This week for Project 52 I took an hour and photographed a collection of nuts and bolts. With the time limit of an hour shooting time, I used a 3 light set up with a soft-box overhead, a gridded strobe from the 1 pm position and the third strobe was a sidelight behind a 3-foot square scrim. Using the Paul Buff Cyber commander system I was able to easily change power settings for all the lights as well as turn off and on strobes as needed. The backgrounds were layered on top of each other so I could quickly move from one background to the next saving on set-up time. Shooting with a Nikon d750 and switching between 2 Sigma macro lenses, the 105mm macro and the 50mm macro (discontinued lens).
For stability when shooting close-ups with the 50mm macro lens I used my original Platypod in place of a tripod. This allowed me to set my camera right on my surface and get the results I was looking for. The original Platypod can hold a full frame DSLR and a normal type lens without any camera shake and no fears of the rig tipping. Platypod has options for larger DSLR and longer lenses. The Platydpod MAX saved me in our past San Diego workshop when my bag and tripod decided to stay on the plane and go to Reno. I had the MAX in my camera bag and I was able to instruct and shoot sunset and night cityscapes of San Diego. This is one piece of equipment I can highly recommend placing in your bag.
In an hour I was able to photograph a nice collection of photos, I have added a small sample of the images below.