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Photography #2: Soft Box 2

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 234 days ago 1129 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I forgot to post a diagram of my wiring….(Thanks to Lumberjocks for helping me with this!)

Today I’m going to work on the actual Softbox skin. I think this will be the most challenging part. I have a pretty good start already….

For the skeleton, I found some carbon fiber poles at a Big Box Store. It was an 8’ section of it with a flag on one end (I think used for putting on the back of a Snow Mobile). I cut the poles into 2 4’ pieces. I then mocked up what my “tent” will look like….

With 4’ poles, I created an arc with roughly a 15.5” radius. I then spread these to be 2’ feet apart at the ends. This will give me roughly a 24”x30” SoftBox.

I then created the same thing in Google Sketchup so I could create some sewing patterns….

...After that, I used my Flattening Extension, to create patterns…

...Then I added my 1/2” seem allowance for sewing it up…

For the skin I’m using black fabric that graduation gowns are made out of. I will sew reflective fabric on the inside of it – for that I will be dismantling a Car Windshield Reflector….

Thats all for now…..more to come soon! Any questions, let me know!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!



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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 234 days ago

The wiring looks right. Now just add s switch and you’re ready to go, Doug.

Happy new year!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 234 days ago

Looking good.
Anxiously awaiting the softbox skin “fabrication”.

I want to see how the lighting box attaches to the softbox!
Then how it all mounts to a tripod.
Will you be building a tripod, or repurposing an existing one?

Carry on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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dakremer

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#3 posted 234 days ago

hopefully I won’t disappoint you, DIY :) I don’t really have a solid plan – kind of just winging it!

I think for this experiment I’m just going to build a makeshift light stand out of PVC. Again, trying to not spend a lot of money until I know it’ll all work.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 234 days ago

If you haven’t visited flashzebra.com, you are missing out on some things that could help your project like an umbrella adapter so you can attach your soft box to a light stand.
http://flashzebra.com/brackets/index.shtml

Lon Coleman is the owner and a nice guy to deal with.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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dakremer

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#5 posted 234 days ago

I just checked it out, MT. Thanks for the link. He’s got some good stuff. I already have a cheaper way of attaching it to the light stand, that I think will work really well. You’ll see in one of my next blogs!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Lance

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#6 posted 234 days ago

This is a neat project. I just bought my wife a Nikon D5300 for Christmas, I think I found a new hobby myself. I was looking into these for my videos, I might to make one now since we have a DSLR. Already need to convert my camera slider for the DSLR too. Looks good, can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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