Photography #2: Soft Box 2

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 12-29-2013 04:17 PM 5698 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I forgot to post a diagram of my wiring….(Thanks to Lumberjocks for helping me with this!)

Today I’m going to work on the actual Softbox skin. I think this will be the most challenging part. I have a pretty good start already….

For the skeleton, I found some carbon fiber poles at a Big Box Store. It was an 8’ section of it with a flag on one end (I think used for putting on the back of a Snow Mobile). I cut the poles into 2 4’ pieces. I then mocked up what my “tent” will look like….

With 4’ poles, I created an arc with roughly a 15.5” radius. I then spread these to be 2’ feet apart at the ends. This will give me roughly a 24”x30” SoftBox.

I then created the same thing in Google Sketchup so I could create some sewing patterns….

...After that, I used my Flattening Extension, to create patterns…

...Then I added my 1/2” seem allowance for sewing it up…

For the skin I’m using black fabric that graduation gowns are made out of. I will sew reflective fabric on the inside of it – for that I will be dismantling a Car Windshield Reflector….

Thats all for now…..more to come soon! Any questions, let me know!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 04:40 PM

The wiring looks right. Now just add s switch and you’re ready to go, Doug.

Happy new year!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 06:09 PM

Looking good.
Anxiously awaiting the softbox skin “fabrication”.

I want to see how the lighting box attaches to the softbox!
Then how it all mounts to a tripod.
Will you be building a tripod, or repurposing an existing one?

Carry on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-29-2013 06:33 PM

hopefully I won’t disappoint you, DIY :) I don’t really have a solid plan – kind of just winging it!

I think for this experiment I’m just going to build a makeshift light stand out of PVC. Again, trying to not spend a lot of money until I know it’ll all work.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 09:13 PM

If you haven’t visited, you are missing out on some things that could help your project like an umbrella adapter so you can attach your soft box to a light stand.

Lon Coleman is the owner and a nice guy to deal with.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 12:24 AM

I just checked it out, MT. Thanks for the link. He’s got some good stuff. I already have a cheaper way of attaching it to the light stand, that I think will work really well. You’ll see in one of my next blogs!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 04:44 AM

This is a neat project. I just bought my wife a Nikon D5300 for Christmas, I think I found a new hobby myself. I was looking into these for my videos, I might to make one now since we have a DSLR. Already need to convert my camera slider for the DSLR too. Looks good, can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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