Here’s a 2-minute tutorial overview from Circuito that will show you how to make your own automated turntable for photography. With the ability to start, stop, and trigger the camera all by itself, this turntable is great for people looking for a streamlined product photo workflow.
The turntable allows you to set the number of angles you want captured of the item on the turntable, and then it will rotate and pause to take an image at each point (the build uses an infrared LED trigger for Canon cameras, but you can rework it for Nikon).
You can even use it for video, and the turntable will slow down smoothly for each angle you’d like to focus on.
The turntable uses Arduino Uno as “the chip that runs the show” and a stepper motor for precise turntable movements. The main body of the device uses laser cut parts you can choose your own material for (they used white plexiglass).
While the video above provides a simple overview of the project, there’s a detailed step-by-step tutorial available on the Circuito website.