Thursday, January 31, 2008

Anyone ever used a light box?

Recently another small craft business owner shared that she had purchased a light box, and that it has made taking photographs of her work infinitely easier. I've read a few articles on the topic in some art/craft magazines, but I'm still a little skeptical.

I'll admit it, the photographing of my work is the part that I HATE the MOST! My problem is that despite spending time to set up the shots, getting them as well and evenly lit as possible, and taking multiple shots, I end up needing several hours with PhotoShop to get them really clear and sharp. And what's worse is that good photographs are a must to selling online and successfully applying to craft fairs.

I've read that light boxes are good for eliminating shadows and that they help keep the light even on all parts of the object. So does that mean that if I invest in and use one, I won't have to spend hours at my PC fiddling with the photographs? I'd love to know if others have had the same troubles that I have, and if a light box helped.


reluctantMANGO said...

Here's a link to a really great blog post about making your own light box. Thought you might find it enlightening (har har)!

Anonymous said...

Patience: Do you read Shelly Kang's blog? I remember reading last year that she got a light box and that she really felt it made a big difference in her photos of her sock yarns. You might e-mail her and ask her about it. You might also post a question on Ravelry. Good luck!


Sarah G said...

Haha, I had a link all ready for you but Mango beat me to it! Great minds think alike I guess :)

:)SmileCreator said...

Thanks for all your advice, ladies! Now I really have food for thought!