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for the light i used some 250w work lights that i found on sale for $4 each, killer deal. but be careful, they do get hot.
the box was made out of two sheets of white 20inx30in foam core, about $3 per sheet. if i was to do it again i would use foam core that has white on one side and black on the other so i dont have to use the black duck tape.
the stand is PVC and is adjustable in hight, about $6 for all of the PVC.
i used 3/4” and 1” thin wall PVC.
and the box can tilted because i used a flag holder, bout $3.
not my original plan to mount the box but works better!
the defuser part i use some fabric i found at the store. i don’t know what kind exactly it is but it works great! i think is a form of rip-stop nylon. bout $5.
so for both softboxes i spent about $50. not bad for what i made. now i can use that money i saved and get me some glass :)
they do get HOT. but not to the point of starting a fire. i had them on for 5+ hours and had no problem. when i was making it i had that in mind.
nothing is really touching the foam core except the top. the light had a stand that screwed in, so i used it to mount it to the flag pole mount. so basically the light is floating in the middle of it. i recommend not using duck tape but some heat resistance tape. when the duck tape gets hot it smells a little at first.
but i do keep my eye on it just in case.
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A quick and cheap home portrait studio I set up. All the parts total less than $75 and can be picked up and assembled in an afternoon. Lamps, reflector umbrella, and diffuser.
I need to buy the second 2x4 translucent panel. I put grooves along the sides of the table so I can create a tunnel for shadowless shooting.
Here is an example where I used the curved panel to create beautiful rim of light.
Light Through Rock - Translucent Granite