Ok, yes... I'm that bored. I figured I'd post what I did step by step in order to get the picture below.
Step 1) Set custom white balance on my 30D: Turn your lights on in your box and get your camera set up as if your going to take a normal picture, I used the fully automatic mode. I turned on my 580EX flash for my white balance photo. Aim it towards the back of your box, put the lens on "manual" (otherwise it won't take a picture) and pull the trigger.
Next, press the menu button on your camera. In the red menu find the "CUSTOM WB" and select it. It will bring up the white picture you just took, if it doesn't scroll through the pictures and select the white picture you just took. It will tell you to set your camera to the 2 little triangles and the box icon thing (That's the custom white balance icon). Change your WB to the "CUSTOM SETTING ICON".
You're now ready to shoot in your light box. Setting the custom white balance is an important step to keep post processing to a minimum.
Step 2) In order to use your custom WB you must select a manual setting... AV, TV, Manual, ETC. I select AV setting and adjust my aperature to F16. I then ensure my 580EX flash is on and my white balance is set to the Custom WB setting. I take my picture.
Step 3) I then upload the picture to my trusty laptop and then open up the RAW image in Photoshop CS2. My first adjustment is to the "Exposure". I increase it until the white looks a "almost" white. Secondly, I increase the "Contrast" to darken up the object and it seems to balance out the adjustment I just made to the exposure. For the picture below, I increased the shadow by 1. Sometimes I'll click on the detail tab and increase the sharpness to 40 or so.
Step 4) I then open it to regular photoshop where I apply a touch of Unsharp Mask. I then create a border and save as a .jpg.
That's it. This might not be helpful to anyone... but I always wonder what others do in order to get the photos to look the way they do.... so I figured I'd at least explain how I do mine, not that it's perfect, but it's just my method.
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