulb, rated at 23 watts or about 75 watts if incandescent. It's a "Soft Spot" I like these CFL bulbs, because unlike the "work lamps" they don't get too hot.
Here's the light set up that I use. The art work itself is about 14" x 20" and a 2 light set is good. If the art was 24" to 30" on the short side, I would add another light. I think for every 12" or so, there should be a light. This is just the right side of course, there would be another 2 light set up on the left. And also, this would be done indoors, not outside, during the daylight hours.
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You got the right stuff, the "thin wall" pipe is very thin and not something that would hold up a light,used mostly for irrigation here in Florida.
As far as the lights, they should be everywhere,any hardware store and of course,Home Depot and Lowe's. Here's what I think I bought a few years ago. What is important here is the size of the reflector,mine is 10" and the depth,and mine is about 5". The wider the reflector, the broader the coverage, just like using a photo-umbrella.
Post a photo when you're done! I used 2 lights on either side for most copywork stuff, since the larger the lght source, a nice soft light source, the more even the light will be hitting the art work. See above,
THANK you all for this thread. Most informative and helpful.
Years ago doing commercial art projects, I had a " copy stand" : The four photo lights ( blue ) were set in the 45 degree angle with the copy board, and the camera always set into a fixed position off a platform on a telescoping pole at the top/ center of the copy board.
It's been lost through the years and the various moves. Sure wish I had it now.
A copy stand is incredibily easy to make,but if you think beyond shooting down on a table and then decide to shoot 90 degrees from that, like on a wall, it get's even easier. The wall becomes the copy stand platform and the tripod now is the piece of equipment that held the camera pointed down. Then it's a simple matter of getting the light evenly balanced on the artwork and just focus and,BAM! you're done! Copystands were great for small documents or old 8x10's,anything larger and the wall is your friend!
Very true Rich. My living / working space is small, and wall space limited. Because of this, getting that spot on angle becomes difficult, having to set up, tear down and store away each time. When I moved into senior housing, I had no clue to computer, digital camera or even that I'd be returning to painting after some forty years. So in this " second childhood," I need a larger play pen ! ( giggle )