Stage base showing work
surface without any attachments. Note the rows of threaded holes used for
quickly attaching accessories without the need for any C-clamps. The open
left side allows for oversize objects to overhang.
Rear view of stage.
Notice the switched power strip for lights, camera power etc. The can be
extremely handy when using the special photography lamps that have a life
span of as little as four hours.
These are some of the camera
mounting brackets used including a few standard photographic thumbscrews,
washers and home-made tightening nuts. This stage and all its accessories
were built primarily with 1-3/4 x 5/16 lath board also used for roadbed on
the North River.
This shows the stage in use with a
Common configuration for close-ups. Objects as small as an inch long or
as large as twelve inches square can be photographed quickly, easily and in
clear detail as show on the next page
Various colors of ordinary construction
paper can add color to backgrounds. Any solid color materials such as foam
blocks can also be used. You can also use your computer to print special
background papers for special projects. This would be analogous to a
printed building background for a trackside shot.
Rulers can add a sense of scale and
perspective to pictures and can be indispensable for “how to” construction pictures.
These were printed on paper from the computer and glued to wood backing.
Look carefully and you
will see the camera mount has a full three axis of movement and can be used
sitting flat on a desk, mounted on a standard tripod or attached to the
stage. Note that he Halogen lights shown give a strong light for detailed
shots but NOT the white light that only special photography lamps can
Other camera mounts can be used in
conjunction with the stage Here is a 3-axis mount, a wedge mount and a
right-angle mount used for railhead level pictures.