On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 17:55:58 +1300, William Hursthouse
>I remember seeing a neat light box for photographing turnings,
My general setup for this is two lengths of 1mm fibreglass kite spar
(a very useful material) and a length of white ripstop nylon. Sew it
all together to make a "stretcher". Sew three short lengths of spar
into cross-wise pockets (you might want to make them removable from
one end) Then use two lengths of matching silicone hose to bends the
spar ends together into circles and fasten it all together.
You now have a circular drum of translucent diffusing fabric, with a
big gap at the front. Set it up on your table, place the object
inside, the camera tripod facing the gap and arrange lights around the
outsides of the diffuser until you're happy. Cheap Ikea halogen
desklamps are useful for this. If it's glass or silver, place a
single small light inside the diffuser to produce highlights.
Use a digital camera and a laptop, because rapid feedback of
large-size images is an important part of the light adjusting process.