Home made soft box

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  1. sealish

    sealish Member

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    I had a bit of time on my hands this morning, and a few bits and pieces lying around, so I finally built my own soft box after seeing so many around the net.

    Now what in the hell do I take shots of!? :confused:

    A shot of the screw driver used to replace one of the halogen globes
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    The obligatory lens shot
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    The EOS300 with the 20mm
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    Lemons, not limes - they just aren't ripe
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    My "studio" - where the magic happens (note: EOS 300 with cord to laptop :confused: )
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  2. tin

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    Oh, you could have gotten so much more creative...
    Should have taken photos of "the materials you'll need to make one". Started off well, but I don't think the lemons are needed :p

    Edit: Also, what did you use? Looks a bit like a cardboard box in the last photo. I may have a need to have something like this soon, only possibly somewhat bigger.
     
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    sealish

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    You can't make one of these without lemons! What would your tequila mix with?


    Here's the basic model I used for mine: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html

    There's some other designs out there that look a little nicer, but since I had cardboard boxes, white poster paper and my garage halogens already sitting there I followed that model.

    http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&q=diy+softbox&btnG=Google+Search


    Here's a couple more from this afternoon, my housemate's traditional, Saturday, hangover fare was running late today and I managed to steal it for a whole minute for a shot before he took it back:
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    A model car my son left here:
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    Crazy, How would I go about building one of these?

    EDIT (ow I see the link there)
     
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    bloody fantastic !!!
     
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    Thanks guys, and one final update before I find something worth shooting with it.

    My two guns:

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    Nice results!
     
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    Wow, they're probably some of the best lightbox shots I've seen for a good while, which is particularly good because its a ghetto setup! :leet:

    Only comment I might make would be to consider a direct front light also. The lens shot demonstrates this the best - little dark in the centre.
    (These are just nitpicking comments though, on the whole it is very well done)
     
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    Very nice results. Time for some abstract lightbox art. :thumbup:
     
  10. Kataton1c

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    What lights / globes are you using?

    I believe I have the same lights bought from Bunnings, but didn't know which globes to put in them. Obviously need the white ones, the normal ones produce the typical Yellow.
     
  11. Dinuc

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    Nope, use those ones. Do a custom white balance first.

    Dna
     
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    Exactly what Dinuc said. They are Bunnings cheapy halogens that throw a lot of hot, yellow light. A quick snap and custom white balance is set and everything looks very white.


    Some front fill is a very good idea, might throw the stofen on the 580 and dial it down a couple of notches - see how that does. I need more nice things to photograph in it though - First time in my adult life I've said it, but; "I need a vase." :D
     
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    :thumbdn: to the vase. borrow your son's toys :lol:
     
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    :O

    I was under the impression I'd need new globes etc.

    I'm starting out, great tip and saved me plenty of money.
     
  15. Julz

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    i just made myself a similar soft box with a box from some logitech computer speakers - perfect size.

    Didn't use hot lights for my first few shots, used a crappy fluro desk lamp which is quite dark due to its age. Haven't got a wireless flash trigger either or an off shoe cord so i had to play with the angles of my top mounted flash.

    Quite happy i made one as i sell a few things on ebay and this will be perfect for product shots. Should wire in some white CCFL's to the inside (or outside) of the box to remove the need for hot lights. I've also just used computer banner paper, a bit thick but i couldnt find the tracing paper.

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