How to use an iPad or laptop as a light source for portraits, still lifes and more

How to use an iPad or laptop as a light source for portraits, still lifes and more

Use your iPad to light your still life photography

Use your iPad to light your still life photography

Still life arrangements, especially food, look a lot better shot under bright, natural light.

If there’s no sunshine, however, you can still get a great effect by using two tablets or laptops in a clamshell arrangement for even lighting. A clamshell setup is a great way to take better product shots for websites like eBay.

Position one screen on either side of your subject and use a tripod to get down to the level of what you’re shooting.

The angled tablets will give an even light – be careful to compose the shot so that the screens aren’t in view.

Use your tablet to light your still life photography

Live View focus
It’s important to focus carefully when shooting close-ups because there’s not much depth of field and you need to be sure the key area of your subject is sharp.

Live View mode uses the image actually captured by the sensor to focus, so it’s the most accurate method.

Use your tablet to light your still life photography: focus in Live View

You can move the square focus area to any part of the picture, and when you half-press the shutter button the camera focuses on that point – the focus square should turn green.

It’s essential that the camera is on a tripod when you do this, because even a tiny change in the position will change the focus. And be patient – Live View autofocus is slower than the normal method.

PAGE 1 – DIY Photography Hacks: using an iPad to light a portrait
PAGE 2 – DIY Photography Hacks: use your tablet to create cool catchlights
PAGE 3 – DIY Photography Hacks: use your iPad to light your still life photography
PAGE 4 – DIY Photography Hacks: use your tablet to create a background for macro photography
PAGE 5 – DIY Photography Hacks: create rainbow cross-polarisation effects using your iPad
PAGE 6 – DIY Photography Hacks: use your iPad to paint with light

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