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the top left drawer

My kids have been out of the house a long time. Both girls went to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy so moved away when they were 14 or so.

Their stuff seems to be here forever.

Here’s the top left drawer of their dresser:

learning to use the light box

Now that I’ve built a light box, I need to learn to use it. My first project was square nails. Square nails may be a mildly interesting feature of our old house, but after photographing them for a couple weeks, I don’t find them one bit interesting any more.

So, I will introduce Kimono Girl. Here’s a shot with light coming from above and both sides of her:

In this next shot, I used very low ISO, turned the lights out, and used the on-camera flash. I like how the backdrop disappears, but the flash washes her out. She looks flat without shadows:

I tried a few shots with the light coming from the left. I like how the backdrop has dimension, except it appears bluish black. Her hair seems a bit blue, too. This shot may be a little dramatic for Kimono Girl:

making a light box

I made a light box from 1/2 inch PVC pipe for less than $10. The instructions couldn’t be written more clearly. If you buy PVC at Lowe’s, have the guy cut it. Unless you have a PVC pipe cutter. Then I bow down before you and you totally should cut it yourself.

Light boxes online come with a baffling array of expensive bulbs:

  • 11 watt florescent with 5400 K daylight
  • 250 watt tungsten with 3200 K lamps
  • 500 watt flood lights
  • 15 watt florescent with 5000 K balanced light
  • 250 watt monolights

I bought inexpensive bulbs from Lowe’s with Kelvin rating of 6500 and a clean, white light. I also bought cheap clip-on reflector work lights.

Tom added two sheet metal screws to the top rail. I punched holes in poster board and hung it from the screws to form a backdrop. Easy peasy.

making a light box: day one

I want to build a light box so I can take photos of food, old square nails, and other things I haven’t thought of yet. I’ll put the box on an unused workbench in our basement. This project doesn’t take long unless you first need to clean out the basement, weatherproof the cellar door, hang curtains, and run a source of electricity.

So far, the best part of the job is finding a bottle of sparkling wine.  I took the wine upstairs. Then I finished cleaning up the area. The cellar door needed some new felt strips. It’s warmer now.

While I was at it, I hung an old curtain. I get creeped out at night if I can’t see someone looking in. No one looks in. I’m not that interesting.

With the workbench cleaned up, floor swept and curtains hung, it was time for supper and maybe some of the wine I found.

I’ll work on the light box tomorrow.