Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lightbox

Photographic equipment is very expensive. Even accessories not made by Nikon or Canon can be ridiculous. It's always nice to find ways to build your own stuff. It's not quite as elegant, but if it works and you can make quality images with it, who cares about what it looks like?


I followed the advice of a fellow Nikonian and looked at the Strobist's blog. He has a very simple way to make a lightbox. Too simple. I feel like an idiot for not thinking of this myself.

So here's an image I took in this baby yesterday.

Too cool. Anyone know what kind of skeleton this is? Frog?

8 comments:

Lloyd said...

Great idea, very simple. Did you take any lunar shots last night? (if so- do you have a link to them?)

Barbara said...

So, what kind of skeleton is it? My guess is frog or toad.

Jeff Meyers said...

Yeah, I think that's probably right. But it's bigger than you might expect.

Wayne said...

What surface is the skeleton resting upon? Obviously it's not poster board.

Jeff Meyers said...

Wayne: Don't you mean "Upon what surface is the skeleton resting"? ;-)

Good question. It's a glass pane that has been painted jet black (Rustoleum "Black Board") on the bottom side. Using this surface the reflection is much darker and richer. You can use a high gloss square of black glass or granite tile, too.

Ben said...

It can't be a whole skeleton. Looks to me like a pelvic structure or something.

glenn said...

How well does the paint adhere to the glass. I was going to do this but was told the paint would come off easily.

Thanks,
glenn

Jeff Meyers said...

It does come off pretty easily. I tried painting an acrylic seal on it, but it still scratches if you're not careful. I think I'll end up getting at large black "glass" tile.