Lightbox from materials around the house!

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  1. DJ_Hippster

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    So I needed to make a light box to take some shots of some products to go on a website, after browsing this forum for ideas I went for a hunt around the house.

    My materials have been,
    • Large piece of cardboard
    • Baking Paper from the kitchen
    • Cutting Knife (Stanley Knife)
    • Packing Tape (Sticky Tape)
    • Ruler
    • 2x Flood lights

    And it went a little something like this:

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    So that's it! My first light box. Seems to work well.

    Here's a couple of shots straight out of the camera, with custom white balance.

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    And my 4 year old beaten around watch :lol:
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    This I might do different next time, or to improve?

    Well I think buying some of those rectangular flood lights might give a more even light into the box, and possibly make the roof silver to reflect a little more, but it does quite alright for spending $0 :D

    CC and comments welcome of course :)

    This is only shot with my EOS 400D with the kit 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses :)
     
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  2. spankyofoz

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    not too shabby at all mate :thumbup:
     
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    DJ_Hippster

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    cheers :)

    here's another i played with after abusing the setup quite a bit, works really well.

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  4. atmo

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    Nice work.

    I'm going to try knocking one up right now. :)
     
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    DJ_Hippster

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    nice!

    You can use any sort of semi-transparent paper for the sides, but i recommend baking paper as its designed for ultra high temperatures, so the heat from the lamps doesn't affect it much :D

    Also the white background is just 3x A4 sheets sticky taped together from the back side, and then just stuck in at the top and allowed to flow down towards the front, so it allows for the seamless transition from the rear wall to the floor.

    post some pics of whatever you come up with, always interesting to see more setups :)
     
  6. atmo

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    Here's what I came up with, and a few quick test shots.

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    Taken with a K200D, 18-50mm kit lens, no PP aside from cropping.

    I'm pretty happy with it, considering it only took an hour and the only cost was $12 for the two floods from bunnings. :)

    If I get time this weekend I might knock up a larger MDF version.
     
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    ahh very nice, the light from the top helps quite a bit!
     
  8. Squeezer

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    Get some A3 copy paper or better still go to your local craft / hobby shop and get some nice white cardboard although that wont be $0
     

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