Awhile ago a link was posted to the forum with the details to make your own lightbox
. In that thread I talked about making a rig to make the lightbox more useful for my purposes.
Well, I went out and did it.
I made three of these, which I can position anywhere around my build table, and the lamps can be positioned anywhere along the shaft of the stand.
You see, a lightbox does indeed allow you to get even lighting over your subject. But my subjects, like Ulmaris Castle, are far too big to be placed in a lightbox.
So I went out and made the lightbox without the box. I bought some lamps with pre-fitted guards around the hood, along with some cheap pillow cases. The pillow cases are held on by rubber bands around the hood, and the pre-fitted guards keep the fabric away from the bulb.
I also bought flourescent 'daylight' bulbs, which don't produce the same yellow light normal bulbs do, and because their flourescent, and not incandescent, they don't heat up, so there really isn't any risk for fire.
I then went out and bought three 10' lengths of 3/4" PVC pipe, 9 'T' joints, and 3 sets of 4 rubber furniture feet. I cut each pipe into one length of 6 foot tubing and 6 lengths of 8 inches (2/3rds foot). I assembled, but did not glue, the pipe as you can see in the picture.
The whole thing cost somewhere around $60, the most expensive items being the lamps, at about $8 each. The bulbs were only about $3, and each stand cost $5 in materials. I also had to buy a PVC pipe cutting tool, as well as glue I didn't use, which added to the overall cost.
The effect is really great. The stands allow me to position the lamps anywhere, and the fabric over them really diffuse the light and remove all the really harsh reflections.
And for my new camera? Check it out...