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This staging is a self-contained platform used for taking extreme close-ups from between two and eight inches between camera and subject. Holes spaced about an inch apart along the back and side provide a place to attach various accessories such as lighting brackets and camera brackets as well as a power strip in back all serve to simplify picture taking. This platform can be used in combination with tripods or other camera mounts if the need arises.

 

 

 

   

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.

 

  

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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.

 

   

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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

 

  

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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.

 

  

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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 provide

 

  
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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.

  

  

 

     

   

 

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Last update   7/26/2012