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I paid just under $5 each for the 4 clip-light fixtures and Just over $2 for the tissue paper (tracing paper) and the poster board. The box was free. I already had some white CFL's laying around so I don't count those in the cost otherwise it's closer to $50.







I needed something to mount them on so I ran out to the shop and used some scrap metal to whip these things up.



Then I took some test shots. I either don't have enough light or the settings on my camera are wrong. I am using a point and shoot, and I am not 100% sure I have it set correctly (I am more sure that I don't have it set correctly).

It's just a regular old P&S Kodak EasyShare Z812 IS.











Looking for some advice an what I am doing wrong.
 
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needs more light
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Seeing as he has 4 lamps in super close distance i dont think he needs any more light. I think the reason that the pictures are turning out somewhat yellow-ish is because of the white balance. try to look for white balance settings in your user manual and play around with that
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Seeing as he has 4 lamps in super close distance i dont think he needs any more light. I think the reason that the pictures are turning out somewhat yellow-ish is because of the white balance. try to look for white balance settings in your user manual and play around with that
Yeah, was gonna say, it's a decent amount of light, it's not a very large area that has to be lit. Maybe like 1'x1'x1' and I have 4 26w CFL's. I'll dilly around, I actually don't have the manual anymore. The camera was "inherited" at work and no one knows who did what with the manual (as per usual). I can look one up online I am sure.

I adjusted the exposure time (I think). It's displayed as a fraction, like 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, etc. I also changed the white balance to Fluorescent. I took three shots, 1/80, 1/100, and 1/125.






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cHoBomonkey is correct.
White balance.

Changed the white balance and cropped it.
BTW I suck at photoshop
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LOL! Here's mine, guess what they're made of haha










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Looks like I just needed to set it to Tungsten for the white balance.



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Awesome, thanks for the info and photos
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I made a very similar lightbox I use it mostly for taking pictures of watches (my other collection/hobby)
Example:

A couple other suggestions/ideas:

It might help to open the sides up a bit more so you can adjust the light angle a little for different objects of varying sizes.

Get a package of cheap glossy 11x17 photopaper and use it as a backdrop it gives the image a little extra pop and you can play with reflections a bit.

I find the cool blue CFL's are best.

If you have a good camera Adobe Lightroom is really a huge way to improve things.
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