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I'm a relative newbie to macro but hope some of you will be able to give me some advice on making a homemade lightbox.
I have seen some great flower macro shots recently and have love the well lit images. The lighting seems more diffused and natural. I have a couple of questions:
1. Is a lightbox the way to go, rather than table lamps?
2. Having trawled the web, is there a good way to make a homemade version? (Budget is quite tight unfortunately )
Many thanks for any advice.
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The key thing you're trying to do is diffuse the light, and make it even. Perspex works really well and the main thing is a sheet of perspex, then you can put any light behind that, daylight corrected fluorescent tubes work well. Failing that try a white bed sheet and light from behind.
Many thanks Pete. I feel a trip to the fabric shop coming on!
I have a large plain (lightweight) picture frame with a piece of white shower curtain stretched across it - that works quite well too.....
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there are some ideas in utube google
Some great ideas already Julie, try googling "lighting scrim" I have used similar method as cattyal, but instead of a shower curtain I used grease proof paper!
Good Luck and looking forward to seeing to results
i made a lightbox out off plastic tubeing sheet over lights at the side seen on google
Light tents can be good as well, they come in all sizes.
HI Julie best place for home made photography projects is DIY Photography .Net
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that's better, Ta.
I made two light boxes out of a single Dell monitor box. Cut it diagonally to make two wedge shapes - then cut out a A2 hole in each one and just taped plain white paper over it. Not very portable, but fine for at home!
£12 from Amazon with different coloured backgrounds. I bought one for my college projects and does the job brilliantly. Just light it up from the outside and it diffuses the light perfectly.
Get a thin white piece of fabric, place it over your flash and make it so it comes out away from the front to make a dome shape, then put an elastic band over to hold it in place.
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