Light Box Success

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Aperture, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    Hi Everyone. Someone posted a link to a DIY Light Box (I think HckySo) in another thread, and I figured I'd try it out. At first, my results were terrible. I was just using the natural lighting of the room and all the shots were really grainy & dark. (So dark most shots were 100% black) Anyway, I played with the shutter & aperture on my camera & decided to add a lamp in front of the box that pointed up at the inside top of the box. I setup my tripod in front of it, and the pictures were fantastic. I'm going to play with the setup a bit more and see if I can't get it to work better. I just wanted to share with you guys a few pics I took and ask for maybe any critique/tips using light boxes.

    Oh, & please feel free to post your own shots!

    ~Enjoy

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  2. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Great! I've yet to find a box big enough to try it out myself...
     
  3. HckySo macrumors 6502

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  4. Aperture thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for posting it! I love that pic of the water bottle; how did you get that reflection? What kind of paper did you use for the backdrop kind of? I used a very non reflective white poster board.
     
  5. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    Very, very nice.

    Quite impressed, will try it out sometime.
     
  6. HckySo macrumors 6502

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    Well you really can't naturally get those kind of effects, I've just been using Photoshop since I was 10.
     
  7. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Not even if you use two backdrop colors? I'm pretty sure I've seen it done before...
     
  8. HckySo macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, they're called shadows. I just changed the hue and everything.
     
  9. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    and how old are you now? your seem to be a PS master!
     
  10. HckySo macrumors 6502

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    I'm 15.
    I was a DJ at age 12 making 500 a night. I was a web designer at age 13 for numerous organizations and small companies. And at age 14 I started working for one of the highest paid photographers in the region.
     
  11. b0tt094 macrumors 6502

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    I envy u, I'm fifteen and just starting to expand in photoshop and Illustrator
     
  12. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Three letters- IRA.

    Put what you're earning into a Roth IRA, by the time you reach my age, you'll be set.
     
  13. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    hey, almost done with mine...
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    in that picture, it looks like he's got black posterboard taped to the back of his box. will I need that? thanks...
     
  14. Aperture thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Picture doesn't work... All I did was I cut out these sides of the box:

    Code:
    [COLOR="Red"]_________
    l        l
    l        l
    [/COLOR][U]l        l[/U]
    
    Then, I staple-gunned/hot glued tissue paper on the outside of all the "windows". Then I took a big piece of flexible poster board, cut out a rectangle and slid it inside the box and had it continue on outside the box like a carpet.
     
  15. Artofilm macrumors 6502a

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    Hey,

    These are shots take with my new DIY Light Box that I put together the other day. I love this box, especially for the price!

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  16. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    cool, that's what I've done too. In that case, all done!:)
    I need/want a pocket wizard! Are they worth the money?
     
  17. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Gosh, you guys are doing great with your DIY light tents/boxes! Shoot, where were you when I went out and spent $$$ to buy a light tent? :D
     
  18. compuwar macrumors 601

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    On the Internet finding out how to do it cheaper ;)

    Short answer: Yes.

    Longer answer: Alien Bees has a new remote wireless trigger that's way cheap and though I haven't seen a review may be worth the chance if you don't need to rely on it day after day professionally in which case the Wizards win.
     
  19. Moshiiii macrumors 6502a

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    How did you guys deal with the noise?
    I'm using Point and shoot with tungson light selected, 1/200 shutter speed, and f3.2 as apeture. I'm experiences high to mild noise.
     
  20. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    well, how bright is your lamp/strobe? are you using a tripod? what's your ISO speed?
    a tripod (which enables long exposure, and therefore low ISO) is really key for this kind of work.
     
  21. Moshiiii macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using ISO 800 (which is the highest on my camera). No tripod also, thats probably it. Every other ISO setting is too dark.
     
  22. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    that's it. get a tripod, take the ISO down to 200 (or 100 if you can), and leave the shutter open for as long as it needs to be.
     

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