Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My New Project - Light Box

January 4 2011,

Since our friend from New York came to take pictures of my quilts, I have a new found interest in photography. I decided to build a light box. I found a few instructions, but hubby found one on AZbilliards.com that a reader built to take pictures of his cues. The instructions can be found here. You can customize it to any size you want, because the CPVC pipe comes in 10 feet and you can cut it up which ever size you need it to be.

We modified the light box from the original instruction by building out the bottom so that it gives it more support, and if I wanted to turn it 90 degrees, to give it height, it would still be sturdy. So below is the light box finished. I still need to figure out what to do with the background. The biggest construction paper I found at the local craftstore was 18 x 24 for 59 cents. I have to search other places for bigger paper and to figure out how to mount it onto the construction so that it gives a seamless background. Yes, I can buy photography background roll, but I am not willing to spend that much money yet.

I went cheap with the lights, I only bought 2 work lights. I think I have to buy more because of the size of the light box. They don't clamp well onto the pipes, so I think I have to get table lights instead.

On New Year's day I spent the day taking pictures of stuff. Below are some of the results from the light box plus a lot of manipulating of the pictures in a photo program.

I received these three tiny vases with bulbs in them for Christmas. They will eventually bloom to become crocus (hopefully).

With a hand me down digital camera that is at least 8 years old, the Nikon Coolpix 995, the lightbox, couple of willing and patient participants to pose for the pictures, and digital software, I might just have a future in photography. Hopefully my pictures will come out better.

Quilt & Bitch


p00lriah. said...

cool pics. u should take a few photos of your cues.

Quilt+Bitch said...

Yes that will be the next project once I figure out the lighting issue.