When the heat wave descended upon Virginia a couple of weeks ago taking photographs outside became a real ordeal. The structure shown here made it much easier to take photographs of my paintings. I made it out of PVC pipes and elbows and draped it with sheer white curtains to soften the light. The compact fluorescent bulbs are in lamps that can easily be repositioned to avoid glare. The setup provides a consistency that makes picture taking a snap. For how-to details, click here.