Recommend a Light Box Kit

nhamze

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Jul 8, 2005
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Can anyone recommend a light box/kit. I am getting into macro photography and while I like the outdoor shots my indoor shots have horrible lighting issues so I was thinking of getting a light box but I am not sure which one is good there are so many different lights and boxes and I don't want to drop a bunch of money on something that is no good. Any help would be appreciated

Nick
 

ChrisA

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Jan 5, 2006
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nhamze said:
Can anyone recommend a light box/kit. I am getting into macro photography and while I like the outdoor shots my indoor shots have horrible lighting issues so I was thinking of getting a light box but I am not sure which one is good there are so many different lights and boxes and I don't want to drop a bunch of money on something that is no good. Any help would be appreciated

Nick
Make one yourself. For very small subjects a 1 galon white plastic milk jug. Just cut out the bottom and one side. For bigger subjects make a tant of out white nylon ripstop. It's not rocket science. For studio shots like these the cheapest Vivitar strobes work well. Use then in manual mode
 

compuwar

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Oct 5, 2006
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nhamze said:
Can anyone recommend a light box/kit. I am getting into macro photography and while I like the outdoor shots my indoor shots have horrible lighting issues so I was thinking of getting a light box but I am not sure which one is good there are so many different lights and boxes and I don't want to drop a bunch of money on something that is no good. Any help would be appreciated

Nick
http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html
 

compuwar

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cookie1105 said:
hey, great link there compuwar.
Thanks, I've got some jewelry to shoot this week and I'm not a jewelry/product photographer, so I've been hunting around for this stuff. It was the best of the 20 or so links I found outside the commercial light tent world, and actually looks better than some of those.

Paul
 

compuwar

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Clix Pix said:
Photek makes a fairly inexpensive light tent set. By the way, these things are called a light tent, not a light box. A lightbox is used to view slides and negatives.
Slides? Negatives? Didn't the Egyptions use those to develop heiroglyphics? :D

(I still have two enlargers, a Jobo and 3 view cameras at home.)