Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Improve Photos with a Light Box

DEEP light box as assembled
After struggling for years with various schemes to get consistent photos of finished figures, my troubles were eased with a Christmas gift.  That gift was a photo light box made by DEEP.
Light box assembled showing front camera aperture.
Now, among the many trials of producing good quality images, one such attempt was to make my own light box.  That Mark I version was constructed from white foam core and illuminated either from the front or top.  The light on top was a small ordinary desk lamp perched precariously on the top of the box.  A hole cut in the top fit the light cylinder such that the fixture would fit into the light box and shine into the box interior.  Not an optimal solution!
Frame with tent unzipped and removed
The DEEP light box measures 24" x 24" x 24" with a metal and plastic frame covered by a reflective,  zippered tent.  The light box assembles easily.  Two LED light bars (having 60 LEDs each) are attached to the top of the frame by small screws.  The kit comes with three different background boards that can be quickly swapped out and a handy carrying case.
Two LED light bars attached to top face
Photos can be taken from either the front or top.  With a two foot square photo space, this device can accommodate large groups of figures.

After having regularly used the DEEP light box for more than six months, what are my impressions?  This photo tent is easy to assemble and easy to use.  While the DEEP photo box has not improved my brushwork, it has improved my figure photography.  Consistent results can now be produced without relying on much trial and error.  A terrific product that I wish had been on my Wish List sooner. 

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