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Offline shnelson

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My $10 softbox
« on: April 18, 2011, 07:34:03 PM »
Had some products I needed to take some photos of, after peeking around the net I decided to make my own softbox.
Took a little break from the follow focus/focus ring project I'm working on in another thread....

The cardboard version is great, but I wanted something that would hold up for a bit of use. Next best thing is a plastic milk crate replica (the cheapos using lighter plastic, not actually used for milk) and some posterboard.

I cut out the top and both sides, leaving the back and bottom intact. Utilizing some lights I had around, here's how it turned out:



And the first photo of the product (need to make lighting adjustments, but it was effective at eliminating all shadows on the first go):

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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 08:33:19 PM »
Okay, cool idea and looks like it dose the job very well. For that you get two thumbs up. But now I need to ask why are you taking pictures of your drug paraphernalia? ;)
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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 09:13:32 PM »
Lol oops! I forget how these items might resemble something they are not... This is actually a goose call, it would not hold up to an herbal substance being lit in the end very well at all :)


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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011, 12:32:11 AM »
oh goose call, that's how you call it in Minnesota. Here in Austria we call it a Hash-pipe ;-) I never stop learning new vocables here.
Very nice Softbox.
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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011, 10:37:43 AM »
You guys are killing me here!


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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011, 03:21:50 PM »
Not we are killing you, the Drugs are. :D
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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 08:14:08 AM »
"thumbs up"

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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 02:45:34 PM »
The more I look at this the more I can't understand what is holding the subject up in that position. Shed some light please.
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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 03:07:21 PM »
Ultra invisible 3lb test fishing line :). If you look close enough in the first photo, you can see it hanging down - the pencil on top of the box was used to keep the proper tension on the line.


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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2011, 12:20:25 PM »
Did you 'shop out the fishing line, or does the light go around and through it?

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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2011, 07:50:50 AM »
I think i can just make out the thread going round the top edge.

I am thinking of  making something like this myself - does anyone know if these pop up ones are any good.

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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2011, 08:21:27 AM »
Did you 'shop out the fishing line, or does the light go around and through it?

The line was visible initially, but I had to up the brightness just a bit in post and that eliminated it completely. I have to test some other objects (different color calls) and I need brighter lights, I'm hoping my line is clear enough that I wont have to touch the photo up too much.

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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2011, 08:52:22 PM »
I was going to ask if it was a duck call or a predator call. 
Wow!  Your camera takes really awesome pictures!

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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2011, 02:18:22 PM »
Great customization mate.Love it.:)
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Re: My $10 softbox
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2011, 03:02:31 PM »
Definitely sweet!