DIY Softbox

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  1. chrisburke

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    Well it's not pretty (yet..) but it does a great job. I got a little bored tonight, and starting playing around with some material and some cardboard...

    This took me maybe 30 minutes to make... I realize it's very ugly.. but there are no stores open right now that i can get "beautifying supplies" i'll do that tomorrow... point for tonight was "does it work" pics of the softbox, and a little sample of the result...

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    and now the results... please note that I didn't really take time to compose this shot, I just stood there, took the shot.. i think maybe in program mode... took a shot without the box, and one with it... I'm happy with the result, and look forward to actually taking time to compose a picture tomorrow and seeing the difference. Settings were the same for both of these pics:.. and no, she didn't know that I took the pic

    Without the Box:
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    with the box: note the much softer tones in her skin
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    Nice. What did you use for materials? I have some coroplast here that would probably work great for the frame, I need to figure something out for the diffuser.
     
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    Excellent results, Chris. You really seem to have the DIY thing going on. Very nice!
     
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    thanks BT... when your a pastor who doesnt make the kind of money it takes to buy the fancy stuff, you have to improvise
     
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    You're a pastor? I didn't know that. That's cool.

    I try to swing the DIY thing a lot too. It took me months to save the cash just to get my D40! My current most effective DIY thing is two diffusers I made out of the semi-clear milk jugs! I have a couple of Quantaray MS-1's that I use for off camera lighting, and I hang my milk jugs off of those. It's pretty ghetto looking, but it works!
     
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    yea, i'm a pastor.. have been for 4 years now...

    i would love to see some shots of your DIY.... you can post em here...
     
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    C'mon, Chris... you can't post all this without telling us what you used to make it and how you did it. ;) So spill!
     
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    i just used regular cardboard and I cut out the triangular shape x4... i then taped them all together, and put material (its called tabling) over it.. i didn't actually follow any guides online, i just kind of pulled the idea out of the air... but I'm sure there are some guides online for one..

    for the size of the triangles I just kind of made it up.. I really didn't know what I was doing... but it works great... i was going to take pictures of the process, but was unsure if it would work, so I did bother... maybe if I can find a box I can make another one this weekend and I'll show measurements and everything..

    heres one that looks like a similar process to mine.. cept he used heavy duty cardboard.. I just used a box

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1025&message=10624771
     

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