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Feb 14, 2007 21:39 |  #1

It's not completed but, I just put this together to see how it would work. See what you guys think. Opinions and suggestions wanted! :)

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Feb 15, 2007 00:39 |  #2

I can't tell for sure... is that a rubbermaid storage bin?
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Feb 15, 2007 07:41 |  #3

It is a rubbermaid storage thing. It's lined with posterboard and aluminum foil to reflect the light, and thanks!


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Feb 15, 2007 08:21 as a reply to  @ Stump's post |  #4

I think the aluminum foil is overkill and unnecessary. I made my lightbox out of white foam core and it works great. There's no reason for additional reflection, much less from silver foil which can not only reflect the light but can also produce mirror like reflections of the subject/object.


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Feb 15, 2007 14:38 |  #5

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I think the aluminum foil is overkill and unnecessary. I made my lightbox out of white foam core and it works great. There's no reason for additional reflection, much less from silver foil which can not only reflect the light but can also produce mirror like reflections of the subject/object.

Okay, thanks. I was just trying different stuff. I think I'll replace the foil with posterboard.


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Feb 15, 2007 15:01 |  #6

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Okay, thanks. I was just trying different stuff. I think I'll replace the foil with posterboard.

If it helps, you can also eliminate the tub altogether. I took the standard 20" x 30" pieces of white foam core sold in craft stores and just made a rectangular box. Then I take white poster paper and place it inside to create the sweep at the back corner. I'm using 4 100 watt fluorescents in clamp on holders with reflectors and it really works great for something so cheap and simple. I see people spending a lot of time and energy engineering complex lightboxes and I think a good deal of it is overcomplicating something that should and could be simple.
If you are doing product photography or are trying to achieve very special lighting effects that require a larger 'set' or one lit more like a portrait might be then I could see the extra effort but that would also be a much larger box or 'set'.

My lightbox has changed a bit over time and the pictures I had originally posted do not represent the box I have now. If I get some time this evening I'll post some pictures of the lightbox and lights and then some photos taken with the box.


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Feb 15, 2007 15:04 |  #7

It's better to create a light box with a fine white cloth and shoot the light through it to diffuse the light. It helps to reduce the harsh shadow.


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Feb 15, 2007 15:10 |  #8

Pasukun wrote in post #2714260 (external link)
It's better to create a light box with a fine white cloth and shoot the light through it to diffuse the light. It helps to reduce the harsh shadow.

Absolutely. If I was going to build a box from scratch I would probably have nylon ripstop on the sides and top but I work around this by pointing the lights up and at the sides and never directly at the object. It works well and I get soft shadows, if any. At the time I was going for ultra-cheap and ultra-simple and it was an expriment that just happened to turn out well.


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Feb 15, 2007 15:39 |  #9

Here is some lightbox made of cloth..
It is written in Korean.. but it has a plenty of pictures to give you general idea.

http://www.slrclub.com …p?id=user_revie​w&no=17707 (external link)


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Feb 15, 2007 20:51 |  #10

I just wanted to make this for fun and to take pictures of ebay items. I'm using 100 watt reveal light bulbs right now. I think I'll make a new one out of pvc pipe and maybe put the light through some cloth. What kind of cloth and where to get it is the next thing. Any pictures of some more lightboxes using cloth? Thanks!


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Feb 15, 2007 22:43 |  #11

Pasukun wrote in post #2714460 (external link)
Here is some lightbox made of cloth..
It is written in Korean.. but it has a plenty of pictures to give you general idea.

http://www.slrclub.com …p?id=user_revie​w&no=17707 (external link)

Hi,

This link does not seem to work. Any ideas?

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Feb 16, 2007 09:17 |  #12

Baadil wrote in post #2716378 (external link)
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This link does not seem to work. Any ideas?

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Odd.. It seems to work just fine for me..


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Feb 16, 2007 10:00 |  #13

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Odd.. It seems to work just fine for me..

It worked fine for me but since I can't read anything on the page it does me no good.


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Feb 16, 2007 12:02 |  #14

You are not missing much.
He was hardly describing anything other than what's already on the picture.


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Feb 16, 2007 13:24 |  #15

here is a link written in what I hope is understandable english.

http://www.photography​-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=139812


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