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I dub thee... Ghetto Studio.

Discussion in 'Creative Pursuits' started by binary visions, May 21, 2013.

  1. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Jenn wanted to take pictures of her scrapbooks to preserve them in case of an accident. Well, we can't peel back the plastic coverings from the pages because they're often stuck to the old photos inside, so direct flash causes all kinds of crazy reflections, no matter how it's bounced around the room.

    I don't do any product photography, so I built my own ghetto softbox by lining a paper box with aluminum foil, and covering the front with sheets of paper. This worked, but I only have one flash and the bottom of the album page was very dark, so I stood up the box top, weighted with a tape dispenser, with aluminum foil for a reflector.

    Works perfectly. :D

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  2. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Looks good.
     
  3. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    I'm confused. You use this to shoot teh porns, how exactly?








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  4. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Good improv BV !

    You can get a piece of drafting mylar from any copy shop that does blueprints and architectural renderings. It's what I use to diffuse my tungsten lights.

    But why not just use a scanner ?
     
  5. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    With a softbox this size, I'd have to stick with midget porn.

    Anything I starred in would require a really large reflector if you get my drift.

    Yep, I'm sure I'll build my own softbox at some point that's a little less ghetto - thanks for the tip on the mylar. The pages are too big to fit on a normal scanner, so I'd have to scan both sides of the page and stitch and didn't want this project to become a month long affair. I suspect there would be reflection problems as well, since the only thing I can make work is almost perpendicular side lighting - any amount of lighting coming in from the top (even very uniform bounced lighting) and I get crazy reflections off the wavy/warped plastic coverings on the pages.