A cheap Light Box

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A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:27 am

Hey everyone,




This week is the last week of break before I head back to college, so in my spare time I've been researching how to make a homemade light box. It's cheap, yeah, but so far it appears to be doing its job. It's a little flimsy though, so I'll be adjusting it as time goes on.

My materials used were:
-Box
-Box cutter
-Tape
-Lights
-Wax Paper
-Poster board


First, I got my box:


I then cut out three of the sides:


Added the poster board:


Covered the sides with wax paper:


Added some lights:


And snapped a couple pictures:




It's cheap, but then again it's a college kid budget. Should work just fine, and I'll probably have to build bigger ones for my bigger trees.


Comments are more than welcome.



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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:51 am

Hi Ryan,
Did you make this so you can take photos of your trees?
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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:16 am

Todd Ellis wrote:Hi Ryan,
Did you make this so you can take photos of your trees?
Todd

I plan on it, but I'll have to make a bigger one so that I can fit my trees in it.

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:44 am

Does anyone think black would make a better backdrop? Or would that be a bad idea, and eliminate the idea of "depth?"

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Sabi on Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:02 pm

Black doesn't seem to work to well fella, I made on out of an old wall paper pasting table, Just flipped the hinges over then added a light blue bed sheet as a back drop.


P1070004 by mikeybonsai, on Flickr


In Pot by mikeybonsai, on Flickr

You need to get some more light into it to fella, maybe try some tin foil ( aluminium cooking foil ) on the sides instead, also maybe try some clear bulbs and not the pearl ( opaque ) ones

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  sunip on Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:29 pm

Ryan wrote:Does anyone think black would make a better backdrop? Or would that be a bad idea, and eliminate the idea of "depth?"
Hello Ryan,
I like your lightbox.
A black backdrop is nice but the spatial shape of an object will need more light work (Lights and reflecting sheets)
to obtain some interesting depth or some dramatic lighting which should not be overdone.
Sunip Wink

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ian Young on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:33 pm

Blue's nice Dance



This might be of interest Happy Snapping

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:26 pm

Thanks everyone! Beautiful pictures and great advice. I see now why black isn't the best idea.

I did go ahead and make a bigger one, but it still needs more light and I need to iron that sheet Laughing



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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:16 pm

Some ironing helped:

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:27 pm

None of my trees are really picture quality, but this should help with progression pictures.


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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Jason Eider on Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:11 am

Thanks for sharing Ryan. You inspire me to get some better quality photos of my trees and stands.

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:23 am

Jason Eider wrote:Thanks for sharing Ryan. You inspire me to get some better quality photos of my trees and stands.

jason

Glad I could be of help Jason Smile

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  BigDave on Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:08 am

hey ryan, looks good
might need to adjust color balance a bit, do you have a photo editor ?

also,
check out this diy project...
http://jeradhillphoto.com/diy-lightbox-for-product-photography

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:01 am

BigDave wrote:hey ryan, looks good
might need to adjust color balance a bit, do you have a photo editor ?

also,
check out this diy project...
http://jeradhillphoto.com/diy-lightbox-for-product-photography



Thanks Dave! Wonderful link, I really like that.

I do have a photo editor, Gimp, but I have no idea how to use it tongue

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  hmedik on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:25 am

BigDave wrote:hey ryan, looks good
might need to adjust color balance a bit, do you have a photo editor ?

also,
check out this diy project...
http://jeradhillphoto.com/diy-lightbox-for-product-photography
diffrent is, in your link guys use flash light. So they don't need correct white balance.

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  BigDave on Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:50 pm

Ryan wrote:



Thanks Dave! Wonderful link, I really like that.

I do have a photo editor, Gimp, but I have no idea how to use it tongue

Right,Gimp, that is a bit complicated ...I use photoscape, also free, has some powerful photo editing, combining, etc. Easy to use right off the shelf,
check out

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

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Re: A cheap Light Box

Post  Ryan on Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:59 pm

BigDave wrote:
Right,Gimp, that is a bit complicated ...I use photoscape, also free, has some powerful photo editing, combining, etc. Easy to use right off the shelf,
check out

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

Thanks for that, downloading it now.

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