built a light box finally

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  1. cosmoepic

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    so i made one of those light boxes but i didnt have any tissue paper or anything so i used normal paper for the sides and poster board for the back

    i think they're alittle out of focus but heres my first attempt

    thoughts?

    edit: no PP straight out of cam set it to jpeg so i wouldnt have to deal with CS3


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    that is awesome. How did you build it?

    Better yet. Take a picture of the light box and post it. I would like to see or know the construction.
     
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    Nice shot but assuming that your backdrop is white your white balance is off. The second shot is better than the first. The first shot the light doesnt look diffused quite enough.
     
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    theres instructions all over the net about how to make one but i was limited on what i had and will be building one out of wood later this week

    basically cut windows in all the sides of the box then taped white paper over, they recommend tissue paper or tracing paper then you take poster board having it coming from the top of the back panel bending down toward the front opening being careful not to crease it

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    the poster board i used is kinda old so its yellow'd a bit im assuming thats where that coloration is coming from?
     
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    To get a much better WB:

    Set the white balance on the camera for fluorescent light and then take the picture in RAW.

    Then go to lightroom and set the white balance for fluorescent light AGAIN. This will make the background pure white and more professional looking.

    You will need tissue paper... a dollar at any supplies store... to get the proper amount of light deflected in the box. But until then... it's looking good.

    2nd picture looks better... try lowering the light source (towards the table) to get less of a shadow.
     
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    Are you using a flash or that light for lighting?
     
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    thanks man ill do it tomorrow, is way to cold and im to lazy to run out tonight but ill retake and post again

    i dont use lightroom so im assuming theres the same setting on CS3?
     
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    no flash just the white light pictured held at different angles for lighting, i dont have a off board flash yet so i used that one

    did that make sense?
     
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    Get 3 shop lights and use 3 100W Daylight flourescent bulbs. Mine uses trash bags for the diffusion. (You can only see one of the 3 lights.) - TF


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    fantastic pic first off

    i thought about using trash bags so i think ill try that with a bigger box

    what do you use for the back drop or do you change it depending on subject?
     
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    Your white balance IS off then, that kind of light won't produce a white light hence the orange caste. You need to set the white balance probably tungsten or thereabouts.
     

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