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Apotheosis
April 15th, 2010, 07:47 AM
My light box version is slightly different from Dan's where mine keeps light out.

I've been tossing ideas in my head about how to create a simple light box that can help control the lighting levels to take pictures of my pen collection (among other things) and as I was browsing through websites on pen stands, racks, holders etc - I stumbled onto this set..
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HVO0R2e3I/AAAAAAAAAV8/H-_B3709XCQ/s640/001.jpg
Cheapie set used for action figures that had clamps to hold them in different poses and such that costs (Hong Kong Dollars)$58 a box which isnt all too bad. I bought 2 of these and an extension set (not pictured) and tore away at the bags and bubble wrap and laid them all out on the table
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HVYIMnvWI/AAAAAAAAAWA/_EmRbLpLX-4/s400/02.jpg
After several trials and errors, fittings and refittings, things started to finally fall into place and the base was easy enough..
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HV19zTVUI/AAAAAAAAAWE/DpbGlqSu6Hk/s400/05.jpg
Now came the outer supports and additional frames that will need to hold the black boards (or walls) in place.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HWNMNt93I/AAAAAAAAAWI/Awx5jvlVKXE/s400/DSC02709.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HWaBLkluI/AAAAAAAAAWM/Ved_ybJaf4A/s400/DSC02712.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HWorBfoKI/AAAAAAAAAWU/6gN11HDtB0U/s400/DSC02715.jpg
Now although I already had the frame set up, I also bought 2 pieces of black backing boards in order to create the walls which will be needed to control the lighting level in the centre "Showcase" area. As soon as that was all done, I inserted the clamps at both ends and cut 1 board into half that will go to the sides, and the other uncut piece will be the "wall".
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HXU71Q4AI/AAAAAAAAAWY/O3ihUbMqt7A/s640/DSC02716.jpg
After applying some glue & duct tape the rest was easy - a few tweaks of the camera settings and repositioning of the light source and we're ready to snap away !! Here's a sample :
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_uwXtqIkRBlI/S8HYAWvGkwI/AAAAAAAAAWg/sKRt9rx0Xls/s640/01.jpg

(Boer 8 horses rollerball)

dannzeman
April 15th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Very cool! I can't wait to get home and look at this on a computer full screen.

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eriquito
April 16th, 2010, 10:51 AM
Very cool, indeed!

Reminds me of the Erector Sets of old.

Thanks for sharing these photos, Leo. You might inspire me yet =)

Eric
Son of Ragnar

Apotheosis
April 16th, 2010, 11:01 AM
I'm looking forward to see how other people have different ways of setting up their light boxes too !

I'm sure there are others out there with interesting ways. It's always fun to see how creative people are JUST to get the perfect shots !!

leo

dannzeman
April 16th, 2010, 10:48 PM
...It's always fun to see how creative people are JUST to get the perfect shots !!

leo
People will go to all ends of the earth to get the perfect picture.

I've finally found the time to check out your pics in full res. I'll have to try to set up another box similar to yours and do some shots, then compare them to what I get in my box to see how much they differ.

Thanks for the great thread! I look forward to seeing more from you so please keep 'em coming.