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02/21/2005 11:58:38 PM · #1
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First one is shot in raw. Never processed raw files before.

Second one has no post processing besides resizing and sharpening.

Comments or suggestions?
02/22/2005 12:07:30 AM · #2
Nice even lighting, but I think they are a little too dark.

What about maybe adjusting the exposure a little in the RAW file, as then I think these will come out really well.

I'd be very interested in seeing a photo of your light tent if you would, and any comments you may have on it, as I keep meaning to put one together myself and am looking for any tips/tricks :)
02/22/2005 12:18:17 AM · #3
Originally posted by Natator:

Nice even lighting, but I think they are a little too dark.

What about maybe adjusting the exposure a little in the RAW file, as then I think these will come out really well.

I'd be very interested in seeing a photo of your light tent if you would, and any comments you may have on it, as I keep meaning to put one together myself and am looking for any tips/tricks :)


I know they are a little dark. Shooting in the living room while the ol' lady watches the tube. Didn't wanna blind her with my 500w halogens. ;-)

Lemme shoot a couple of shots of the tent. Back inna flash.
02/22/2005 12:27:57 AM · #4
Originally posted by TooCool:



I know they are a little dark. Shooting in the living room while the ol' lady watches the tube. Didn't wanna blind her with my 500w halogens. ;-)


Easy solution .... stick her in a large light tent and see how you go with that ;)

Originally posted by TooCool:

Lemme shoot a couple of shots of the tent. Back inna flash.


Pun intended? ;)
02/22/2005 12:31:50 AM · #5
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It's my kids Lion King tent frame. He ain't played with it in 6 or 7 years so I took it! :-P Covered it with a tent. It's actually kinda big for what I wanna use, but that could be useful later...

Edited to add: No I didn't cover the tent with a tent it's actually a sheet! :-P

Message edited by author 2005-02-22 00:36:48.
02/22/2005 12:42:37 AM · #6
Well, I am quite disgusted. Do you realise I was kept waiting over 20 minutes until you fullfilled my request there for a photo of the tent, I mean sheesh, time is valuable don't ya know! *laugh*

That is rather a neat frame, especially for largish objects.

Are you firing your lights through the sheet? or in at the ends?

The pro light tents I've seen seem to have holes cut in the tent and the lights fire through those. However, by firing through the sheet I would imagine you might get an effect like a large softbox.

By the way, that nearly is big enough to put your wife in for the photos ;)
02/22/2005 12:47:58 AM · #7
Originally posted by Natator:

Well, I am quite disgusted. Do you realise I was kept waiting over 20 minutes until you fullfilled my request there for a photo of the tent, I mean sheesh, time is valuable don't ya know! *laugh*

That is rather a neat frame, especially for largish objects.

Are you firing your lights through the sheet? or in at the ends?

The pro light tents I've seen seem to have holes cut in the tent and the lights fire through those. However, by firing through the sheet I would imagine you might get an effect like a large softbox.

By the way, that nearly is big enough to put your wife in for the photos ;)


I thought that a light tent was just a different version of a soft box... So far I've just tried aiming the lights at the side. I ain't had enough time to play with it yet, but I figure I can move the lights all around including from the ends. I also figure I can put lights inside also for different effects.

The cat loves the tent. The wife refuses to go inside it...
02/22/2005 12:48:15 AM · #8
Originally posted by TooCool:

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Ingenious.
02/22/2005 01:12:32 AM · #9
Originally posted by faidoi:

Ingenious.


Nah, just ain't got no money. :-P
02/22/2005 01:19:47 AM · #10
Originally posted by TooCool:

Originally posted by faidoi:

Ingenious.


Nah, just ain't got no money. :-P


<Sigh>I just tape scrap pieces of typing paper together. Thanks for the idea.

Message edited by author 2005-02-22 01:21:46.
02/22/2005 01:21:53 AM · #11
Originally posted by faidoi:

Thanks for the idea.


That's why we're all here for, right? :-)
02/22/2005 04:06:06 AM · #12
If you're gonna throw light, 500W halogen light, at that tent, you're going to get shadows from the bars unless you're careful...

Robt.
02/22/2005 05:02:06 AM · #13
Thats a great idea.

I sit a card table upside down on another table and hang a sheet over the legs. It works quite well.
02/22/2005 12:21:21 PM · #14
Originally posted by bear_music:

If you're gonna throw light, 500W halogen light, at that tent, you're going to get shadows from the bars unless you're careful...

Robt.


I thought about that at first. I've tried moving the lights around and don't 'see' any shadows. Not to say there aren't any subtle shadows that the camera won't pick up...
02/22/2005 12:27:51 PM · #15
I really like this idea definaltely somethin Iam gonna try i dont know where i can pic up that metal frame i know i got the sheets may i can rig it up some other way using tacs and the wall ........lol
02/22/2005 12:44:41 PM · #16
I'd try bumping up the exposure in RAW as suggested earlier - seem a touch dark at the mo.

I'm in the process of making a tent at the moment. It's made from thin aluminium tubing, and the material from a plain white shower curtain. The thought of all the sewing I need to do is putting me off, but I managed to borrow a sewing machine at the weekend - which will help.

I'm hoping for something I can dis-assemble easily for storage.

As for lighting, I'm considering a set of tube lights that can be rearranged on different sides, to try and get even lighting.

I'll post some pics once I'm finished.

Message edited by author 2005-02-22 12:46:03.
02/22/2005 12:47:13 PM · #17
If you are looking for the size shape that I have here, try Toys 'r' Us. This once again is just an inexpensive kids tent that I had around the house going unused. The poles are not metal, rather simple PVC that have a cord runing through them to make it easier for a youngster to put together...
02/22/2005 12:57:55 PM · #18
Toys r US i would have never thought about thanks alot!!!!!!!
02/22/2005 01:12:21 PM · #19
Originally posted by Natator:

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The pro light tents I've seen seem to have holes cut in the tent and the lights fire through those. However, by firing through the sheet I would imagine you might get an effect like a large softbox.

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I thought the holes in the consumer tents was where you would shoot the camera through...At least that is what I have seen...the object is to have no lighting that can be reflected inside the tent.

Love the tent idea I will be making one these...(smaller scale).

Here's a different approach if you have a light table (tracing table) lying around. They generally will have 2 or 4 flourescent bulbs in them just place 4 pieces of foam board around and you have this.

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Light table is off in the shot for obvious blowout the center. This has worked pretty neat for Stock shots.
02/22/2005 01:36:21 PM · #20
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Same image as above with simple levels adjustment...
02/22/2005 05:42:57 PM · #21
Originally posted by awpollard:

I thought the holes in the consumer tents was where you would shoot the camera through...At least that is what I have seen...the object is to have no lighting that can be reflected inside the tent.


You are probably right.

I've only ever seen one set up once and that was in a store. They had the lights pointing at the holes, but when I think on it now that doesn not make a lot of sense, and I think they must have just set it up for display and not really bothered to make it right.
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