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Projet 365: Days 15 through 17

On Saturday, I did a little DIY project and made myself a light box (or "macro studio" as the author of the instructions I followed calls it). Of course, since then I've played around with it a bit. I've also decided to play around with the settings on my camera, in a more organized way than I've done before. I'm going through the camera manual and figuring out how to do all the nifty things my camera will do. Today, I played with the aperture.

Day 15: DIY Light Box

Day 15 - Light Box

BTW, I did mine on the cheap. Everything I used was scrounged from around the house. So, total cost? $0.00. Whoo ya!

Day 16: Light Box Candle

Day 16 - Light Box Candle

This is my favorite of the photos I took on Sunday using my new light box. Admittedly, I didn't take too terribly many (as I was on my way to a Doctor Who mini-marathon). Still, I like this shot. I'm discovering that my little Ott-Lite is nowhere near a sufficient amount of light, so I'm relying on sunlight for now (which limits the times I can use the box). I might play around with artificial light at some point in the future, if I decide that I really dig light box photography. Or, I might get bored and chuck the whole thing in the trash. :D

Day 17: Queen Stands Alone

Day 17 - Queen Stands Alone

I set up this shot with a few of the pieces from Connor's replica Lewis chess set. Then, I played with the manual aperture setting on the camera. This shot was taken at f/4 (the smallest aperture setting on my camera), and I love how only the queen is in focus. Compare this with the shot behind the cut, which was taken at the other extreme - f/22 - allowing all the elements of the photo to be in clear focus. I think I'll have fun with this trick in the future.

Queen Stands Alone 2



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
"I used a razor to slice the boxes. Try not to amputate anything, okay? Besides, the arterial bleeding will saturate and weaken the cardboard."

I heart whoever wrote that tutorial!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
LOL! It was good advice, actually. Because he wrote that, I was extra-careful with the craft knife. I sliced the heck out of my finger last week cooking Japanese food, so it was nice to be reminded to be careful . . . and I managed not to cut off any body parts, so YAY! :D

(That icon is very cute, btw)!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
I am 1) TOTALLY impressed. Both with the photography and the clever skills..( i adore the Queen pic)
2) Loving your projects probably as much as you do! I look forward to seeing them.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! *grinning like mad*

The queen is awesome, isn't she? She's got the greatest expression on her face. I'll probably do a few more with that chess set; they're so super cool.

Also . . . I missed seeing you yesterday! Had a great time with K, C and L, though. Are you going to BayCon?
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
You can build your own light boxes? COOL!

And nice lighting on those photos!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)

The lightbox was really easy to make, too. Plus, it's always fun to have a successful DIY project. :D
Apr. 22nd, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
I need to do that - for the food photography. Love the candle picture.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
This would be great for food photography.

Here's another article I read recently on the subject, which you might find useful:


Apr. 22nd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ooooooo... pretty...

(that's all :D)
Apr. 23rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
You should totally be a professional photographer. You ROCK.
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