Monday, October 17, 2016

Modahaus Photo Light Studio Giveaway | Rostrum Camera Stand Review

By on Monday, October 17, 2016 78 Comments

I am always so grateful that I took a chance and bought the Modahaus Photo Light Studio years ago when they  first came out with the smallest one. That model the TS216 has been discontinued. The company has since created larger light studios.  All are still portable and easy to store. These are excellent for all kinds of product photography. The polymer material works well as backgrounds and as light diffusers.


Modahaus has come up with another product, the Rostrum Camera Stand. I received one for review. Rostrum cameras are used in the animation and movie industry. They are typically complicated pieces of equipment. So Modahaus' Rostrum Camera Stand is ingenious because it lets you use your own camera and smartphones. It still maintains their notable folding and easy storage capabilities.  Watch the video and see all the different applications.



Without a doubt the photographable area below the stand easily expands especially if the stand is mounted higher.  I particularly like how even fashion garments can be captured.  Food bloggers and videographers will find this stand useful.

Photo courtesy of Modahaus

As would artists and crafters alike. It is suitable for who needs to photograph a montage.

Photo courtesy of Modahaus

Jewelry designers can introduce fun props for their product photographs.

Photo courtesy of Modahaus
It is best mounted on a wall.  A strong support is needed if it is used with heavier cameras such as the dSLRs.  The distance to the object can be adjusted either by raising/lowering the object itself or having different wall mount levels.

Photo courtesy of Modahaus
I mounted the rostrum stand on my window using just a suction hook.  The latter is sufficient to support smartphones like mine.


I just laid the white polymer sheets from my TS320 flat as the background. So this group overhead shot of three of my latest real flower resin jewelry pendants was a breeze to take.


I had previously photographed the screen printed resin bib necklace I made (see tutorial) using a combination of one of the Steady Stands and the TS320.  This one was tricky to photograph - the neutral color and resin material are challenging enough. Doubly so on white backgrounds.  (Note : if you are having trouble with your photography, use colored backgrounds - they are easier!)


Nothing wrong with that.  But in the uncropped photo, the support legs of the Steady Stand is visible. So cropping is necessary. This may or may not affect the orientation possibilities of the photo. What if you wanted more background on the sides?


There was no problem the rostrum camera stand as it had no legs! Note - I retook the photograph without the black polymer sheet behind the white.




In the above photograph, I noticed the band of wood (from my window frame) showing through. So I added some pieces of cardstock as shown below.


So doing that got rid of that band.




Using the Rostrum Camera Stand with the light coming from the back is tricky as you can see from the above photos of the black and clear bib necklace.  The light is better coming in from the side(s) as shown in the Modahaus photos at the beginning of this post.  So I will have to figure out how to mount the stand NOT on my window. Perhaps on the wire shelf to the right of my table (not seen).

Jewelry makers who produce still or video tutorials will love the Rostrum Camera Stand. Just one thing to note.  It's best used with a shallow desk otherwise you'll have to lean or reach forward.  My table happens to have folding leaves so I could make the table smaller.

I could also lower the suction hook so I could sit at the table rather than stand. Some testing will be required to find the optional position.


Conclusion 
The Rostrum Camera Stand is great for overhead photography and videography.  It can capture a much larger area than if you use the steady stands.  If you do not have a Tabletop Studio, then I recommend you get the TS320 or TS400 first and consider the Steady Stand or the Rostrum Camera Stand as a bundle or in the future.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win one of the following choices : Modahaus Tabletop Studio 320, Steady Stand Kit or Rostrum Camera Stand , please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Modahaus is also offering a 5% discount to my readers for any of their products.  Use code : pearl This is on top of their bundle or multiple discounts. Sweet.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international. 

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  October 24, 2016. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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I receive books and products for review.  The opinions expressed are solely my own. They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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78 comments:

  1. What a fabulous giveaway I am never able to do a good job photographing my jewelry. I wonder if this would also work on my paintings? Thanks, as always, for the opportunity to win something wonderful! I love your blog! Kathy
    kathy (at) kurke (dot) net

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    1. The Rostrum Camera Stand will definitely work with your paintings. You just have to have the right distance above your paintings.

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  2. The Rostrum camera stand would definitely help me photograph my jewelry more easily than the set-up I use now. Christine /cmcocon at gmaildotcom.

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  3. This looks awesome...would love to have it!

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  4. Oh! Pearl! Thank you for this review!! Photography has been such a challenge for me. This looks like a wonderful system. Would love to win since it will remain a dream for quite a long time for me. Crossing fingers and saying a little prayer.

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  5. Great review - this really makes me want to try it out. Thanks Pearl!

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  6. Oh this would be so ideal to win! I've tried making my own light boxes, and different methods of lighting, some professional parts assistance would be fantastic!! I'm a blog follower, subscriber and Facebook fan, can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com. Fingers n toes crossed!

