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Jan 05, 2010 10:33 |  #16

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That one would be perfect.

Purchased! Shipping made it $72 for me, but I'm sure it will be worth it.
Excited now...can't wait to come back and post my first test images!




  
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Jan 06, 2010 10:20 |  #17

Chris, your going to love the box. I did get lights with mine, but so far, I have yet to take a bad picture in it. And that's saying a lot.

Now I just need to learn more about using the lighting I have. ;)


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Jan 10, 2010 20:46 |  #18

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Hello,


I've purchased some foam core boards and other stuff to make a DIY light box, but was also considering buying this...think this would give me some good results with the action figures and toys?

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Light tents are good for producing an even lighting of your subject. While they are good at doing that, I find it difficult to do any more interesting with the light in one of those. Furthermore, adding background et c. is limited to what you can actually fit into the box so creativity is a bit restricted.

I'd stick with the foamcore and other types of diy reflectors to shape the light around your figure.

An example of my setup is attached A set of pvc pipes is used as scaffolding to string up background, figures and reflectors. Here I used two naked flashes for lighting. The image on the right was taken with this particular setup (though its far from the best in the set). The shot is unprocessed so the strings are still visible

With this setup, I have plenty of space for placing lights and reflectors wherever i wish.

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Jan 14, 2010 10:33 |  #19

Nice Wolvy LederK!

I got my light box but they didn't send me the light bulbs or backdrops. Had to email them and they've since shipped those out to me. Just waiting now.




  
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Jan 16, 2010 20:41 |  #20

Ok, I got the bulbs and the backdrops now, the back drops have all those same creases some of you have seen, did you iron them out? Another thing my light box is a 25" cube, but the back drops are only 20" wide, shouldn't they be 25" wide as well to cover the entire back of the cube?




  
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Jan 18, 2010 08:46 |  #21

My backdrops are not quite as wide as my 30" tent, but close. I never did get all the wrinkles out of mine. I did hang them in the bathroom and steamed up the room using the hot shower. It helped, but could have been better. I like the idea of putting them in the dryer for a few minutes with a wet cloth, but be careful of lint. Once it gets on that felt, it won't come out.


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Jan 18, 2010 13:35 |  #22

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My backdrops are not quite as wide as my 30" tent, but close. I never did get all the wrinkles out of mine. I did hang them in the bathroom and steamed up the room using the hot shower. It helped, but could have been better. I like the idea of putting them in the dryer for a few minutes with a wet cloth, but be careful of lint. Once it gets on that felt, it won't come out.

I tried it myself with these ones sent, and it didn't do much, waste of time.
I'm going to iron them next, using something between them and the iron.




  
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Jan 18, 2010 13:54 |  #23

Here is my first attempt with a makeshift backdrop...

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Jan 18, 2010 13:58 |  #24

That's doing what it's supposed to. What is it?


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Jan 18, 2010 13:59 |  #25

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That's doing what it's supposed to. What is it?

Well since the backdrops that came with it are still all folded and creased, I used a piece of white poster board, curved it in the back there, works like it should yes.




  
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Jan 18, 2010 23:01 |  #26

Here are a few more I tried out tonight, with some black poster board as the backdrop...not crazy about what I'm getting, I still need lots of practice.
And when my backdrops come in, and I don't have 2" on the sides where the backdrop doesn't cover up...I'll be better.

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Jan 19, 2010 04:32 |  #27

You are using a tripod? My recommendation is to get out of Av Mode and go to Manual. F/5 and f/8 at ISO 800 simply isn't going to cut it. That's why so much of the figure is out of focus. You need at least ISO 16, maybe more, and shoot at ISO 100 for the best quality. That's the whole purpose of a tent. If it takes 3-4 seconds of shutter speed, doesn't matter, they aren't moving. :)


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Jan 19, 2010 08:25 |  #28

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You are using a tripod? My recommendation is to get out of Av Mode and go to Manual. F/5 and f/8 at ISO 800 simply isn't going to cut it. That's why so much of the figure is out of focus. You need at least ISO 16, maybe more, and shoot at ISO 100 for the best quality. That's the whole purpose of a tent. If it takes 3-4 seconds of shutter speed, doesn't matter, they aren't moving. :)

Nope, I'm doing this hand held, just to see what I can do. I will try it at f/16 and ISO 100 on the tripod. Will post results once I do.




  
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Jan 19, 2010 08:32 |  #29

I'm still new to this myself, but I have discovered that even if the studio lighting looks fairly bright, it can't hold a candle to daylight. Tripods are a must and long shutter speeds are your friend. :lol:

Also, if you haven't figured it out, turn off the TV, your desk lamp behind you and all other lights in the room and use only the tent lights. Took me a few days to figure that out. :)


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Jan 19, 2010 08:36 |  #30

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I'm still new to this myself, but I have discovered that even if the studio lighting looks fairly bright, it can't hold a candle to daylight. Tripods are a must and long shutter speeds are your friend. :lol:

Also, if you haven't figured it out, turn off the TV, your desk lamp behind you and all other lights in the room and use only the tent lights. Took me a few days to figure that out. :)

Yes I did pick up on that, when seeing most everyone's setup, they had all the stuff around them off.




  
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