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« on: November 20, 2008 08:25:07 PM »

I have a light box for my doll and art photography but it's a little cumbersome for tiny things like jewelry.So I made myself one out of a milk jug.Basically all you have to do is cut the top off and put something flat in the bottom for the "background".
You could even use this for things like say dolls or other small items by just cutting a square out of the front and using the side for the background part.I just made mine a "top loader" since it's mainly for jewelry.
I'll attach a photo I took with my ghetto fabulous milk jug light box,as you can see it works quite nicely.
P.S. the slit in the back is so I can pull the necklace chains though if I want them out of the way.
If you are using the big tungsten shop lights like you can see Im using you may want to set your cam setting on COOL,since the lights can give a yellow cast.Which is cool for art photography but not so good for product shots.You also do NOT want to leave this set up with the lights on and it unattended because the lights get very hot.And also set your cam on its macro setting.
I put my little background on a piece of cardboard since most milk jugs aren't flat at the bottom,you can make little interchangeable backgrounds with different colors and fabrics.,also since there is a little bump at the bottom of most milk jugs you can glue some cardboard on the sides of the bump to make it level.
The pic's basically show you how I made it,it's pretty self explanatory.



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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008 08:42:04 PM »

thats a really good idea! am my pics come out pretty bad. i might try this b/c most of my stuff is really small dont photograph very well as it is.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008 10:57:07 PM »

I guess I will be drinking a lot of milk. This is great
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008 09:44:27 AM »

No prob,It looks just as good as the light box and it's nice to not have to fold and unfold the big light box for such small things.

thats a really good idea! am my pics come out pretty bad. i might try this b/c most of my stuff is really small dont photograph very well as it is.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008 12:22:48 PM »

Brilliant! I have tried so hard with so with many different "light boxes". Free and easy. Oh, THANK  YOU, THANK YOU! I am hitting "this rocks"!
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008 04:26:25 PM »

I have too I have boxes with slits,sour cream cups witch parts cut out and paper around them.Which wasn't to bad.LOL and rip stop fabric all over trying to just make a smaller less fussy lightbox.

Brilliant! I have tried so hard with so with many different "light boxes". Free and easy. Oh, THANK  YOU, THANK YOU! I am hitting "this rocks"!
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2008 10:19:24 AM »

I was just thinking I needed to make a light box to photograph my collectibles, and here it is!

Excellent use of milk jug, btw.

Now I'm going out to get a jug of milk -- I wonder if I'll find chocolate?
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2008 07:24:16 PM »

This is pretty neat. I'm a photography major so I'm sure this will help me out sometime. So clever.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2008 09:58:14 PM »

Hmmmm.  I wonder if this would work for my small sculptures.

Thanks for posting it.

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2011 12:25:47 PM »

I added a bit more info to the tute that may make it even more useful.
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