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  7. Please enter me in the give-away. I gave up a long time ago trying to take good pictures of my creations even if I'm not selling them. I'm also a subscriber. Thanks

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  8. I realy like your Modahaus Tabletop Studio 320 and would be happy to win one

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  9. Wow ! what a great giveaway !! I am a follower , and would love to try and make nice photos ...

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  10. Awesome products for small items photography! The stand for overhead photography makes it so easy to take beautiful detailed pictures and the photo cubes are really portable and easy to move around the house in search of the best light. Any of these products would be an asset to one's business or hobby. I am a blog follower.

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  11. I have bought more expensive light tents but I always go back to the backgrounds from Modahaus (even when they are dirty)so I would love to win the studio or the steady stand again

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    1. Try cleaning them. Use a wet cloth with soap and water or even wipe clean when rubbing alcohol if you' be spilled something non water soluble on it. I keep mine clean - especially since I also use mine for tutorials by placing sheets of protective wax paper on them in case of spillage. Otherwise most people will find that a damp wipe or even a Swiffer will clear the dust off easily.

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  12. WOW! Love this photography setup...looks like it makes taking photos of your jewelry so easy. Taking great photos of my glass jewelry is no doubt the hardest part of my job. I would love to try any part of this photography set up. Thanks for the information. Designsbyfran.com

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  13. I love your site so much. I have learned so many things and you have re-sparked my creativity. Thank you so much. tdm6926@bellsouth.net

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    1. You are so welcome! Sparking creativity is what I love to do!

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  14. Must try this my luck with this awesome giveaway.
    Been following you for years :)

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  15. Wonderful, wonderful products. I would love to have this. Thanks Pearl.
    Carol
    DesigningIt.etsy.com

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  16. How Fabulous! I'm always tweaking how to do better photos of my makes, something of this sort would definitely be helpful!

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  17. I can always use more assistance with photography. Thank you Pearl. Blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  18. Wow! My photography at the moment is strictly amateur as I am still learning how to wire wrap but a give-away like this is just too good to be true. I would love any of those items, it would really help as I move forward with my jewellery. Having your blog sent to my inbox every day is just brilliant, you always feature the coolest things

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  19. I read your emails every time they arrive! What a wonderful opportunity. I would use the steady stands. tahnyaford12@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  20. I struggle with taking pictures. The Steady Stand looks like something that would help me alot. Your pictures always come out great.

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  21. Thanks for showing the versatility of those products. They look wonderful. Love the overhead stand.

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  22. Taking photos of my handmade jewellery is always a challenge for me. Maybe that can be easier using this Modahaus stand. Thank you for the detailed review.
    I am a blog subscriber. And I've shared this great giveaway on Pinterest.
    Ana Cravidão
    http://acbeads.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi Pearl thanks for sharing. The table top studio would be ideal for me. My cell phone camera distotrts the colors of my jewellery! Very frustrating. Thanks for the entry.

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  24. Amazing products. I am always trying to improve my photography of my jewelry.

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  25. I read the beading gem write up by Pearl....I was so very impressed....Mr. Lex thank you for all the work you do to help all us jewelry creators make our work look fabulous....I love how Pearl attached her unit to the window. Ty for this opportunity. Please throw my name in the hat...Jaacquelinesjewels.hotspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jacqueline - as you can see from my window experiment above, it is better if you attach to something on the side. It is trickier the way I did it.

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  26. Love modahaus products! I have the small, but want something bigger! Thanks for the info!
    Maureenwack@gmail.com

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  27. Awesome review. Thanks for such a great giveaway. I totally struggle with taking pictures of the jewelry that I make. This would so help with making photography easy for some of us amateurs. I love your blog and have learned so much reading your blog. Thanks you for all the reviews, tutorials and giveaways Pearl!! ladysparo65@gmail.com

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  28. This is awesomely perfect!! via FB

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  29. Another awesome giveaway via FB

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  30. Thanks for your tips and what a fantastic prize to win.

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  31. Would love to win this!! via FB

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  32. Thank you for sharing your very informative experiments in your review, Pearl! This camera stand would be an invaluable tool for photographing my jewelry.

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  33. Thank you for sharing your very informative experiments in the review, Pearl! This camera stand would be an invaluable tool for photographing my jewelry.

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  34. Photography is just one of those burdens that we must know if we have a business and use online, anything! It should be simplified and these products look like a simple answer. I love the Rostrum Camera Stand.
    Thanks again Pearl for an awesome giveaway!

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  35. Would love to win the Steady Stand Kit. All of this is so impressive. Looks like wonderful products. Thank you, Pearl. I'm a subscriber and my contact info is donnacorn@gmail.com

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  36. I agree with you Pearl! Owning a Modahaus is such a great investment to make! I'm amazed at the difference it makes in my pics and you know I don't try very hard with them!!

    I saw this on their website but didn't pay too much attention to it. Now that it's been explained I'm with everyone else! I want one of those!!

