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    Using Lightbox for aquarium/aquatic photography?

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    How about using those lightbox? Thinking of making one, not sure how effective is that. Anyone try that before? care to make recomendation?

    http://www.cau-aqua.net/index.php?op...d=35&Itemid=39
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    It is effective... made one before.. but a bit long and hard to write about it..haha..
    mine still needs improvements though..

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    Light boxes are basically diffused lighting. We do use it all the time, if not in the form of a light/soft box, then in the form of an add on diffusor for the flash or just some tissue paper.

    For beautiful tank shots, nothing beats a big light box on top. Or have 10 flashes to precisely control the light. Either option is fine, but the first one will be cheaper.

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    I think one of the older aquajournals has tips on how to make a softtbox for this purpose.

    Use a large corrugated cardboardbox similar size to tank.
    Fold flaps inside and tape it.
    Tape tracing paper on one of the open sides.
    Tape reflective aluminium cooking wrapper to it's 4 in-sides [not on tracing paper]
    Put box over tank. you need glass bracing to prevent it from falling into tank.
    The additional flap for the back you can do it like how it's done form the CAU website.

    Then you need to figure out how to mount the flash pointing into box. Remote sync wire remote cables or IR trigger or flash sync from camera with a flash trigger sensor.
    The latter you have to prevent the flash from camera from hitting front of tank. Block it with a card.
    Last edited by StanChung; 28th Nov 2007 at 02:26.
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    haha... can't imagine, I will just follow CAU way
    Another thing, is there any special flash that I need to aware of? that little flash is not cheap
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    Faster make! I can help you test your softbox out with my camera and flash.
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    I did some reading on CAU website (http://www.cau-aqua.net/index.php?op...d=45&Itemid=39) and lost, what is the hight of the light Box?

    The web site writen "If we can produce a light box with double height or higher, the gap will be close and get an even exposure and rich picture." Does it mean that the box must be at least 2 the hight of the tank? Is there any magic formula for the ration between tank hight and light box hight?
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