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May 15, 2009 10:03 |  #3376

I have a pretty crude cardboard box setup for a while now. I just ran across this thread and I'd like to share some images that I have created with it.

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May 15, 2009 12:37 |  #3377

Thank you everyone for the direction!


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May 16, 2009 12:49 |  #3378

look at what harbor freight carries wow
http://www.harborfreig​ht.com …item.taf?Itemnu​mber=98219 (external link)


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May 16, 2009 13:11 |  #3379

thas awesome. decent price too. man i wonder if i can just go look around for a collapsible laundry hamper that is in that white diffused material and im good to go. great idea tho. i might have to cut into that circle hole on the harbor frieght one tho since its seems to be obstructing camera view.


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May 16, 2009 13:15 |  #3380

ok just did a quick search and saw a nice prospect for a project.

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with some mods i think it can be pretty awesome. i love the idea of the collapsible frame. something that can be brought to places for like products shots and stuff. if i find the right frame and even if its not the diffused white material i need. i might even just buy some of that material and sew or attached it somehow onto that frame. i think its a nice alternative to the bulky pc pipes solution which is awesome already. image is linked to product site.

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May 16, 2009 14:14 |  #3381

sdsviet wrote in post #7933349 (external link)
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with some mods i think it can be pretty awesome. i love the idea of the collapsible frame. something that can be brought to places for like products shots and stuff. if i find the right frame and even if its not the diffused white material i need. i might even just buy some of that material and sew or attached it somehow onto that frame. i think its a nice alternative to the bulky pc pipes solution which is awesome already. image is linked to product site.

Cool...and of course look at the shop lights...they even have LED versions!!

http://search.harborfr​eight.com …ch.do?keyword=w​ork+lights (external link)


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May 16, 2009 14:17 |  #3382

morpheus6d9 wrote in post #7933249 (external link)
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http://www.harborfreig​ht.com …item.taf?Itemnu​mber=98219 (external link)

For $29, I would have prefer this to any DIY. Thanks for the link.

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May 16, 2009 14:53 |  #3383

the other day I picked up some of those Rubbermaid cutting pads and some WallyWorld brand-x pads as well. the Rubbermaid are in four sizes (meat, poultry, fish and veggie for the germ phobics out there... ;))

I am looking forward to try them out, especially the Brand-X as they are less translucent than the Rubbermaid and might be really nice as a curved background half-circle surround or as an open ended dome over some the items I need to shoot. For me they are just the right size for my workspace which is quite small.

I am hoping to get to them today or tomorrow...oh, I think together the 8 or was it 10 total pads I bought were under $12.


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May 16, 2009 17:40 |  #3384

I can do DIY lightbox if i watch all these threads around for how to do, but for about $39 i bought 2 instead of 1, opened one and the second just still in the case un-opened.


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May 17, 2009 12:25 |  #3385

DDCSD wrote in post #7924478 (external link)
Yep, those lights are similar to what many here are using. You can use just about any light, but you'll need some very long shutter speeds with lower power lights.

Be careful with those lights, they get extremely hot.

wal mart has the same light for $10. I bought one to use for my car and its still in the box lol(bought it just in case I work late into the night). I think I'm going to pick up another one and build my light box.

Another place to get the lights would be Harbor Freight, if you have one in the area hit them up. They also have the replacement halogen bulbs for cheap! We like cheap.


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May 17, 2009 17:38 |  #3386

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For $29, I would have prefer this to any DIY. Thanks for the link.

Mufutau

Something to consider...those light tents are often problematic with larger items or those close to too large. Problems also enter into the situation as the corners are not square nor the bottom actually flat. Those two factors lead to a fair bit less working area than the dimensions might imply. I have three of them 12", 24" and a 48" that I have used off and on for the past 7ish years...I prefer the freedom offered by using free standing foamcore boards, integrating various backdrops as needed. Eventually you might find the same issues with the light tent. So don't buy it thinking it will work for everything like I once did...hehehe... ;)


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May 17, 2009 21:07 as a reply to  @ post 7924478 |  #3387

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May 17, 2009 21:34 |  #3388

Thanks for the knowledge/information you passed on. I have a DIY of the foamboard also, just I also picked-up a 32" like the tent you see for $37 or so, I do use all of them, but I really don't shoot big objects. But I appreciate the info.

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Something to consider...those light tents are often problematic with larger items or those close to too large. Problems also enter into the situation as the corners are not square nor the bottom actually flat. Those two factors lead to a fair bit less working area than the dimensions might imply. I have three of them 12", 24" and a 48" that I have used off and on for the past 7ish years...I prefer the freedom offered by using free standing foamcore boards, integrating various backdrops as needed. Eventually you might find the same issues with the light tent. So don't buy it thinking it will work for everything like I once did...hehehe... ;)




  
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May 18, 2009 00:15 as a reply to  @ mufutau55's post |  #3389

Here's a link to a very simple and effective DIY lightbox:

http://scienceblogs.co​m …chnique_the_whi​te_box.php (external link)




  
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May 18, 2009 00:38 |  #3390

http://www.instructabl​es.com/id/Cheap-light-box/ (external link)


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