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  37. This is the first item I've seen that makes me want to throw out what I'm doing and change my approach to photographing jewelry items.

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  38. Thank you for this giveaway ! I am a blog subscriber,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  39. Taking photos of my jewelry is my favorite part of listing them for sale. Having this would make that an even more awesome process!

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  40. Thank you for the review and giveaway. I'm just starting out and this was very helpful.

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  41. Please enter me in the drawing Pearl and thank you for this opportunity!

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  42. I would so love a tabletop studio!

    I subscribe to your blog.

    icbnett (at) gmail.com

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  43. What jewelry artist wouldn't love this?! And I can think of a million other uses too. Pick me! Pick me! Please pick me!

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  44. Hi Pearl,

    Product photography is my nemesis. Sometimes I jag it just right but not as often as I would like. The tabletop studio would be a brilliant.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com and on FB, too!

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  45. Would love to win this!! via FB

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  46. I need help with my photos. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

    dorism3560@gmail.com

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  47. What a fantastic way to take pictures. Modahaus are true experts in photography! ktvoguedesigns at gmail.com

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  48. Thanks for doing the giveaway! I follow you on the blog and fb.
    Alikat2004 on Ravelry.com

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  49. Dear Pearl, Thanks so much for offering this extraordinary giveaway. I am in NEED of some help in this department and any of these would be such a boon to my photographic work. I have loads of jewelry to photograph if I am to sell them online, and I would be soooooooo very pleased to win any one of these prizes. Thanks again.

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  50. Great article and product. I really want to win this!!
    Kathy C
    kathy@beadify.com

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  51. Thanks for another wonderful giveaway Would love to win a professional setup for photographing my work. like you on Facebook.
    tigers628@hotmail.com

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  52. Would lover to win this. Thank you for the opportunity! !

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  53. I've been looking at these for a while and couldn't decide which would best suit my needs; now I know the tabletop studio 320 should be my first port of call. So thanks, Pearl, for your ever-practical advice!
    I'm a subscriber (obviously!): lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  54. OMG, I have entered in this give-away so many times. I would LOVE to win! Did I say LOVE? Just checking! I've read so many positive reviews on the Modahaus Tabletop Studio 320; however, I would gladly accept the Steady Stand Kit or Rostrum Camera Stand. I've been a follower of your blog for many years. And, while I have you, I must say I have learned so much as you have a great way of adding all the little tips and tricks needed to make the learning process smoother. Thank you for all you do. And THANK YOU to Modahaus for another give-away! Terri Bidwell/terri@bidwells.us

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  55. Greta gdmar@comcast.netOctober 18, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    What a blessing it would be to win one of these. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  56. Elizabeth NahorneyOctober 18, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Perfect way to make life easier!! Love it!!

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  57. What cool products. It would be hard to pick between the three. Love your blog so much I'm subscribed so nothing gets missed.
    Mona Arnott

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  58. Would love to win the Modhaus photo lighting kit! It's on my wish list. Hope I win! Here is my contact info. cml1957@icloud.com
    Thanks, Chris

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  59. Those items sure do create beautiful pics! Awesome job!

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  60. This would be a wonderful addition to my work station. I always struggle with photos of my jewelry.

    swillert@new.rr.com

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  61. I would love to win the Steady Stand. Love your blog and the wonderful resources you share with us.

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  62. I frequently go to their website and look at their products knowing they would be a huge help in getting better images. Would love to win this as a start.

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  63. As I'm just starting to sell my jewelry online any of these products would be a huge help. Thank you for the wonderful info and the chance to win these amazing products.
    My contact info is: csulli1029@yahoo.com

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  64. Hi, i'm from Argentine. I make pins, necklaces and brooches. You can see them at: mundoargentino.com.ar and you will see that i deserve more beautiful pictures of my stuff!!! The modahuas studio is amazing! Suerte para mí! Flor

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  65. Oh my goodness. I would love to use this for taking photos. I also struggle with taking jewelry photos.

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  66. I keep following your photographic advice and as soon as time permits I will take part in your webinars. The camera stand is a good way to start getting betting at photography. Thanks for your regular blog posts!

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  67. Those darn pictures!! These look wonderful.

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  68. I would love to win this awesome prize thanks for the chaNCE.
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  69. Im an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
    pinterest.com/sally0630
    Facebook
    Sarah Scott Oswald

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  70. I shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/sally06301/status/789702008727040000

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  71. Nice giveaway-becky.jamin@knology.net

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  72. I hate having to take tons of photos of the same thing to get one to turn out. This would be a great timesaver, as well as help with taking great photos!
    judyklarson@gmail.com

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  73. Photography has been our nemesis! This is a super helpful article; thank you! Giveaway - katmannandrobin@gmail.com

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  74. I would love to win any of these great products! I participated in the webinar which helped so much with taking photos of my jewelry. I still need to get some of the equipment mentioned during that webinar. Any one of these would be awesome! designsbymarlade@gmail.com

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