So is a softbox

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  1. Matt87109

    Matt87109 TPF Noob!

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    for macro photography? I've just been making home made reflectors, but was told a softbox might help.
     
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    seanarmenta TPF Noob!

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    well, that's like saying, is a camera for macro photography? :)

    a softbox is nothing more than a light modifier, which can be used for any type of photography, depending on the effect you're trying to achieve. a softbox is diffuses the light as well as gives it more direction than a standard bowl reflector or umbrella.

    if you want soft to shadowless light with your macro photography, a softbox will help, but you also need to surround the subject with light through the use of white reflectors.

    now, you don't have to go out and buy a softbox just for this purpose, but you can try to replicate the softbox effect by using a white translucent material to light through.


    sean
     
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    thanks.... I'm just learning this stuff!
     
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    hmmmm . so , why not try adapting a dome-tent, WITHOUT the flysheet
    (just the inner-dome with sewn-in groundsheet)
    would this be like a softbox which uses direct sunlight.
    i'm thinking with regard to macro subjects/small products like you mention.
    (obviously the taller/bigger the tent, then..etc). if you used a covered
    table-top (w/o legs, laid on the floor), for a level, rigid base, the lighting
    could look good inside what would be essentially, a translucent bag.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Jack-you can buy a product just like you describe, although I like your DIY idea.
     

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