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Another DIY light box, with build and test pics

 
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Mar 05, 2007 16:05 |  #121

BTW for those still looking to build their own. I got everything at WalMart. Gotta love one stop shopping.


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Mar 05, 2007 19:28 |  #122

2 250/500 watt switchable halogen worklights, roll of easel sketch paper, and some nice vellum=$50 lightbox.

First test pic below... not so happy with the background...it's not white enough! Perhaps I do need to set a custom WB for this after all ;)

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Mar 05, 2007 21:51 as a reply to  @ Alec Trevelyan's post |  #123

Since I already commented on some in this thread I figured I would post my very first shot using all of the info I have gathered from this forum. Please tell me what you think don't worry about my feelings just slash and burn!!!


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Mar 06, 2007 00:56 as a reply to  @ fuel123's post |  #124

Slash and burn? No way.. I like it!

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Mar 06, 2007 01:00 |  #125

Alec Trevelyan wrote in post #2821632 (external link)
2 250/500 watt switchable halogen worklights, roll of easel sketch paper, and some nice vellum=$50 lightbox.

First test pic below... not so happy with the background...it's not white enough! Perhaps I do need to set a custom WB for this after all ;)

Custom WB adjustment will probably whiten things up a little. My prefered method is to increase exposure and then increase contrast. I've found when I do those 2 steps it whitens up my background pretty good. (another thing I sometimes do... is increase "shadows" just a hair)

I put a little group of my shots at: www.toddstack.com/ligh​tbox (external link)


fuel123 wrote in post #2822400 (external link)
Since I already commented on some in this thread I figured I would post my very first shot using all of the info I have gathered from this forum. Please tell me what you think don't worry about my feelings just slash and burn!!!

I think your first shot is very good. I think everyone battles the "white balance" issues... There might be better ways to increase the white background but like I mentioned above.... increase exposure and then contrast. If someone has a better way, I would hope they would share.

Also, I just wanted to point out that your "slash and burn" comment made me LOL !! :lol:

Good job though... I'm glad others are keeping the experience alive. :D


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Mar 06, 2007 01:38 as a reply to  @ T0DD's post |  #126

Time to add a photo of my true companion!

;)

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Mar 06, 2007 03:26 as a reply to  @ T0DD's post |  #127

I switched to my 28-135mm IS lens. I'm not a huge fan of this lens but it seemed to do OK for this application.

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Mar 06, 2007 04:03 |  #128

Some of these photos are really cool! I think im going to make a light box on the weekend, shouldn't be too hard.

Now to find a large cardboard box.....


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Alec ­ Trevelyan
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Mar 06, 2007 07:23 |  #129

T0DD wrote in post #2823260 (external link)
Custom WB adjustment will probably whiten things up a little. My prefered method is to increase exposure and then increase contrast. I've found when I do those 2 steps it whitens up my background pretty good. (another thing I sometimes do... is increase "shadows" just a hair)


In that case, perhaps for the next test I'll choose something ...not white ;)


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Mar 06, 2007 12:16 |  #130

What ever happpened to doing color backgrounds?
I am going to try some color backgrounds tonight. I would love to see some of you guys post your color ones


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Mar 06, 2007 15:13 |  #131

fuel123 wrote in post #2825510 (external link)
What ever happpened to doing color backgrounds?
I am going to try some color backgrounds tonight. I would love to see some of you guys post your color ones

I'm to lazy to try color backgrounds... hee hee.

I'll have to try and find something around the house to change the background.
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Mar 06, 2007 17:50 |  #132

T0DD wrote in post #2826499 (external link)
I'll have to try and find something around the house to change the background.

I've looked.. I got nothing. I need to get my ass back to the craft store and see what they got.


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Mar 06, 2007 17:56 |  #133

pepperoni wrote in post #2827280 (external link)
I've looked.. I got nothing. I need to get my ass back to the craft store and see what they got.

I would like to get a black background... something silky. Oh my goodness... I should smack myself for typing something like that. :lol:

The one thing I thought I could use is being used in our spare bedroom. I'll just have to go buy a few pieces of fabric too. :D


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Mar 06, 2007 18:18 |  #134

T0DD wrote in post #2827321 (external link)
Oh my goodness... I should smack myself for typing something like that. :lol:

It's okay.. I just dropped a huge beer can on your head.
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Mar 06, 2007 23:30 |  #135

Okay, now I think I'm getting somewhere...

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