Things [I Love] In A Light Box

After I put together my totally awesome light box, I realized I only had one lamp.  I thought I had two.  I have no idea where the other one is but I can see it in my mind.  I just can’t see it in my house.  I finally broke down a purchased a second desk lamp at Target last week.  And ever since then, I’ve been putting everything that will fit inside that thing and taking pictures of it.  Reminds of the first week I got my camera.

What I’ve learned from doing all my random miniature photo-shoots is that I need to learn how to use the light box.  It’s not hard to put something in there and take a picture.  No.  I just want to be able to use it to the best of my capability.  In other words, subjects, views/angles, artificial/natural light, light placement, settings on the camera… that kind of stuff.

So I’m starting a new segment because 1) sharing my photos will push me to do better and 2) it’s NaBloPoMo and I don’t want to run out of crap to write about.  My segment is called “Things [I Love] In A Light Box”.  The rules for myself are:

  • either artificial or natural light can be used.
  • absolutely ZERO post-processing – I need to see what I’m doing wrong.
  • I don’t have to “love it”.  I can just “really really like” it.

Since this is a learning exercise, I’m up for constructive criticism.  If you have an idea of what I should have done differently, leave a comment.  If I think any comments aren’t appropriate, I’m deleting the bad dog.  I hope this isn’t too boring.  I promise, there are pictures below.  Hell, maybe this will make you want to make your own light box.

OK, so here we go.  Things [I Love] In A Light Box:

Of course, my 50mm f/1.8.  The hubs has to point out to everyone that the lens I use the most often is the least expensive.  So?  It’s kickass.

Things [I Love] In A Light Box

Carmex.  I love  Carmex.  Use it everyday.  Fun Fact: It’s said that Carmex has never spent a penny on advertising but still manages to out-sell other lip balms.  WOM is still alive, my friends.

Things [I Love] In A Light Box

Yankee Candle Tarts.  I like candles but I really really like tarts.  All the fragrance without the burning smell. 

Things [I Love] In A Light Box

Huber Orchard homemade Boysenberry Preserves.  Nom.  I never knew what a boysenberry was but I knew that I liked them.  It’s actually a hybrid between a blackberry and a raspberry. 

Things [I Love] In A Light Box

Colored Sharpies.  Specifically, a rainbow of colored Sharpies.  I think using Sharpies automatically make you more creative.  I remember, from the time I started remembering, my DAd always used felt-tip pens and I wasn’t allowed to use them because I pressed too hard and it would ruin the pen.  I don’t have that problem any more.

Things [I Love] In A Light Box

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November 7, 2009 - 9:59 pm

katie - brooke- everything looks as if its floating mid-air. And I’m pretty sure that the sharpie photo is officially one of my favorites ever.
and now i want you to build a light box for me. so, how’s about a trip to atlanta? thanks. you’re the best. ;)

November 8, 2009 - 3:37 am

Z - I’d maybe use a lighter/whiter background – the background seems to suck a lot of the color out of the sharpie picture.

The background also blends in too much with the bottom of the Carmex. Maybe use a color background for that one? Stop-down more and get all of the text in focus, no point in a wide aperture.

I like the preserves/tarts, especially how there’s some above the label on the preserves.

The lens is kind of bland and tubby in that shot. Maybe position the camera a little higher on the lens? Or try a different angle altogether, with the lens on its side with a cap off.

November 12, 2009 - 12:15 am

jill - great shots! i love that you’re posting your experiments online and asking for feedback…if we aren’t open to learning and asking for advice, where’s the fun?!?

thanks for stopping by the someday blog today – i’ll be checking in with you for more photo tips…

jill

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