I posted my favourite shot over on my photoblog for yesterdays picture.
The above is my photoblog post for today. I was shooting again in my lightbox after making a couple cutouts to recess the lights a little. This works well, and allows me to get much closer to my subject. I think this also helps the illumination.
FYI, this is my todo list notebook. I am about halfway through the book.
Some other shots from this session:
All pics are here. These are some coffee beans that I am sure to enjoy another day.
I decided to finally embark on the light box project. I headed out to Michaels to get some foam board and white masking tape, and left the store without the tape (no white). I zipped to Canadian Tire and grabbed a couple clamp lights, and some bulbs. Then it was assembly time.
I didn’t really follow the directions that I originally read, and in retrospect I should have. There are a couple tips in there about the size, and cutouts for the light clamps. Those are easy to retrofit. Also, once I get some white tape, I can mask off the inside seams. The final one is that I need more light in it. It is a little dark. I may also try getting different bulbs. The ones I got are still quite yellow, and I had to set a custom white balance before shooting.
Here is another tip for would-be DIY’ers. When you cut foam board, make sure the knife you use is very sharp, otherwise the cut will not be smooth.
Here is my end result:
Not bad for a couple hours of time (shopping included).
So, being a rainy day, having a freshly made light box, and having a camera waiting to take some pictures, what is a photographer to do?
Of course it was after I got the pictures onto my computer I saw all the dust marks. I will fix that before my next shoot. For now I don’t feel like trying to edit those out.
The best part is that now I have a place to shoot when it isn’t so nice outside. This will be an insteresting creativity experiment too.
The same guy also has this great article on making your own ring light. Pretty nifty. Not sure if I would make this one or not, but it certainly seems like it would be fun to try. I’m not exactly into studio shooting, and this isn’t a portable rig. Cool tro try out, but most likely wouldn’t have lasting appeal.
again via photoblogs.org
Last Link of the Day is another Do it Yourselfer. Make your own macro light ring. This is one I could see myself building and using. Have you seen how expensive ring lights are? One of the Canon ring flashes retails for around $750.
via Camera News