'No Frills' $75.00 home studio tent/lightbox

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by SharpByCoop, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. 4ever3

    4ever3

    579
    Mar 28, 2007
    OK, I've got a question and I thought this might be the place, if it isn't I will delete and start its own thread...

    I took these pictures last night and noticed that the Ivory and the background changed colors when I put the sheath in the tent.

    Did the sheath change the white balance, and if so how do I correct it?

    This is very close to the actual color
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    and here is the one with the sheath.
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    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Murray White

    Murray White

    Feb 17, 1999
    needed some color adjustment and the camera saw more dark than the white so the ivory is a bit over exposed. Over exposure is the most difficult to adjust and I'm sure coop could do better than this but here is an idea

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    here in the forums it looks like I should have avoided the bit of burn in so there would not be blue in the handle.
     
  3. mckgreg

    mckgreg

    Nov 18, 2001
    Yep, your camera just saw it different with the sheath added. Notice how your background is a bit different in color from your first shot and the second.
    Greg
     
  4. tEN wOLVES

    tEN wOLVES

    5
    Feb 15, 2010
    I've been using this method for a while now, with great results, I made mine with PVC and made it in two lengths one for small items and one for rifle size items, I use three clamp on lights with 100 watt incandescent bulbs, I have one on top and one on either side, by placing the light in different position's, I get different effects, I find this method gets rid of hot spots and all unwanted glare, I use a digital point and shoot camera and a digital SLR, I get beautiful pictures with both camera's, if when you're done you find the light box is in your way, it comes apart easily for storage until you need it again, here is a link to show how the PVC set up works, http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=37727 mine can be this size or wider, Coop's defuser box is also a great inexpensive way to do this also, and I'm not trying to steal his thread, I just thought I would show others a little different way to do this with the same results.

    This is a great thread, one that should be a big help to those that take their own photo's.

    Regards

    tEN wOLVES
     
  5. Murray White

    Murray White

    Feb 17, 1999
    Ten -- always good to see what other photographers are doing. Just wondered if you have some knife images to show.
     
  6. tEN wOLVES

    tEN wOLVES

    5
    Feb 15, 2010
    Howdy Murry, not yet, I'm just a newbie at this, I did a kit knife, and that spurred my interest, as soon as I have something worthy of posting in the way of a knife I'll take some pictures to share, this is a nice forum, with a lot of information to learn along with methods. this is my second day on this forum and I'm enjoying it.

    Regards

    tEN wOLVES
     
  7. Murray White

    Murray White

    Feb 17, 1999
    glad you are enjoying the forums. check out Coops site as there are hundreds of incredible knife images there. lots of good threads for photos and image editing and check out the Custom Knife section to see all the neat knives folks are doing. you might also want to check out CKCA where a number of photographers have images of knives they do in studio and on location at knife shows. Lots of knife show threads here and there too.
     
  8. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Hi tEN wOLVES

    Welcome to our home here. I see that the original poster on the link you provided (Turbinator) created his tent thread in 2006. I started this one in 2005, and it's still going strong. :) Good for him for sharing, too!

    The posterboard setup has many variants. I use a modified version of this setup with PVC tubing like you:

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    There's plenty of ways to make them.

    Thanks for the props. :)

    Coop
     
  9. tEN wOLVES

    tEN wOLVES

    5
    Feb 15, 2010
    Thanks for the welcome Murray and Coop, I no pro my any means, I hope I didn't come across like one, learning how to get better pictures has always fascinated me, learning how to use defused light was the single most improvement in my pictures, I make old west gun leather,and it I was always having trouble with reflected light and glare, now it's a pleasure to take my pictures, I'm always on a learning scale, that's what makes life interesting for me, I just recently bought digital SLR, so this should open up a whole new world for me too, I used a Nikon FM for years, but fine it hard to go back to it, digital is the way to go now.

