Made a light box!


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Apr 29, 2010
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Someone would like me to photograph their homemade soaps for their business webpage, so before I said OK I wanted to see if I could make a light box. Now I only had ONE lamp on ONE side, I'm going to walmart tomorrow to get another 5 dollar desk lamp.

Standard photo of crayons (and yes, I know the box should be flipped over the other way)


Jessie from Toy Story

An original My Little Pony from the 80's
I'd say with the second lamp you'll be in business. Good job! How about a photo of the setup?
Ya, these came out nice! Post a pic of what you made.
Looks really good. I made one of these lightboxes from an old monitor box and some white sheets. Still waiting for a second strobe or lamp myself to get it working the way I want. I'll post a picture of mine when I get a chance also.
Do you have a shot of your setup?

Focus is off in #1. The foremost crayon is severly OOF.

#2 & 3. Your lighting is a bit harsh and have hot spots. This can be corrected by flagging and diffusing your lights and possibly repositioning them to a more advatageous position.

You want the item well lighted while still retaining detail. I am currently going through three clients for product photography and can empathize with you. It's a tough game to get the lighting right.

Soaps should be an easier task since it is not a reflective surface. Have you considered a graduated background sweep?

Looks like you did a good job to me!! Please tell me how you did it! I'd love to make one!

EDIT: I see the pic! This looks extremely doable! Cut the sides and top out of the box and replace with paper? Trashbags? Then just a piece of posterboard on the inside??
Yea, I only had ONE light, so I knew there would be dark/light spots. I think I need 3 though, one on each side and another over?
old box from garage, tissue paper, the kind that you use to wrap gifts and a sheet of
Walmart has the desk lamps on sale for back to school deal for 5 dollars
Have you considered a graduated background sweep?

what is that?
no the stuff on the side is tissue paper used to stuff gift bags! do NOT use trashbags! I have a 60 watt light bulb in that lamp, if I had two, I could probably do 40 watts in each...

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