Here’s a neat little capture stand you can make at home using simple, cheap materials. I based it on the photography light box tutorial at this page. It uses a regular cardboard box, two lamps (one on each side) and some tracing paper to diffuse the light. The original tutorial uses halogen lamps, but desk lamps also work if they’re bright and close enough. The results are pretty good, given how simple and cheap it is!
Once I made the light box, here’s how I turned it into a capture stand:
I cut a square hole (5″ on each side) in one of the solid walls of the box, and cut a piece of Styrofoam of the same size from some old package.
All that was left to do was fit my web cam into the Styrofoam. This piece very conveniently had a hole in the middle that fit my web cam perfectly. Even if it didn’t, it would have been an easy job to make one. Note: the hole has to be slightly smaller than the width of the web cam, so you get a snug fit.
Here’s how it looks. It’s now ready to shoot some stop-mo with small objects, or even some cut-out animation. If you want to capture some 2D pencil tests, all you have to do is get a peg bar and tape it down at the bottom.
If you try this out, please share your results! I’d love to see them.