Lightbox - Budget or homemade...

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  1. netronelson

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    Hello,

    I have my eye on a couple of lightboxes on eBay, but wondered if you guys had any tips for budget (the cheaper the better) or even home made lightboxes... I have some perspex cut offs that may be perfect...

    The type I mean is a flat surface area with a backlit sheet of perspex that you can put things on to photograph... (as opposed to a light tent/cube thingy). like these http://www.web-nat.com/bic/ont/lightbox.jpg

    I want to have a stab at some still life macro work and read that a lightbox is essential, but i don't want to splash out, and I ideally want something that can be stored easliy afterwards...


    Cheers,

    Nelson.
     
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    Where did you read that a light box is essential. the only think that is essential is a decent macro lens.

    I am probably wrong but a cant see the type of light box you are linking to being any good whatsoever for macro work. If you looking to do indoor still life macro then a 40cm light TENT is the answer and can be had for peanuts on ebay.
     
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    Fair comment, but I have a specific type of shot i'm interested in like this one...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nika7k/sets/72157600029170807/

    a kind of backlit / translucent finish... so not essential for the majority, but it is for what i'm after - I got the idea from this months Digital SLR photography magazine, which has a special on macros about placing Ice and other interesting things on a light box... http://www.digitalslrphoto.com/magazine/latest-issue.php

    N.


    ***oop - no need now folks, i managed to blag one from work!! 1 metre x .5 metre... nice! i'll post some pics when I have some***
     

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