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DIY Macro Studio by shadowfire-x DIY Macro Studio by shadowfire-x
This is my DIY Lightbox/Macro studio where I've been doing most of my rock and mineral shots. It's just a cardboard box with the sides cut out and covered with transparent cloth where light can be diffused and shone through. There is a piece of white poster board glued to the top inside of the box, and a long piece of black poster board slid in to place the subjects on. I have a length of white poster board that I can substitute in as well.

I got the instructions here [link]
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Shirimasen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful idea, I should consider making one as well...that is, when I have the time. Damn these grad schools. D:
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I should make one. My current setup is just a drawing tablet on my desk with widow light during the day and fan light with or without desk lamp as needed at night.

This would make it more constant and keep reflections from my blinds from showing up.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use an LED work lamp + an LED desk lamp through the cloth for most of my lighting. However, if you have a window with a lot of sun shining through, letting that light directly into the box gives, in my opinion at least, the best quality picture.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I get great light in the daytime, but I get the shadows like you can see in my macro shots. I sometimes use a white piece of paper to bounce fill but usually I'm just trying to get the shot, because I'm doing a series. I know lazy.
What I want is a cube large enough to maneuver my camera on tripod into and that softens the light. I have ideas that use a thin white fabric stretched over a frame. I can build it I just don't have any urgency right now.
I do need a work lamp though.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would recommend getting some flexible desk lamps. Get a couple of different kinds. LED lamps give a wonderfully bright, very white light, but some high-powered incandescent lights will offer a warmer light. It's really just a matter of taste from photo to photo. Still, a long flexible neck on a lamp makes it easy-peasy to get the light bounced the way you want.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I do have an incandescent desk lamp with a turning pen pencil etc holder, but it is heavy and awkward so it has to stay where it is. I want a boom style lamp with some reach for my lapidary work that I just got into. Last week I bought a flex-shaft grinding tool and stand. I got the grinder yesterday and it is great. I can't wait til I get the stand and can start cutting and grinding some cabs. I bought a bunch of rock slabs and chunks too so I'll have stuff to work with for a little while. I might do some more carvings too.
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been doing well doing macrophotography work with just a fairly cheap flex-neck LED desk lamp. They really can do wonders - especially if you're stingy, like me.
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
What white balance do you use with an led light source?
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just leave my camera on auto - now that you mention it, though, I should probably play around with a few of the different white balance settings to see how the photos turn out!
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lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I get great light in the daytime, but I get the shadows like you can see in my macro shots. I sometimes use a white piece of paper to bounce fill but usually I'm just trying to get the shot, because I'm doing a series. I know lazy.
What I want is a cube large enough to maneuver my camera on tripod into and that softens the light. I have ideas that use a thin white fabric stretched over a frame. I can build it I just don't have any urgency right now.
I do need a work lamp though.
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MorgaineA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it how creative and helpful, thanks!
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Canon EOS REBEL T3i
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