Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday (Saturday in North America)



Flash flood warnings abound so the only shadows to be had are inside. I played with my homemade light box today.

I learned some subtlety with shadows today. Instead of the shadow being the subject of the picture, here I used shadow to compliment the subject.

I have seen several do your own light boxes but not one like mine. Others are cheaper but I like mine. I used 4 2' x 2' pieces of light diffusers like your standard fluorescent lights in an office. You can buy them at Lowes Home Improvement store (called Metalux troffer replacement lens). I drilled 1/8" holes in them as follows.

Then I just used zip ties to loosely connect them together at the red holes. I can fold it up flat into one 2' x 2' piece for storage. When I'm ready to use it, I just zip tie the yellow holes and it holds a cube shape.

Throw in a few pieces of colored poster board and a daylight CFL lamp or two and you're in business.

19 comments:

  1. The shadows add more depth to each pose. The item stands out so much better for the small shadows. I like the lemons and their trailing shadows. An artistic lesson!

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  2. Cool and really clever! Fun shadow shots, Chris!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  3. Ha ha... cute...like ur idea §:-)

    Am enjoying this...relieving my coughing, at least!

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  4. You're hurting my brain...I'm with the dog...pass the Asti please...however, I love all the shots, the colors are brilliant and the art fun...you're having way too much fun!!!

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  5. What adorable images! I like your easy peasy light box set up. Some instructions I've read of these are far too mind-boggling for my brain, but yours looks nice and simple. I'll give it a go!

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  6. Thanks for posting this. This is an area I need to learn about more too. Cute shots also

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  7. A lemon’s shadow
    is not bitter, neither does
    it yield juice to drink.

    My Shadow Shot

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  8. Really neat pictures, Chris. I like your box too. I really haven't gotten into photo taking and always wondered about a light box. Interesting and thanks for the info. on how to make one.
    Happy SSS.
    Do I miss summer and we just hit fall..Woe is me.

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  9. Thank you for those colors, shadows and info.

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  10. You know this is on my list to make when I return home this week! Cool subjects you used...

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  11. Okay -- your light box set up is brilliant! I'm thinking there could be lots of other ways to use that material for light diffusion, etc. Hmmmm....

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  12. Simple, cheap and gives great results. What more could we ask for? Thanks for the tip!

    And I LOVE those funny animals driving vegetables. Awesome.

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  13. Great shadow shots! This series would be great for my Color Carnival meme too! Feel free to link up if you'd like - and thanks for the lesson! :-)

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  14. hey...you are missed in blogger world...what is it that you are up to???

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  15. Really great idea for a homemade light box. LOVE this! I'm going to make one this weekend. Thank you so much!

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  16. Wow really nice photoshots. I like your idea about colored poster board and CFL lamp! Never really thought that way! Thanks really man.

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