With the hot climate and plentiful sunshine in Africa, the solar ovens can boil a big pot of water and make it safe to drink. After you decide which of the boxes you want to build, cut two scraps of pine 1 x 3 slightly longer than the height and length of the largest box you plan to build, and adhere them to your work surface with double-face tape. I replaced the grating in the cereal box spectroscope with one of these high resolution gratings, and you can now clearly see several lines in the yellow and orange that were smeared together in the earlier version.
Instructables user faziefazie put this one together, and used a simple cardboard box covered in white A4 paper (which he taped down to be as seamless as possible, but admits roll-paper would be better), some cheap LEDs, and a custom-built controller to handle all of the lights and power them from a single 9-volt battery. Eric and I started talking about light boxes one night, after looking at Ashley ‘s tutorial, and Eric convinced me that he could make one for me in under 2 hours.
As you might expect, a professional lightbox setup isn’t free—they can run anywhere from fifty to hundreds of dollars for a complete setup—but they are readily available on many online retail marketplaces, including the eBay and marketplaces. The hole should be smaller than the paper border around the plastic, so the plastic doesn’t fall into the box. You may need to increase the box size anyway because it looks like this one is only 20″ tall.
If you’re making a picture collage for your Facebook cover image, post it by hovering your mouse over the photo area on your Facebook Timeline. Use the shape tool (rectangle) to make a thick line the thickness depends on your personal taste of how you want it to look, with the fill color close to the color of the White Box or whatever color you would like to try. Either cut off the remaining flaps entirely or fold them out and secure them against the outside of the box using the same tape.
Arrange your lamps on either side of your light box, if the stands poke under your box -as they do in mine – then stand your box on some books to make it flat. You can build your own quality light box for half the price or even less, and in just a couple of hours. For small items like jewelery a box about 30cm wide or 1 foot is good, although if you want to photograph larger items you will need a larger box. This also allowed me to make more than one set of legs to make the box a different height. Make sure you hammer the nails into the centre of the beading or you may split the wood.
I have a light box that my husband purchased for me on eBay, however I hate moving it around the house…we use it in the basement for eBay photos, but I like to take my blog photos in natural light upstairs. A manual with step-by-step instructions on how to build a kamra-e-faoree can be found here alongside a film shot with a carpenter in Kabul. Leave enough cardboard in place to ensure that the box remains structurally sound. I need to take picture of gift baskets I make to post on my webpage and this will work.
This will make removing these interior openings easier than trying to cut them out in a single clockwise or counter-clockwise path. Using a good quality 8x loupe and a daylight balanced light box is still the very best way to proof your transparencies for exposure and sharpness. A half-inch is probably fine – in the photo I placed it much farther to the right than necessary, but the aluminum tape covered up the mistake nicely. The strip of masking tape that runs horizontally in this photo is where I made a mistake: I scored a line along the wrong path.