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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-26-2018 11:07 PM 795 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to make one of these walls for photographing my projects without background clutter and we had a presentation on a CYC wall at our turners guild meeting. That one had white sides and the light at the top. I made mine open on the sides and put two lights on the sides. This one folds up when you take off the plastic screen and the two slats in the back. I had been looking for the right white surface and found a 4×8 sheet of this .060” plastic at Menards that was perfect.( It was on sale and had 11% off that day). The screen has an angle mounted to the top so it just clips over the frame and can be rolled up for storage or transport.

The wall is 36” wide and 42” high and 30” deep and made from 5/8” maple plywood.
I painted the frame white,
I also made two adjustable lights to illuminate the wall. They were made so I could put a diffusing material on the front and be adjustable for angle and height on the conduit posts. The wood for the lights was painted with silver pain and I have 100Watt LED lights in the porcelain sockets.

This was a design as you go project and I have some process shots below:

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This shot was with one light open and one diffused ( notice the shadow on the right)

This was taken with both lights diffused

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





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 12:03 AM

Gorgeous lamp and well photographed in the bottom picture.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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lew

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 12:12 AM

Nice! I really need to work on my photography skills.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 01:17 AM

That diffusion makes a big difference!!

COOL project!

... to make COOL pictures… No excuses from now on… LOL

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 01:27 AM

Gooood project. The results on the photo were great.

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 03:44 AM

Great work Jim, certainly got a nice photo of the lamp. Those Elves are very talented. Cheers mate.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 11:17 AM

Wow Jim, That’ll be great for photographing – makes the lamp look great with both lights diffused. And I see your use for that cone shape :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 12:35 PM

Great Idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 08-27-2018 01:08 PM

Good job Jim. I need something like this for my photos. I never seem to have the right background or lighting.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 08-27-2018 02:14 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. The diffusers are pieces of an old sheet that I taped on to try them out. I will get some good white material and put them on with a band in the groove I made on the light rings just for that purpose.

Now I just have to figure out how to get my pictures to come over onto Lumberjocks after I rotate them. I made the high wall to be able to take photos of of long things with the camera sideways and then rotate them. They stay rotated when I go to E mail but they don’t on here. If anyone knows the trick to keep them rotated, I’d sure like to hear it because I worked at that for an hour on my stuff and some other guy’s projects and they did not stay. I am rotating them in Windows 10 software.

I see a lot of photos posted sideways and I thought it was just because they were from phone pictures, but I use a camera and need to master that part of it.

Thanks, Jim

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

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#10 posted 08-27-2018 02:38 PM

Nice Jim

-- Ken Lowell Mi

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#11 posted 08-27-2018 04:06 PM

Stepping up your photography game! All the better to show off your projects in the best light. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 08-27-2018 04:57 PM

Thanks Ken and Candy!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 08-27-2018 05:51 PM

great idea,buddy
Awesome lamp

-- bambi

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 08-27-2018 06:14 PM

Thanks, Bambi!! That is an old lamp that I used for comparison with the diffusers.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 08-27-2018 10:19 PM

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

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