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Old 08-17-2017, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I bought a lightbox on ebay. Really cool and really interesting product for the price with integrated LED lights. The only thing I found (for now) is that I tried to photography Holly pen and because the wood is white, we don't see the grain with that LED light. Is there a way to see the grain on Holly wood when taking picture of it?

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I'm not an expert on this, but if you're shooting raw images with a decent camera then I'll bet that you can enhance the grain in post-processing. Lightroom and Raw Therapee are both good software for this.

I guess it's also possible that the LEDs are too narrow-spectrum to illuminate all the color detail -- I've always used incandescent or sunlight. But I definitely rely on post-processing to get the results I want.

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Light may be too uniform. Anyway to have one side at a lower intensity or block some to create some shadow?
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If your camera has the options, try shooting bracketed photos. This will shoot 3 photos, one at normal exposure, one under exposed, and one over exposed. You can set the amount of exposure differences in your settings. If it doesn't, then change either your f-stop or shutter speed by a click or two in either direction, and take the extra shots. Changing ISO speed will also accomplish this, but is usually not quick to change, compared to shutter and aperture. You can then compare the 3 images, and decide which one you like best. You can then normalize the exposure in an editor if you choose. The basic filters on most photo viewing apps can do this.

Another option is to try an HDR setting. It does the same thing, takes a series of bracketed photo's, but then combines the images in the camera. This will let you have the best of both worlds.

If you are still having issues, try diffusing the light source through another element. I use .010" polystyrene sheets for my diffusers, and I can stack them if I need to. Or use a slightly colored element on the light to help bring out the various tonal differences you need.
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Try putting a darker color above the subject you are shooting. On the ceiling of the light box. The color will depend upon what color you want in the light wood. I once shot a Jim Bowee large knife. It reflected the dark ceiling in the room onto the knife blade, making the blade look dark instead of shining stainless. I think you could add a color to the wood this way.
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Hi, which one do you have? Iím looking into purchasing one. Overall are you happy with it?


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Since you don't mention the camera, the easiest way is to shoot it on a black background. That will allow the camera to meter better on the pen, and the contraxt will show the pen a little better.

If you have a DSLR, dont' shoot auto, go manual and control it all.
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Hi everyone,

I bought a lightbox on ebay. Really cool and really interesting product for the price with integrated LED lights. The only thing I found (for now) is that I tried to photography Holly pen and because the wood is white, we don't see the grain with that LED light. Is there a way to see the grain on Holly wood when taking picture of it?

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Anytime your light is scattered reflected, refracted or emitted and comes into contact with a smooth surfaced non metallic object you get Electro magnetic polarized reflection at the angle of reflection.

A polarizer on your lens will help, if you turn on one light then you can move the light or the camera and the angle or the pen then you can some what try get out of the reflection of the light .

The more lights the more you will have lines of reflection on your pen.
Every light produces a line of reflection .

All soft boxes used in photography create electromagnetic polarized reflection or glare.

Your choices
Get the camera lens out of the angle of reflection, Photograph in low light ,
Or use a technic call Cross polarization.
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Interesting question. Personally, I believe the prettiest holly is when there is little or no grain visible. Especially when stabilized it is very much like ivory.
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