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#1 JustWakinUp

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:38 AM

Ok guys,

My kids had a field day with my photobox. So I want to build a bigger badder photobox. ( Typical Male, my wife says ) So what I'm asking is if you wouldn't mind posting a photo of your photo box to give me some inspiration. Maybe post a picture that you've taken in that photobox as well. Thanks in advance
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 12:28 PM

http://strobist.blog...oto-studio.html
If you do a search in our search box you will find some that others have posted.

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 12:05 PM

Here are some photos of one I built recently, along with some details of how it was made...

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 06:33 PM

Good looking photo box Kate!

I have been wanting to make one myself, and this one looks easy and inexpensive!

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 07:01 PM

Thanks for show this. I think I may make one.
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Posted 20 April 2008 - 07:07 PM

Thanks, and you're quite welcome. It is very cheap and easy to make one of these things, and in any size you want. I think I only spent about $30 or so for everything. Cutting and fitting together pieces of PVC is like playing with Lincoln Logs (if anyone remembers those), pretty easy even for me.


Good looking photo box Kate!

I have been wanting to make one myself, and this one looks easy and inexpensive!

Thank YOU!



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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:06 PM

Photo box?
I was just getting use to the Beveling.
Guess I have to trade in the Polaroid
I hear they have some kind of digital camera now.

WOW!


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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

For those of you (or those of us...) who are too busy or lazy to build your own box, I saw these advertised in Shutterbug this month. Folding portable ones with two color backdrop fabric. The home depot versions will be less expensive and you can make them larger, but sometimes, you just can't wrangle that trip to the hardware store...

http://www.calumetph...om/item/RM1009/

Not endorsing a specific model - if anyone knows of others, post 'em!

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:53 AM

I have seen some based on those wire frame pop open tents and auto shade screens, don't remember where probably Inkley photo or some company like that. Apparently they fold flat when not in use. Guess you could call them mini tents.

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 06:45 PM

WHAT THE HECK IS A PHOTOBOX?

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 06:55 PM

WHAT THE HECK IS A PHOTOBOX?

It's kind of a little photo studio to take high quality photos of your work. It gives your subject a good source of very intense diffused light. If you sell your stuff online, a photo box (or "light box", or "soft box") is a must.


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Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:32 AM

A foldable card table makes a good frame that you may already have hiding some where. If you don't need photo box every day, you may want to use this method and transform the card table into a photo box (with shower curtain/lights, background) just when you need it.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:01 AM

Kate, you just make me sick.... in a good way that is. I have been fighting with taking photos of the knives and cases I make. Your design is so stinking simple and looks to work just great! Thanks for sharing you photo box...

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:46 AM

For those of you (or those of us...) who are too busy or lazy to build your own box, I saw these advertised in Shutterbug this month. Folding portable ones with two color backdrop fabric. The home depot versions will be less expensive and you can make them larger, but sometimes, you just can't wrangle that trip to the hardware store...

http://www.calumetph...om/item/RM1009/

Not endorsing a specific model - if anyone knows of others, post 'em!

Brent


I'll endorse this one Brent. I have been using the Calumet Portacube for the past three or four years to photograph my wife's sculpts for her website.
You can see the results here Sculpted Bliss. The only shot we got a pro photographer on was the "film noir" set - as the model was just too big to light and shoot with my kit.

The lighting is done with a homemade contraption - basically a free standing wooden frame that fits up the sides and over the top of the cube. I have two bayonet light fittings screwed to each side (six in total) and have daylight fluorescent lightbulbs in each. I also have another lamp attached to a magic arm so i can position it to the side of the camera and give a little more sparkle to the shots. I also use white foamboard hard up against the bulbs to direct as much light into the cube.


Depending on the model, and the look we want, i don't always use all the lights. Shadows can help bring out the 3d aspects of the models.

Some of the images have been taken with a Digital SLR (canon 350d) and some with a fujifilm f40d (little digi cam) - as long as a tripod is used, then you should get good pix.

After shooting, i always optimise the images in Photoshop, adjusting the black and white levels, as well as adding a touch of sharpness using the Unsharp Mask tool. Then optimise the image for web use and the results are high quality images with very small file sizes.

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Edited by lightningad, 19 March 2012 - 06:48 AM.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:53 AM

for those of you who live in bright areas, you could always shoot your photos outside and make use of the most efficient light source thats available - the Sky!

Overcast days will give a more diffuse lighting, sunny days will give more stark shadows, but these can be overcome by using reflectors to bounce light into shaded areas.

Ever seen Star Wars? The Death Star attack sequence as well as the models of the town Mos Eisley were all shot outside, making use of the sun as the light...just like reality.
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