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Mar 07, 2007 21:47 |  #166

Refemall wrote in post #2834413 (external link)
Sure thing... I don't have a second camera, so I took this with my webcam (hence the crappy quality). Don't mind the wallpaper. I live in my parents house still and can't afford a painter.

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Looks great! Is that a real diffuser on your flash or homemade?


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Mar 07, 2007 21:58 |  #167

cowboylife wrote in post #2834424 (external link)
Looks great! Is that a real diffuser on your flash or homemade?

It's a Sto-Fen Omnibounce. I think it was worth the money.

The lightbox is kind of flimsy as I couldn't find any whole boxes large enough. So I had to cut and paste (or tape).

Over the summer (or as soon as school ends in April), I plan on fabricating a stronger one out of fibre board or something similar. Either that or I'll take the time to make one out of foam core, so it can be easily disassembled.

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Mar 07, 2007 22:25 as a reply to  @ Refemall's post |  #168

My first attempt at a black background!
I'd like the background pure black, so I'll keep working on it.

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Mar 07, 2007 22:35 |  #169

Refemall wrote in post #2834356 (external link)
This just looked like so much fun, that I had to go out and do it myself. $25 later, and i got my own light box.

Here's some of the fun I've had tonight.

Go easy on me. I'm a n00b at this lightbox stuff.

Another person bitten by the bug. Good job! If I had any critique it would be that (me personally) I think the bokeh in these type of pictures takes away from the picture. I'd think your shots would pop more if you were in the F11-F19 range. But again... I think your setup and your shots are commendable !! Good work! :D


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Mar 07, 2007 22:43 |  #170

pepperoni wrote in post #2834607 (external link)
My first attempt at a black background!
I'd like the background pure black, so I'll keep working on it.

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:cool:

It seems fitting that you'd be the first to attempt the black background, I mean, you are the creator of this thread! :lol:

Ok... I need specifics on what type of glass you're using because I'm not getting anywhere near the reflection you're getting... and quite frankly it's starting to p*ss me off !! ;) :D


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Mar 07, 2007 22:43 |  #171

pepperoni wrote in post #2834607 (external link)
My first attempt at a black background!
I'd like the background pure black, so I'll keep working on it.

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:cool:

Nice shot, what lense did you use to shoot this? Can you take a shot of he set up. It helps noobs like me understand whats going on behind the scenes better.

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Mar 07, 2007 22:57 as a reply to  @ fuel123's post |  #172

Sure. No problem!

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Mar 07, 2007 23:05 as a reply to  @ pepperoni's post |  #173

I'm using my Sigma 17-70 lens, and the glass is cheap-ass, thin picture frame glass. I bet you could buy a picture frame with glass like this for around $10. I just happed to have one in the attic so I took the glass out.

Thanks everyone. I love the level of involvement and creativity in this thread. It's been added to the DIY sticky in this forum too!

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Mar 07, 2007 23:17 |  #174

T0DD wrote in post #2834645 (external link)
If I had any critique it would be that (me personally) I think the bokeh in these type of pictures takes away from the picture. I'd think your shots would pop more if you were in the F11-F19 range. But again... I think your setup and your shots are commendable !! Good work! :D

Haha, actually I had it at F19ish, and then changed it to 4/5.6 for some reason, and completely forgot to change it back. I didn't realize until PP.

Thanks though.

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I'm using my Sigma 17-70 lens, and the glass is cheap-ass, thin picture frame glass. I bet you could buy a picture frame with glass like this for around $10. I just happed to have one in the attic so I took the glass out.

Haha yeah I did the same thing.

I'm thinking a black tightly woven fabric might be even better for the background. I suppose it could work with a white fabric too. It's easy to blow out the white if you need to though.


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Mar 07, 2007 23:20 |  #175

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Ok... I need specifics on what type of glass you're using because I'm not getting anywhere near the reflection you're getting... and quite frankly it's starting to p*ss me off !! ;) :D

Look at his setup picture I think I just realized the problems with the reflections. Try angling your lights further back, so it barely points into the box, like pepperoni's. I think full frontal blows out the reflection too much.

Just my 2 cents.


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Mar 07, 2007 23:26 |  #176

Refemall wrote in post #2834875 (external link)
Look at his setup picture I think I just realized the problems with the reflections. Try angling your lights further back, so it barely points into the box, like pepperoni's. I think full frontal blows out the reflection too much.

Just my 2 cents.

I'll definitely try that, thanks for the tip. I'm just using a picture frame glass too... I found a picture frame at "Michaels" for like $5. Hopefully that will give me good glass reflection.

I took a picture of my current set up... sorry pic is so dark.

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Mar 07, 2007 23:39 |  #177

pepperoni wrote in post #2834607 (external link)
My first attempt at a black background!
I'd like the background pure black, so I'll keep working on it.

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:cool:

What about a solid black sheet doubled up? Wonder if that would produce a "blacker" black than the paper??


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Mar 07, 2007 23:43 |  #178

Wow - great job - awesome pics


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Mar 07, 2007 23:48 |  #179

Refemall wrote in post #2834864 (external link)
Haha, actually I had it at F19ish, and then changed it to 4/5.6 for some reason, and completely forgot to change it back. I didn't realize until PP.

Thanks though.

Haha yeah I did the same thing.

I'm thinking a black tightly woven fabric might be even better for the background. I suppose it could work with a white fabric too. It's easy to blow out the white if you need to though.

I'm using fabric myself, the only problem with it is you have to make sure you even out any wrinkles/bumbs.


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Mar 08, 2007 00:00 as a reply to  @ post 2829669 |  #180

OK my turn

Another inspired "ghetto" lightbox

I started off fairly well with the WB but then started to get that yellowish tint... not sure if it had to do with flashes getting low on batteries or the combination of flood light + flashes. On some of the shots the only thing that changed was the object (from Lens to piece of jewelry). Can someone explain what effect is occuring with the camera to create such a large difference in WB?

I aslo noticed I had problems getting good reflection on a white bottom; could it be the angle? type of glass? I got better reflection with a black bottom.


1. I started out shooting my Tamron lens (with Canon 100mm 2.8 Wb a little off so I increased my flash output to +2 and got #2

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2. A little overexposed? But I couldnt tell thru the viewer.
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3. Different angle
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4. Got slightly better results by turning off my main (on camera) 580ex.
5. Do you think this or 4 is better?
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6. Now from this point all I did was remove the lens and move the camera the the necklace next to it.
7. Then I added a black bottom (neither came out well)
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8. Another piece (turquoise)
9. Last item... now I must admit at this point I was changing so much I lost track of things so I just quit...
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Here is my ultra sophisticated setup
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Thoughts?


p.s. I thought I had my exif info in the images but I see I dont :( Go here for the originals... sorry for the large sizes. http://www.lwonder.com​/transfer/lightbox/exi​f/ (external link)

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