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Old Jan 25, 2008, 3:10 AM   #1
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After seeing some mentions on using a lightbox I found I had a need for one. So I designed a cheapy for my own use. The idea has probably been used before, but it was new to me. The box size should be decided by the size of articles you plan on photographing.

My use is for photos of smallish objects with good lighting around the object's perimeter.

I used a 12" x 12" x 10" cardboard box of rather stiff construction. I left one end open. Then I lined the inside completely with dense white paper, glued onto the box. The white paper I used is called "Bristol Board". It is glare-free, white paper used by artists for dry-medium art work, but any dense, white, glareless paper would work

I shoot using the on-board flash.

My typical camera settings: Pentax K10D camera, Pentax 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, manual focusing, user mode, activated polarizer, two-second timed delay, green button, ISO 200, tripod mount.

The theory is that the flash's light will bounce all around in the box, effectively lighting the perimeter of the object while almost eliminating any shadowing.

After using the box for about 60 shots I can report its success is quite good.

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