Occasionally I take a few still life images, but getting good lighting in my house is troublesome. I decided to try a lightbox.
I brought one quite cheaply on ebay. It was a lightbox tent and four backdrops. You can get more advanced and more expensive ones, but since I’m just experimenting, and don’t currently do still life much, I just wanted something basic.
I didn’t get one with a lighting kit included because, with the help of my dad, I knew we could cheaply rig something up.
DIY’d lighting for my lightbox:
We already had a couple of ‘lamps’ (lamp technically means what most of us call a bulb, but here I mean the lamp holder, usually just called a lamp – the blue and black object in the above image) around the house I could use.
We bought a lamp adapter as the lamp (bulb) we wanted to use wasn’t the right kind for the lamp stand (lamp) fitting.
BC to GU10 lamp adapter – connect bayonet fitting (BC/B22) to GU10 lamp 240V 3A
And we got a LED daylight lamp (bulb).
LEDlite 110 degree GU10 SMD LED ceramic high output lamp – daylight white 6400k (higher lumens than standard halogen GU10, 85% energy saving, low heat)
Here you can see my set up. The two lamp stands (lamps) in red and blue, which contain the lamp holders and lamps (bulbs), the lightbox tent and black backdrop. I’ve had to use a few CD’s and a box inside the tent to raise up the objects I wanted to photography – one thing I learnt doing this is that I need to get some stands and tiny lecterns, or make some, perhaps with some pretty cloth covers.
I also learnt that I need to remember to check the LCD display on my camera after each shot or at least more often to make sure the lighting looks OK in camera. And I also must remember to dust my subjects before shooting them! 😀
You can see the results of this experiment in my previous post.