Cheap DIY light box help?

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  1. Provo

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    Anyone here has build a cheap diy light box for taking pictures for an online auction or to illustrate a product?

    I have googled up some results but not diggin the shadows and the overall results I have found so far, if at all you have attempted this and has worked out with excellent results please help me out and post a sample pic and also which intructions if any you have followed and equipment used fabric,lens etc. Thanks ahead
     
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    Save your time and buy a collapsible tent from Alzo Digital. Their 28" cube is ~$50 and comes with four paper backdrops.

    While you're shopping there purchase some 5500k CF bulbs, mount them in inexpensive clamp on reflectors and you're set.

    A test shot...

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    Cheers, Don
     
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    Thank you all for your suggestions as they are valued
     
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    I have a light-box but find this set-up much easier to use; well in the daytime at least. ;)


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    You can purchase swatches of felt in various colours from a dollar store & fill light on the dark side of the subject with a ladies hand mirror if you wish.


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    whats up with the ghosting around the camera?
     
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    Maybe caused by the flash opposing the strong back-light.
     
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    I thought it might be helpful for some to demonstrate what I am doing. I changed the felt background to a green one (not the best) & shot this nut lit only by the light from the window on camera right.


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    Notice the deep shadowing on the left side. With the aid of a mirror only, it is possible to fill in the shadows as you see in pic #2.


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    In pic #3 most of the shadowing is filled.

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    By changing the position of the mirror more of the shadow is filled in pic #4.

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