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How To Make Your Own DIY Turntable For Product Photography

360-degree product photography just got a little easier thanks to this DIY turntable you can make at home.

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360-degree photography is a trend that's just starting to take off when it comes to landscapes and action shots but for product photography, 360-degree photography is something that's a little more common. By capturing a shot of a product from a variety of angles, a video can be compiled that allows those who are viewing the product to either move it around manually (if the video is interactive) or watch a short sequence where the product spins around automatically.

For small home studios, you can purchase an automated, mechanical turntable but the New Amsterdam Photo Video company have put a really great tutorial together on how you can make your own DIY turntable for product photography which should save you some cash.

The full tutorial can be found in the video above but here's what you'll need to be able to follow the step-by-step instructions:

1. A lazy susan (This is a spinning surface, like what you see on tables in Chinese restaurants in case you've not heard of the term before.) In the video, one from Ikea is recommended but we're sure any of a similar size will work fine.

2. White paper that's wide enough to cover the lazy susan. You can also use it as a background for your images. 

3. A cloth tape measure that's at least 130cm long. It has to be cloth as you'll be attaching it to the lazy susan to use as a marking guide when taking photos. 

4. A shutter remote that's compatible with your camera (you can turn your smartphone into a remote shutter if your camera has built-in wi-fi and an app.) 

5. Tripod - you don't want the position of your camera to move while you capture multiple shots. 

6. You need something to attach the paper to the lazy susan such as a glue gun, blue tac or tape. 

7. Light - The New Amsterdam Photo Video company use three softboxes lighting from both sides and the top but you could experiment with natural light from a large window and DIY reflectors. We also have a tutorial on creating rim light from table lamps that is worth taking a look at for lighting tips. 

 

More DIY Tricks & Tips 

For more DIY photography themed tutorials, take a look at our technique and feature sections where you'll find articles such as 'How To Make A DIY Photography Studio At Home' and '10 Handy DIY Photography Tricks & Hacks'. 

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