Newly constructed lightbox

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I made a softbox using some foamboard and a hot glue gun and finally had a chance to try it out. I shot these with the Beast and a (slightly) off-camera SB-600. It was just to the camera left...bouncing mostly off the ceiling.

Thoughts? Do the exposures look good? I thought it would be iteresting to have one piece different than the rest and have focus on it and give it a good depth of field.

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I'll get some pictures of the softbox tonight and try and get them posted. I still have some other ideas on modifications, but haven't gone through with them yet. Basically, it was about $12 (and about 20 minutes) to put together because the wife already had the glue gun.
 
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Lightbox construction

Here are some pictures of the lightbox itself. I basically took four pieces of foam board and glued them from the outside. The first three show the box itself (and the SB-600 with a better bounce card off-camera). I just used my kid's little table to prop the foam board together and glued them in place. If you don't get the first pieces perfectly straight, it's ok because they will give a little bit. When you do the third, it's best to start aligning them to make sure there isn't any gaps.

As you can see in the first picture, if you glue from the outside you won't get any glue leaking through into the inside of the softbox. The glue on the outside looks a bit ugly but it does the job.

The last three pictures give you a look at the seams and the final product. Let me know if you have any more questions. I bought the foam board at A.C. Moore for about $2.79 per piece.

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Nice way to illuminating your object, failry evenly. Especially considering the price, and that you made it your self.

Just to not confuse someone, maybe you should change the title to Lightbox, softbox for most people in the studio forum is refering to a lightmodifier.
 
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What a great idea, and it gives good results too!

Do you think the design can be made foldable somehow?

Also, try experimenting with covering the top with a shower curtain ($1 at a dollar store). The shower curtain will allow you to shoot the flash through straight from the top - more light is always a good thing with lightboxes.
 
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Nice way to illuminating your object, failry evenly. Especially considering the price, and that you made it your self.

Just to not confuse someone, maybe you should change the title to Lightbox, softbox for most people in the studio forum is refering to a lightmodifier.
Good call Paul. I've made the changes.
 
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What a great idea, and it gives good results too!

Do you think the design can be made foldable somehow?
Not easily. Since the foam board is firm and not flexible the only way might be to get some velcro that can be affixed (sticky) to the back of the foam board. You could attach the pieces as needed.

Also, try experimenting with covering the top with a shower curtain ($1 at a dollar store). The shower curtain will allow you to shoot the flash through straight from the top - more light is always a good thing with lightboxes.
Good idea. I've thought about cutting some holes (windows) out of the sides to enable shooting directly from the side. You could put tissue paper over the holes to enable diffusion/reflection as well.

Just a thought.
 
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Nice way to illuminating your object, failry evenly. Especially considering the price, and that you made it your self.

Just to not confuse someone, maybe you should change the title to Lightbox, softbox for most people in the studio forum is refering to a lightmodifier.
LOL! I was waiting to see the DIY softbox and was bummed that it was actually a lightbox. Oh well, the DIY lightbox was pretty cool too.
 
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just wanted to say thank you for posting this thread. i used it to build my own. i built it using the 30" wide though. i got it all done and realized i have nothing in the house to use it for lmao. owell at least i have that one cheap tool now for the one time i will use it. again thank you.
 
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Thanks for the information on the DIY. I was asked by a realitive to shot pictures of scale model cars he does for his car club. This may come in very handy.
 
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Also, try experimenting with covering the top with a shower curtain ($1 at a dollar store). The shower curtain will allow you to shoot the flash through straight from the top - more light is always a good thing with lightboxes.
i see someone else read Scott Kelby's huide to digital photography!. :biggrin:
 

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