Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Improvised Softbox

A while ago, I read a post on how to improvise a soft box from four pieces of paper and three paper clips or binder clips. Soon after, a friend needed me to take a picture of a strawberry so he could print a poster of it as a gift to his friend (she loves strawberries, and hates when they're out of season). I figured I would test it out.

click to enlarge, or see it on Flickr
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 0.3 seconds
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 55 mm

I'm really pretty happy with how it turned out. Very high-key, and the colors are saturated without my needing to tweak much. The only improvement I wish I could make is the focus. The AF did a good job, but I took this before I discovered Mirror Lockup or Live View zoom MF, which does a slightly better job. But I got the DoF just right in my eyes.

Edit: At the suggestion of a commenter, here's the link to the tutorial on how to build it. You can use artificial lighting, but I just set it next to a window on a cloudy day, as I didn't have any portable lighting with me.


  1. This turned out really nice, Andrew. Wanna post a picture of the softbox setup so some of us can try it out? :)

  2. Oh that looks delicious! I can almost taste it! Nice DoF, and the lighting is very nice with the emphasis on all the little divots of the strawberry. Nicely done!


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