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#16 MiniCannuck

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:31 PM

I've been following this thread and watched a number of different videos and how to blogs. You all inspired me to improve my mini photography and make my own version of a light box. I still have some more experimenting to do but I'm pretty happy with the results.

Please take a look. Any suggestions would me much appreciated.

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#17 Spike

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:46 PM

Seems you're off to a good start. My only recommendation would be to try to keep all 3 light sources using the same sort of bulb. I find that most LED lamps produce a very subtle blue hue in the finished photo. Tungsten bulbs can tint a picture yellow or even orange, and flourescents give a green tint.

Try getting a third small light (LED I presume) for the top light source and then set your camera for a longer exposure and see how that works out.

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#18 MiniCannuck

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:28 AM

Thanks Spike. I will try that.

I think I will replace the LED lights instead with some natural light lamps.


#19 MonkeySloth

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

Finnaly got down to taking photo's with the diffusion gel that I just realized that I forgot to link too.

Unfortunatly I cann't post pictures (outside of a direct link) so I can't show a side-by-side.

Here's a link to a photo without the difussion gel

Here's the same miniature with

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#20 Doug Sundseth

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:13 AM

Nah it's not gels I'm talking about. It's a sort of semi-opaque plastic that is used for backlit backdrops, cycloramas and such. It is apparently able to take a very narrow source of light and diffuse it evenly over an amazingly large surface...making it the perfect material for softboxes and flash diffusers.


I'm pretty sure this is the stuff you're thinking of:

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