    Thanks for the info, I will take a look and see these cool pictures.

    tEN wOLVES
     
  10. Murray White

    Murray White

    Feb 17, 1999
    I'm sure if you go thru the whole thread, Ten, there is likely an image of my original setup when many of us joined Coop in creating this thread.

    currently my setup and camera is this

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    one quick result looks like this

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    my signature has a link to my Fototime site with photos of my collection

    once you get into knives, you will be hooked
     
  11. tEN wOLVES

    tEN wOLVES

    5
    Feb 15, 2010
    Hi Murray

    WOW, you make some beautiful knives, anyone can tell you have been at this for a while, and your light box puts mine to shame, very well put together, I also like Coops open angled light box, I'm learning a lot in just the few days I've here, thanks for sharing guy's, it's much appreciated.

    tEN wOLVES
     
  12. tEN wOLVES

    tEN wOLVES

    5
    Feb 15, 2010
    Coop, I just checked out your web page, I didn't mean to leave you out, your knives are over the top too, you guys are going to be a hard act to follow for sure. and Coop you've done a great job of putting all this together.

    tEN wOLVES
    T
     
  13. Murray White

    Murray White

    Feb 17, 1999
    ten-- nope I don't make knives. I'm a collector for the last almost 30 years and those are fine works of art from a number of makers all over the world. glad you enjoyed looking at them.
     
  14. Fross

    Fross

    133
    Jan 28, 2008
    Thanks Coop! Here is mine, I am using the cheap camera, will break out the sony tomorrow and give her a true test... its in the safe and Im tired, lol. This one is 30" wide built using Coop's design.

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    Here is a kitchen knife I just finished, I figured Id better get a picture of the box in use. I have some hot spots and some other things to get figured out but I think the sony camera will take care of most of it, besides the hot spots.. I gotta play with the light a little more.

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  15. olydemon

    olydemon

    61
    Dec 29, 2009
    Thanks to this thread, I also have also tried my hand at a DIY setup.


    Supplies ready (including some prints of the photos in this thread)

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    Made some changes to the final version, but didnt photo it yet. The T parts going up with the grey pipe are actually snap on T's with a threaded junction. I used a threaded to 3/4" pipe adapter to atttach the grey pipe. I actually moved the upper cross bar down to the lower bar on my final setup. This put the lights just right as you will see...

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    Photo of booth in use. In this you can see how the light bar is moved down. I also had to zip tie on a 3/4 x 1 board to give the light clamps something to stop them from twisting. The bulbs I have are 3 true color 5500k flouro bulbs. 2 100's on the outside and 1 60 on the inside (the 60 is because they didnt have 3 100's in this bulb.) I also got a set of 75 and 100w lamps in 6500k. I used custom WB on the camera, although Lightroom seems to overwrite that value setting to 5900k when importing. Im still trying to figure out this import issue. White backdrop is matte plastic. I used a garbage bag as the diffuser, although it seems like its still blocking out some light. Hand held was still a little callenging.

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    Last booth shot showing a lower view of the diffusion material. The trash bag was a little small. The diamond plate is something ive had forever and makes a great background, although it reflects alot.

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    one example of the final result. This was just a quick edit to post today. I still have alot to learn for lighting. Planning on getting some more supplies to raise the tent up a little for some more working space, as well as working on a better diffusion material.

    Target "tactical light", Spyderco Endura4, Kershaw Ram w/ Dobson scales.

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    Thoughts?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/olydemon/
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2010
  16. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    frossbyte: Nicely done. It appears the diffuser material may be a bit too translucent, as it shows some potential hot spots.

    Hot spots = glare = Not so good.

    That said, highlights (not glare) are always necessary to show texture, shape and add shadows for realism and depth. Keep at it. I hope you are enjoying the process. :)

    Another great build. Me likes.

    You will gain a lot by adding a 6" reflector of some form to drive light back into the shadows. They are too dark. Mine is very similar, and I always, always, use a mirror or three to shoot light back into the work.

    Coop
     
  17. olydemon

    olydemon

    61
    Dec 29, 2009
    Thanks Coop! I saw that in your photos.... if you look close I have those printed on my table. :) I ran out of materials for the frame the first night but couldnt resist trying it out. I used some white cardboard in the front. I could tell the difference for sure. I will get some more materials for reflecting back spme of that light. I also picked up another light for 4 total, so i can maybe use one on the side or front. I look forward to testing more, although I may need to buy some more knives to shoot!!

    Do you have any preference to the color temp on the lights? I have 3 different types, all considered "daylight" @ 5000k, 5500k, and 6500k. I havent tried them all yet. I set my camera to custom WB, although when importing to lightroom, it overwrites the camera setting and changed 6500 to 5900k. I need to do some comparison to the sony software to the lightroom export to see what is correct.
     
  18. olydemon

    olydemon

    61
    Dec 29, 2009
    Another shot using the same setup as above.

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  19. mckgreg

    mckgreg

    Nov 18, 2001
    Good stuff in here.
    Greg
     
  20. Myker

    Myker Banned BANNED

    Feb 5, 2011
    Thanks for your time putting all that information together for us photo newbies, got to give it a shot.
     

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