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Old 07-04-2017, 02:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This one works well for me - got it on

LimoStudio 16" x 16" Table Top Photo Photography Studio Lighting Light Tent Kit in a Box, AGG349

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Old 07-04-2017, 04:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I made my own light box out of white cardboard. It seems to work perfectly for my application.

That's what my light box looks like.
Here's a picture of what I can get out of it.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by flyitfast View Post
I have a fold up box from Polaroid that works well. However. like most fold up units it does take time to setup. All the lights and stands fit in pockets that are part of the "kit".....
The one I linked to unfolds and there is one light strip already installed. You just unfold it and plug in the lights to a 5v mini USB.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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These type were popular a few years ago for several members here:

I hope you get something started again. It certainly is telling for those who simply take a picture of a pen versus those who use decent diffused lighting.

I am not a fan of the strip multi dot LEDs though. If diffused it may be OK, but direct multiple LED light on a finely polished finish will cause multiple reflection points, making it difficult see a continuous reflection finish. As an example, look at the current front page pen photo "Chittum Burl Set by firewhatfire" Notice the finish reflection - it is one long reflection. Multiple light points make that difficult to see, and some may like that. For me, a good photo will also show the skill of a fine finish, as does the photo noted.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:10 AM   #15 (permalink)
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It doesn't fold up but I made myself a small lightbox to photograph small items from odd bits I had lying about the workshop, cost me next to nothing to make, seems to work quite well
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by tonylumps View Post
Here is the FotoFox light Box I am using the grey back ground.Maybe I tried the White, too bright.
I like the design of that box. Is the streak of light across the middle of the picture the vertex where the bottom meets the back? The pictures are great but I'm not sure I'd like that streak.

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Old 07-14-2017, 09:58 PM   #17 (permalink)
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There was a decent one on amazon that was listed as a Prime day deal I was Eyeballing, but I didn't pull the trigger.

I have a whole bunch of 24"x24" .010" polystyrene sheets from a vacu forming project that never launched, so I'm planning on making a box with those. I already use them on the clamp on shop lights with daylight balanced bulbs. One without the poly diffuser for the main light, and one with the poly, just clamped to the rim of the hood, as the fill light. Works pretty good.
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Old 07-20-2017, 11:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I use a light box just like the one pictured in the OP. I got it from amazon for under $10. It sets up in under a minute and works great.
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Old 12-30-2017, 02:43 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I use one that looks the same. I find it works great, I still need to adjust the brightness a little with a photo editor, but I picked mine up for $7 on Ebay and it is worth the small cost in my opinion. The sides are a little flimsy but it came with a white background and a black, I just plug it into my laptop and it's good to go. I found I didn't need any other lighting apart from the led's that's attached to it. Easy to set up and use.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:24 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by chartle View Post
One like this.

I have a cloth photo cube but it takes too much time setting up.
I have one of these and like it enough to have sold my big light box. It folds down nicely and stores away when I don't need it, sets up on a tray table and has plenty of light with 2 LED strips built in. I have the Foldio brand
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