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MMM- Photographing Miniatures – My Equipment

My 7 part series on Photographing Miniatures starts today!



As a note, for this post, but really this entire series, I can only speak to my experience. The equipment listed here, and the tips in future posts may not be the best out there, but they work for me and hopefully will work for you. My camera is an entry level dslr, but I do have  a very nice lens, so it all goes back and forth and really comes down to your priorities when shooting. With that, let’s begin!

Here’s a basic listing of the main equipment I use, some with a tip or two listed underneath. While this post will serve as an overview, future posts will delve deeper.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens –

canon t1i

An entry level DSLR that I got in 2009. There are now T6is – same camera essentially but with better specs. I’ve had good luck with this one though, and my next upgrade I plan to go straight to a full frame sensor camera, like the Canon 6D.

Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) –


A really intuitive point and shoot with tons of features. While the waterproof and dust proof is great – I primarily got this one for its macro capabilities.

Lens(es): Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras –


My go to lens!

Fisheye and telephoto lenses are available for this camera, but I have not invested in either.
Lensbaby The Control Freak for Canon EF mount Digital SLR Cameras –

control freamThis is a tilt shift lens. I use it for any image where I want just a point of focus rather than a range. Check out my recent post on images that represent fugue states to get an idea for this effect.

When I’m not shooting macro I simply use the 18-55mm zoom lens that came with the camera. It’s definitely not as good of quality as my 100mm but it gets the job done.
Other Camera Accessories: SanDisk 32GB Class 4 SDHC Memory Card, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDSDB-032G-AFFP –

sd card

One for each of my cameras. Be aware that the larger the card memory, the slower the camera can save and take another shot. However, I have had very little issues with this one, and you can invest in higher speed cards as well.

Olympus LED Light Guide (LG-1) for Olympus TG-1/2/3/4 –

light guide

Very useful when shooting super close up, to the point where you block the light with the shadow of your camera. Olympus now offers a waterproof version of this as well.


Studio: 16” CowboyStudio Table Top Photo Studio Light Tent Kit in a Box – 1 Tent, 2 Light Set, 1 Stand, 1 Case –


Other Lights: Super Bright Portable LED Lamp –

led light

Other Backdrops:


·         Scrapbook paper

·         Foam Board

·         Mini Science Tri-Fold Display Boards

Miscellaneous: ·         Tripod – I’ve used various brands over the years and haven’t found one that I’m ready to be absolutely gung-ho about, my current one is a hand me down from my father. The main goal is to have one light enough to move around, while steady enough to support the weight of your lens.
Future Investments:


Plexi glass sheet with light or light table to set up on top of.

·         lexan Sheet – Polycarbonate – .030″ – 1/32″ Thick, Clear, 12″ x 12″ Nominal –




Reflective Surface

·         CowboyStudio Acrylic Black and White Magnetic Display Table for Product Photography (Ps-13) –




Various other light bulbs

·         A19 LED Bulb – 105 Watt Equivalent –

bulb 1


·         Great Value LED Light Bulb 10W (60W Equivalent) Omni (E26) Dimmable, Daylight –

bulb 2

New Tabletop Studio Lights with Gels

·         LimoStudio Photography Continuous 600 Lumen LED Light Set for Table Top Studio Portable Lighting Kit with Gel Filters, AGG1501 –


·         LimoStudio Photography Photo Studio 4 Color Gel Filter for 45W Strobe Flash Light, AGG1444 –


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