Light Box

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Project by Bill posted 03-06-2013 01:44 AM 2052 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I finally got around to building one of these to take pictures in. I saw several different designs online, some here and some elsewhere.

As far as I know this one is unique in that it is made from basic frames and can be broken down for storage. The top frame is 30×30, and the sides are 30×18.

The third pic shows the dowels that connect the top to the sides, and the bottom is a piece of junk luaun clamped in place spring clamps.

Now all that’s left is figuring out white balance on the camera. Might have to change the bulbs in the lights if I can’t figure out the camera.

The box in the last pic is the first picture taken in the new light box. The top is cherry burl and the sides are figured maple.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 03:16 AM

You might want to take a look at this link

Not all light bulbs are created equal. In fact, there are a lot of crappy ones out there, including just about everything a big box store will sell you. I bought some from Alzo digital ( and they seem pretty good.

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 11:25 AM

Very nice. If you buy lights find some that are color corrected to 5000 degrees Kelvin. They aren’t very expensive but those will give you the best shots. If you need to buy a light card in photo grey to scale from that is as neutral as you can get.

-- Tommy,

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 01:26 PM

Simple and effective. When I seen the first pic, before I zoomed it, I thought you were taking a picture of a picture taker..(camera).. now that woulda been funny

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 01:47 PM

This should definitely help with your photography. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 02:38 PM

Nice light box and great box being photographed !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 04:57 PM

Nice job. That should work well for you. My light box was made out of 1/2 inch pvc pipe and a white sheet.
I shoot the pics in camera RAW and adjust the white balance using either Photoshop Elements or lately, I have been using Adobe Lightroom.

Note: I use lightroom to tweak hundreds of pics so that might be overkill for you.

It took some searching but I found the blog where I got my idea. There is some good reading for anyone interested in buildidng a light box/tent including this comment:

“Jestep 30-Jul-2007 13:27
For anyone getting a yellowish or orange hue to your photos, you probably need a better set of lights.

Look for high-wattage bulbs in the 6,000K color temperature range. Lower temperature bulbs (under 4,500K) are going to be towards the red end of the visible spectrum, while high temperature bulbs (over 7,500K) are going to appear more blue. Good aquarium and indoor gardening supply companies should have bulbs in the 6,000 – 7,000K spectrum which will be completely white and very similar to natural sunlight. Compact fluorescent bulbs in the 4,000 K range will be acceptable, but normal incandescent bulbs no matter how high of wattage will probably be too red to use without compensating for the extra red later on.”

Hope this helps.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 09:52 PM

Depending on your camera, you can take a picture of a grey card under the light to be used and use it as a set-up for the white balance. What is the brand and model of your camera?

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 02:55 AM

Thanks for all the tips… picked up some 100 watt cfls at lowes today, and they were rated to 6500k. Solved the issue of the yellowish oranges beautifully.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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