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More From My Home Made Light Box...
Posted By: PentaxFan, 11-27-2007, 07:44 PM

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11-27-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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Can you take a picture of your home made light box,I've been thinking of one so some ideas are always welcome

Nice pictures BTW
11-27-2007, 08:15 PM   #3
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Yeah, I would love to see how you built it, your pictures really turned out nicely!
11-27-2007, 08:28 PM   #4
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Nice work on these. I'd love to hear more details on your set up.

11-27-2007, 09:02 PM   #5
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Thanks folks ;-)

Ok..This is a rather cheesy photo and set up, but it gets the job done!

1 Box

3 squares cut out of it (1 on top, 2 on sides)

Squares covered with tissue paper (1 sheet thickness)

White Gloss Bristol Board for the inside....long enough and strong enough to take a gentle curve from top to bottom.

2 Cheap Desk Lamps ($10.00 Each) w/60 watt bulbs (Now changed to 100 watt bulbs for much better & brighter light!



Often... I bring the lamps to the front and shine them directly into the box! It makes for a much whiter result on the bristol board! I also set my white balance on the camera to Tungsten!
11-27-2007, 11:42 PM   #6
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Fricken awesome!!!
11-28-2007, 04:36 AM   #7
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awesome shots!!
thats really helpful, thanks for that mate.. i will try and make one this weekend!!
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These are very impressive results you are getting. I will definitely have to play with something like this over the winter.

11-28-2007, 05:28 AM   #9
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Very nice quality results!

I have read a suggestion for using them outdoors for doing macro shots of flowers. It requires that the box be made with the bottom open so the whole thing can be lowered down over and around the subject. Evens out the light and has the added benefit of keeping the breeze off.
11-28-2007, 10:21 AM   #10
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Now that is something I need to make so I can photograph my wife's Hummels (for insurance purposes). Lord knows she has a ton of them! Germany was very green ($$$) when we left.
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Oh I have to build one of these for myself!

What type of lightbulb do you use? It looks like incandescent but do you think fluorescent may work better?
11-28-2007, 09:21 PM   #12
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Thank you for sharing your set up. It looks to work well for you. I'd read about making a box like this before. I have a folding pop up type box from eekbay but the light doesn't penetrate through it as I would like. I think your homemade box here would let in more light.
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Thanks All ;-)

@ Buschmaster - Yes....they are incandescent bulbs! Never really thought to try fluorescent, maybe I will ;-)
11-28-2007, 10:18 PM   #14
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I think what I'll do is pick up some light bulbs and get a couple incandescent and a couple fluorescent.

I think fluorescent might make the subjects colors a little more true. But I'm not sure, so I have to test it out and see!
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Great pictures! Great setup. Have been looking for table lamps like those. Am inspired to do something similar

Sudeep
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