The table

You are going to need a good surface to put your subject on. I went shopping around a Wallmart and Target and found this table for $15. It even has adjustable height. Getting something like this means you can get other stuff very close to the subject, including yourself. You are only working with a small item as a subject, so anything much bigger than a sheet of paper is just taking up space.

Your work table
Your work table

The first thing to put on that new table of yours is a piece of paper. Matte, heavy duty white inkjet photo paper is best. Normal copy paper is not white enough. Gloss paper is impossible to work with. The Epson heavy Duty Matte paper is about the best thing available.

Other than the table and paper, you will need a few do-dads. First, cleaning tools. A soft lint-free cloth meant for cleaning glasses is a start. A blower-brush, as found in any photo shop, is useful in some occasions. A big bulb meant for testing antifreeze levels in a car (the read bulb thing) makes for a really powerfull blower, though. You can get dust out of all of the nooks and crannies without touching the subject with one of these. Touching the subject is bad, because you get finger prints on the shiny surfaces.

Every would-be photographer needs a rare Magcom Communicator to hold their background paper in place
Every would-be photographer needs a rare Magcom Communicator to hold their background paper in place

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