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Building a Light Tent/Box?

I have a bunch of products I need to take pictures of to eventually make their way onto my wife's website for the business she is starting. I was looking into buying this from Adorama:

http://www.adorama.com/VRPSIABAG.htm...rama&item_no=2


But I think paying $60 plus shipping is a little ridiculous for what it is. I did some searching on the web and found this site that has pretty good instructions on how to make on yourself for a lot cheaper:

http://www.pbase.com/wlhuber/light_box_light_tent

Has anyone ever made or used one of these light tents before and have any recommendations?

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Check with Lemarche, a sponsor on here. He has a professional light table and would cut you a good rate to do the shots professionally for you.




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I guess that's what I'm trying to figure out. I know Lemarche does great work, but it's not really cost effective at this point in my wife's business to go out and get professional photographs taken.

I have the means to take the pictures (D80, 50 mm 1.8 lens). I get fairly good pictures with that set up, but I like the look that a light box gives.

I guess I really want to know what makes a "professional" light table. The products I'm taking pictures of are only 6" ^3 about, so I was just going to build a pvc frame. I wanted to know if anyone had opinions on fabric for the outside, as I've seen some sites say use a bed sheet and others recommending using some really expensive material. I actually liked the way the bed sheet photos came out better though

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I've built the PVC light box you posted a Link to. In fact, I've built a few of them and sold them to others (who were too lazy to build their own).

For lighting I used your basic clip-on work light with the "daylight" compact flourescent bulbs (both from Manards).

I didn't do much with the setup so I don't have anything to show for it...I got distracted by aquarium photography and completely forgot about the light box and wound up selling it.

I have to say, the biggest improvement was finding the right lightbulbs for the setup. Those "daylight" compact flourescent bulbs were the key to getting everything a nice neutral white.

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Actually, now that I think about it...after I sold the light boxes, I converted the clip on work lights to aquarium lighting. You can see the three work lights I used mounted to this board (painted black) and hung over my 55 gallon acrylic tank. You can see how pure white the "daylight" bulbs are!


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I really need to make some homemade light ear for portraits. I want to take better shots of my daughter as she grows up. anyone got any ideas for that?




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I've built the PVC light box you posted a Link to. In fact, I've built a few of them and sold them to others (who were too lazy to build their own).

For lighting I used your basic clip-on work light with the "daylight" compact flourescent bulbs (both from Manards).

I didn't do much with the setup so I don't have anything to show for it...I got distracted by aquarium photography and completely forgot about the light box and wound up selling it.

I have to say, the biggest improvement was finding the right lightbulbs for the setup. Those "daylight" compact flourescent bulbs were the key to getting everything a nice neutral white.

Go try it, it's totally worth the effort!
Awesome. That's what I was looking for. Did you just use the bedsheet they suggest or try something else?

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Awesome. That's what I was looking for. Did you just use the bedsheet they suggest or try something else?

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I found the lights made a bigger difference then the sheeting. I used several different materials ranging from white linen to white plastic (umbrella like material). As long as it was WHITE, it really didn't matter much. The thicker the material, the more wattage of light bulb needed. The key is really to diffuse the light as much as possible, and keep from having hot spots on whatever you are photographing.

I'm almost positive the vacuum tube shot I posted in the Photo Contest #2 was taken with the first light box I built. It was a small box I used for tubes and jewelry. I later built a really tall one for taking photos of flowers in vases (winter photography practice), but never got around to using it.

I thought I had a diamond photo from Brianne's engagement ring...but I apparently haven't posted it online. I'm pretty sure I used the light box for that photo as well.

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I really need to make some homemade light ear for portraits. I want to take better shots of my daughter as she grows up. anyone got any ideas for that?
Tony, just get yourself some good flash units and set them up wirelessly. Learning flash is just as challenging as learning to use the camera. But it's worth it in the long run.

Here is a blog with awesome information on how to use a flash. This is a MUST read for EVERY photographer. Real word stuff, and not on a multi-thousand dollar budget, but real working mans stuff.

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I found the lights made a bigger difference then the sheeting. I used several different materials ranging from white linen to white plastic (umbrella like material). As long as it was WHITE, it really didn't matter much. The thicker the material, the more wattage of light bulb needed. The key is really to diffuse the light as much as possible, and keep from having hot spots on whatever you are photographing.

I'm almost positive the vacuum tube shot I posted in the Photo Contest #2 was taken with the first light box I built. It was a small box I used for tubes and jewelry. I later built a really tall one for taking photos of flowers in vases (winter photography practice), but never got around to using it.

I thought I had a diamond photo from Brianne's engagement ring...but I apparently haven't posted it online. I'm pretty sure I used the light box for that photo as well.
Sweet. I think I actually have some of those clip lights laying around in a box somewhere from when I had a lot more reptiles. Now I just got to find them.

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I hate flash photography. No flash FTMFW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I hate flash photography. No flash FTMFW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Typically I agree with you (as you've seen from my gallery and shooting style), but there are times when it's the best/only way to get things done.

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Typically I agree with you (as you've seen from my gallery and shooting style), but there are times when it's the best/only way to get things done.
If I could use one to get a good picture, I would. 99% of flash photography taken by n00bs like myself turn out like a P&S flash shot.
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If I could use one to get a good picture, I would. 99% of flash photography taken by n00bs like myself turn out like a P&S flash shot.
You mean like this shot that I was too embarrassed to post in the Wine Tasting thread?



























No amount of boobage is going to save that photograph...I ruined it good!

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You mean like this shot that I was too embarrassed to post in the Wine Tasting thread?



























No amount of boobage is going to save that photograph...I ruined it good!
Yeah! Just like that too! lol
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