This tutorial is not about lights, it’s not about fill cards, it’s not about cameras, tripods, or models; it is about fixtures. Not those ceramic things on the ceiling you screw a light bulb into but fixtures that hold the subject (or subjects) you want to photograph in the position and attitude that you want them in when you photograph them. Sand, material, cast iron angle plates, steel blocks, armature wire, hunks of wood, and blobs of FunTak can all be fixtures and this tutorial shows you how to use them to position your still life subjects the way you want them positioned. Although there are a variety of items used as fixtures in this video, you should not be limited to using only them for the fixtures you create to hold your subjects.
As the tutorial points out; sometimes the best fixture is nothing more than a length of gaffer tape crunched up with the sticky side out. Some of the techniques described in this video are featured in Steve Sint’s upcoming book: Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style; release date January 07, 2013.