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    lighting for homemade light box

    hi all
    i am in the process of making a homemade light box
    aprox600x6oo x8oo deep with curved walls
    in the curved walls i will permantly mount the lights
    can someone tell me what type of lights would be best and would flouros be ok
    i will be able to top mount lights also
    cheers macca
    the box will be made out of mdf with muslin back and floor drops

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    Sorry can't help you with the lighting. I also made my own light box but didn't mount any lights - I just use wireless triggered flashes on either side of the box which is nicely diffused by the white material covering the sides. I also made interchangeable backdrops and stick them on with velcro dots. I have had very pleasing results with this setup.

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    it produces the goods
    i am a carpenter by trade and i am making a timber one and hard wired
    so its a matter of just plugging it in and thats it
    one lead and no flashes to worry about
    i am going to use the same setup as you have for the backdrops
    those strawberries look nice
    cheers macca
    i will take photos of work in progress

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    Timber is a good idea - one side on the top of mine folds a bit. I have been going to reinforce it with a bit of dowel but keep forgetting to do it. Lucky that you are a carpenter - it's a very handy trade to have. Good luck with construction - I will wait to see the results of the continuous lighting as opposed to flash lighting. I just received this morning some continuous lights for portraiture work and these have a kelvin rating of 5500K - don't know if that will help.

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    it all helps
    i will have a removable panel on top for shooting above as well
    cheers macca

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    If you mount a flouro in your light box use a daylight tube to start with, then there is lots of different kind’s tubes you can experiment with to change the affect. Retail clothing stores do this all the time Kmart, Myers, Target they all use different types of flouros to show off their merchandise.

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    thanks mike
    where abouts in the goldfields are you
    cheers macca

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    I should make another light box. The one I had was made out of foam core and was a little too big. No where to put it. I just had white paper to the sides and sat two lamps, one to either side and that worked a treat.
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    [QUOTE=macmich;688951]hi all

    can someone tell me what type of lights would be best and would flouros be ok

    Gooday macmich Check out this thread from Rick he answers yours question there

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    duane
    thats the exact light tent i have now
    it works well
    but i want to build one so i can just pick it up and put in shed instead of folding up all the time
    i bumped one of the lights and blew a globe and these lights you cannot replace globes you have to replace whole unit
    i will still use of unit lights where needed
    but wanted to permanent mount lights if possible
    cheers macca
    ricks is a great thread and a great outcome and i will be trying once i type this

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    Quote Originally Posted by macmich View Post
    in the curved walls i will permantly mount the lights
    Hi Macca,

    I've never used one - but have a read a couple of articles on the net about how to make one (so my knowledge is limited at best).

    The concern I have about installing the lights in the box is that it will make it difficult to change your lighting.
    Depending on your subject and what you are tryng to achieve it may require moving the lights to get the best result.

    Good luck thougth - and would love to see some work in progress pics of your box.
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    ray
    i have been checking some lighting out and i am going to try and put the lighting on arms so the will be able move to the subject
    i will post up pics and a step by step guide from the first cut of the timber
    cheers macca

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    It would be interesting to see that stuff youre building, I made small one few months ago, just carton one and put small lamp behind it to take some shots of flowers
    Ill post few shots later on when back from work
    Cheers
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    maciek
    i am cleaning the shed benches etc this arvo for the start
    cheers macca

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    just started project
    plywood has been marked out to required size
    top and bottom sheet has been screwed together ready to be cut
    cheers macca
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    bottom and top been cut to shape using jigsaw and power saw
    top sheet of box been marked and cut centre out of it
    more tommorrow
    cheers macca
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    Great detail and good step by step construction photos macca, keep em coming.
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    getting old mate
    hadto stop for the night
    cheers macca

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    back to work
    mark the ply for the back of light box and cut to size
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    glue and screw the back to the top and bottom sections of lightbox
    and get ready for sides
    please note do not use power saws without guards
    i have only done this to give idea of saw depth
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