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'I figured I'd take a shot of my photo-taking setup in case anyone was looking for tips. (I know I am constantly.) There are two overhead flourecent lights... one almost directly over the instrument, one about 6 feet from the first. The background is a black piece of posterboard I got from an office/art supply store. The big black thing is a portfolio I turned into a reflector/shade to block unwanted light. I try to line up the reflections in a decent looking way, block the ugly stuff and take all the pics by hand in auto mode (no tripod). I switch the two lights on and off to get different amounts and qualities of shadows. After they are taken I try to edit out and gross stuff in the background since my posterboard is all scratched up. The finished photos from this setup are shown below'
Probably the wrong time of year to be commencing a new build and thread being so close to Christmas, but what the hey - it's high time I get back into a build thread. Perhaps something a little different this time around, inspired by the Home Depot Challenge over at Sevenstring.org. This will be a build involving some budget componentry, hardware store timber and various eBay finds to see exactly what I can end up with by building using cheaper parts, off-the-shelf wood and a modest budget. It could be a pile of kaka. It could end up as a giant killer. Either way it shall be interesting to see what happens. I'm keeping all receipts too, so I'm curious to see what it all adds up to. Note that I'm not deliberately going out of my way to find the cheapest, nastiest stuff money (or lack of) can buy. It's more a about redirecting the focus away from exotic woods, premium hardware and expensive pickups to see what can be done within these limitations.