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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Photo Fun With Light Boxes
Well, one good thing I can say about how unpredictable the sun has been this summer is that it's pushing me to try some new things with photography. I love shooting landscapes but have always wanted to try doing some studio photography too--especially interesting product type photography. But, studio equipment is freakin' expensive so I kind of dismissed ever being able to afford to do it. Until I ran across a book at Barnes and Noble and a few websites online that talk about really cheap ways to make studio equipment. Man, I love the internet!!!
Because I don't have studio space (and storage space) right now, I decided I should start with something fairly small. So, I decided to try making a light box or light tent. Basically it's a box or tent made with white fabric that is used to photograph close ups of small objects--think etsy and ebay photos. I found some instructions online to make one out of a cardboard box. Here's a link if you're interested in finding out more. http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-make-a-inexpensive-light-tent
Anyway, I went to Lowes and bought a cardboard box, a few clamp-on work lights and scrounged around till I found some vellum and some masking tape and voila, I had a light box.
Here is the basic set up I used today.
I took all the camera photos in my last post using this set up and then tried some pictures of glass.
I still have a ton to learn and I need to try a few different techniques in order to get the kind of photos of glass that I really want but all in all, it was a fun day of experimentation. :)