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Great deal on a 30-Inch Soft Box Light

CowboyStudio 30-Inch Photo Soft Box Light

I have always used a DIY soft box – You can take a look at this post if you want to see how I made my DIY soft box. It worked great, but over time it has started to fall apart. It seems like the only thing holding it together is the tape. So I thought I would purchase one this time, and for this price I am not sure why I didn’t do it sooner!

List Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $34.31

Not too much of a savings, but really $35.00 for a collapsible soft box that fits into a tiny bag, well worth the money. The backdrops that come with it are kinda worthless in my opinion. They’re are made out of shiny material that is extremely wrinkled. I am sure you could put an iron to it, but that might melt the material plus I avoid ironing at all costs. Either way I don’t think I will be using them. I have stacks of different colored poster boards that are always flat never a wrinkle and only cost .50 per sheet. They fit inside the soft box with room to spare!

If you have any specific questions about this soft box don’t hesitate to email! I think it’s well worth the price!

Official Product Description:

The light tent makes it easily to take professional digital photos. It is ideal for online sellers, photography lovers, and collectors. It filters the light to prevent shadows and reflections on shiny objects and gives a clean, professional backdrop to all items. Its special nylon fabric diffuses the external light, soften shadows, and reduces glare.

30″ square tent; Backgrounds fasten to the tent with velcro; Made from translucent light diffusing white nylon fabric; Detachable front door cover with slit for camera lens; Easy to fold and store in its carry case.

The number one complaint was they couldn’t figure out how to fold the light box. So I found this you tube video if you find yourself in the same situation!

How to fold your soft box:

Soft box – testing light

Testing lights for the soft box!

When looking at this image it sure looks like there is enough light in the box, but really there isn’t. There were too many shadows going on inside the box. If you missed my first step how I made my first DIY soft box you can check that out – DIY soft box.

The light fixture I went in search of were not these, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for in town. After going to Ace, Lowes and Home Depot I found these light fixtures. They were the right price at $7.97 each and can be used with up to 150W. I bought a variety of flouresent bulbs the maximun being 120W flouresent, and tungsten bulbs the maximum being 100w.

The light fixture does have a clamp on bottom which is nice. If I end up purchasing different lights for this project  I figure these will come in handy for some other project down the road.

This picture is unedited. Taken using 100w tungsten light bulbs. One on each side of the box and one on top. WB set at Tungsten. Will keep trying…

 

 

 

Soft Box in the making

I am getting ready to take some product pictures for a friend. I told her I would do it just for fun since I am brand new at the DSLR thing, and she is a friend.  Of course I still want to come up with something amazing for her. I didn’t just want to take a bunch of pictures the same way I would have with my hand held point and shoot. I wanted to see just how amazing I could get them, and learn some new tricks along the way. That is when I started reading about a soft box!

First thank-you to some tweets of advice along the way!

@Salfrico
@cyberjim

This is where I started… 20×22

The theory goes the larger the box the softer the light will be, and this was the biggest box I could find in the house.

I measured around all the sides 2 1/2 inches wide.  Make sure you use a ruler you want to make sure your measurements are correct around the entire box. It will make it easier when you cut your white strips later on.

You want to cut white poster board into strips 2 1/2 inches wide + the length of your box. You will need 16 strips total.  Once done go ahead and glue them into the box.

It is hard to tell in this picture, but I taped two pieces of white poster board together so it would be long enough.  When you place the paper inside you will want to gently go around the back corner. Don’t push it in or you will get a crease in your picture.  If you can find away not to tape the poster board together perhaps a longer sheet that might be a wise idea as well.  If I photograph something tall I will see the line in the picture.  That is on my list of things to do – buy new longer poster board, check!

And last of all you want to put the material around the box. I used rip stop nylon. Any white material that you can see through will work even a white sheet,  I was able to purchase 1 yd of the rip stop nylon and it covered all the sides and top. Of course you want to leave your opening in the front to take the picture. I used clear tape to get the material on, but you could use glue. I would guess I hot glue gun would work great.

I don’t have a picture of this part yet, but the 2 1/2 inch high lip in the front of the box I ended up cutting that right off so it opened up all the way to the floor. Seemed easier with my camera set up.

It really didn’t take long at all..

What I used:

20 x 22 box
2 1/2 strip of white construction paper
4 white poster board paper
Glue
knife
1 yard material (it was the exact amount)

I took this picture of the tape measure right after I was finished, no flash no light bulbs. I had the box sitting on the table where there was sun light coming in.

Shutter Speed 1/40 sec
F-Stop: f4.5
ISO: 800

More pictures and playing with lights to come!