making a lightbox

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  1. Onslaught24

    Onslaught24 MTMTE Sucks Moderator News Staff

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    i'm not sure where to put this so if it belongs elsewhere, mods please move

    i've a few questions about making a lightbox:

    1. will poster board work?

    2. if not, what should i use?

    3. what should i use for lighting?

    thanks in advance
     
  2. strangeguy32000

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    Posterboard, and any other type of Rigid Paperboard, will work
    Lighting, you should probably use something mid-range Brightness. Remember, White background reflects all light, so if its too bright It will Glare out the subject.
     
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    I use poster board for the backing and tissue paper for covering the lamps

    Here's a pic of my setup

    [​IMG]

    And here's a pic of those figures in the lightbox

    [​IMG]
     
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    Oh yes other points

    1) be sure to use macro mode on your camera - sometimes depicted as a tulip

    2) you might need to play with white balance on the camera or in a photo program afterward. In particular, fluorescent lamps tend to leave sort of a yellow tint

    3) I recommend a tripod

    4) I use a timer (typically 2 seconds) so that the camera isn't shaking from my pressing the button, by the time the picture happens
     
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    thanks gargunkle! what's over the bottom? it looks like glass
     
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    Looks like a sheet of plexi glass.

    As shown above, you only really need a nice poster board and something to prop it up (like PVC pipe) to make a lightbox on the cheap.

    Using a similar setup like gargunkle atm... minus the fact that I prefer black poster board... came up with this:

    [​IMG]
     
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    cool! so regular lights will work?
     
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    The bottom part on mine is actually a poster frame... so it's just a thin sheet of plastic. I actually slid one of the sheets of poster board into the poster frame and it's curved up at the back I think.

    Regular bulbs work, the brighter the better. I think I use 2 100-equivalent fluorescent ones and then some other random clippy bed light on top.
     
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    cool thanks
     
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    The one I posted was in a dark room with the PC monitor further in the back of the room and the sword's LED being the two sources of light... longer exposure though to accomodate.

    I just use table lamps for most shots I've done. However, you'll want to spread the lighting with something... say a bed sheet, wax paper, or something that allows light to flow through. Just make sure your lamps don't generate much heat, even if they're not that close to the sheets, it could still cause fires.

    Here's one using two light sources... again, bed sheet around the makeshift light box.

    [​IMG]
    (Oh, and photoshopped in an energy ball and his eye glow.)
     
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    hey guys, thought i'd share a pic using my lightbox. found a good setup for it in my room. just need some lamps and i'm set :D 

    [​IMG]
     

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