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Photos So I put together a Ghetto lightbox

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by yodasarmpit, 8 Feb 2008.

  1. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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  2. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    sweeet, melikes.
     
  3. Whelan_999

    Whelan_999 New Member

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    Nice, saved you some $ so who cares how ghetto it is.
    -aaron
     
  4. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    I'm making the same damn thing at the moment :D
    We'll have to share results! ;)
     
  5. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    Unless Dorothy pulls back the curtain, nobody will ever know that the wizard is just an old coot. If it does the job, that's all that counts.

    I love it!

    -monkey
     
  6. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    If anyone is interested, although it is easier than walking, the guide was from Strobist! :)
     
  7. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    They're nice to have, aren't they? I made something similar a while back except mine was big enough to hold a big PC case with basically the same method. Now I just fire through a couple umbrellas on either side for the same effect, with a paper backdrop (much more compact when not in use).
     
  8. Jumeira_Johnny

    Jumeira_Johnny 16032 - High plains drifter

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    Are you using the hot light in conjunction with an on camera flash by any chance? If so, try taking it with out the flash. There is a certian flatness to the image that comes from flash straight on, and I see 2 highlights (in red) that I think are very distracting from what could be a good shot. Also, there are shadows (in blue), that the lightbox are intended to remove by diffusion.
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    If you look at the first setup shot, then you see the flatness and the highlights, but the second setup shot has a great soft light that shows off the curves of the lenses with shadows. The final shot, while having some of the shadows that the define the lenses, has just enough flash to add a splash of garishness to it. I hope I am making my point clear. If you need a second light (and in a box like that you might not) I would try a second hot light on the right but further back to lower it's power, or the flash-if you can get it off camera.
     
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  9. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    Thanks JJ, great points.
     
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    I agree with johnny, only to add that you can add two front barn doors (white) to bounce some light onto the front/face of the object you are shooting. It will help significantly, and perhaps you wont have to utilize a secondary light source.
     
  11. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    Had another play around, this time only using the hot light to the side.

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  12. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    da, is better. i like the side shadowing.
     
  13. outlawaol

    outlawaol Geeked since 1982

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    Amazing how the light brings out those little tiny microscopic dust particles. :D

    And great light box, considering its home made. :)
     
  14. Jumeira_Johnny

    Jumeira_Johnny 16032 - High plains drifter

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    The 2 new shots are much better, IMO. If I had to give constructive feed back, it would be that for the USB stick, I would have gone with a gray background. The silver/white of the USB gets lost a bit on the lanyard. And if you really wanted to make it pop, maybe a little light painting on the OCZ logo. Since that is usually the focus of product photography. Which I realize is not what you are trying to do here. Otherwise, an overall good shot with a high key look.
     
  15. dragontail

    dragontail 5bet Bluffer

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    Forgive my n00bishness, but what is lightbox used for? The pictures are really nice btw. Yoda, what camera have you got?
     
  16. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    a lightbox is for getting pictures like that :p
    they're used in product photography to make the item look sexier.
     
  17. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    W/O flash is a lot better. Congrats on the new lightbox :)
     
  18. jeff127

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    That last one is excellent. Good work. :)


    Jeff.
     
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