08-17-2013, 04:48 PM
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I have had a couple of comments about my SOTD photos where people say they need a better camera. Since I use a very average camera at best I thought I would share what little I know about the subject.

Hopefully this will keep folks spending money on shaving goodies instead of new camerasBiggrin

First of all I use a Pentax Kx most of the time which was an average camera at best when it was new and is now several camera generations old. I believe it is only a 12 megapixel camera but since I post at a resolution of 800x600 it is way more than enough for meWink Yes I would love to have a new full frame digital camera but since they cost about the same as a semester of college for my niece that isn't going to happen.

Hopefully we can get some other folks to share a few tips too ! While I have done landscape and portraiture for many years on B&W film. This is all new to me too.

So for the first post I thought I would share the little light box I use in over 75% of my SOTD Photos It consists of 4 pieces of paper from an artists sketch pad taped together with masking tape and 1 piece of scrapbooking paper.
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As you can see it is a very expensive piece of equipment finely crafted from only the most exotic materials Wink
OK I'm sure you get the idea. But notice that I taped the back paper to the sides without taping it to the top so that I can change the taller background paper out when I want something different.

Next is the lighting. Todays is going to be two 11 dollar lamps with 60 watt bulbs. I'm doing it this way since if you use a compact camera or a cellphone camera you don't have the ability to trigger a flash. So here is one of the lights.
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Ok here is a picture with just the background but without the little light box over the subject.
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Now for one with the light box over the subject with one lamp shining through the top sheet.
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And finally this one is the same as the last one but with not only the one lamp shining through the top sheet but also one lamp shining through the left side sheet.
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Now if you look at my SOTD post for today Sat Aug 17. you can see the same set up but with small old pentax flashes taking the place of the lamps.

That's all I have time for for today but I will continue at a later date if there is interest. probably try to cover the free program "Gimp" which I use to resize, sharpen, and fix images with next.

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 08-17-2013, 05:43 PM
  • freddy
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Eric, this is fantastic. Please continue! Thumbsup

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 08-17-2013, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for sharing your setup.

Very simple, but so effective.

Pic 3 is my favourite as far as lighting and shadows etc.

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 08-17-2013, 05:56 PM
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Fascinating, Eric!

I would like to register for this course please ... I could learn a thing or two here! Smile

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 08-17-2013, 06:06 PM
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Thank you guys ! I will try to keep something going at least weekly for a while .

Ravi, not much to learn for you ! You already take the sexiest cobra shots !

Bruce, if you look at the file size of each of the three. The size increases because more detail is captured with the brighter and larger lighting. It works with any camera Smile.

And I am intentionally using an old Soviet lens which you can find for 20 bucks . Ever the cheapskate Wink

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 08-17-2013, 06:21 PM
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Excellent and subscribed!

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 08-17-2013, 06:24 PM
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Thanks Mike !

If I miss explaining something clearly please don't hesitate to ask!

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 08-17-2013, 08:09 PM
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Eric, fantastic thread you have started, here! i only wish you had done this last year, then i could have started taking some good photos! Biggrin
Well, as they say, never too late to learn. Good thing i am not an old dog! Biggrin

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 08-17-2013, 09:59 PM
  • ben74
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Well done Eric! Sign me up for your Master class. In the near future I'm going try to replicate your light box!

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 08-17-2013, 10:30 PM
  • Fab
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Excellent! Thanks for sharing. I'm still learning how to take these pictures, and all information and ideas are very welcome.

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 08-17-2013, 10:36 PM
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Well, this "old dog" appreciates this.

What are the dimensions of your light box?

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 08-18-2013, 12:00 AM
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Great work. Thanks ThumbsupThumbsup

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 08-18-2013, 01:05 AM
  • tgutc
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Wow! Thanks for that info I like how you did the light box.

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 08-18-2013, 01:39 AM
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Very interesting thanks Wink

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 08-18-2013, 01:44 AM
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Thanks, so from now on we will probably see a lot of nice SOTD pictures.

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 08-18-2013, 03:39 AM
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(08-17-2013, 10:36 PM)Johnny Wrote: Well, this "old dog" appreciates this.

What are the dimensions of your light box?

The paper is 9x12 inches . The mirror tile is 12x12. The background sheets are also 12x12

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 08-18-2013, 03:57 AM
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Excellent! Awesome
Thanks for sharing

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 08-18-2013, 05:19 AM
  • Sully
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Excellent thread, thanks for sharing.

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 08-18-2013, 06:00 AM
  • Coyote
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Great thread Eric!

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 08-18-2013, 06:47 AM
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Thanks Eric. Please sign me up for the course.

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