Thursday, August 16, 2012

Let the Light In - Fun with Photography

I got a light box  with all the accessories for my birthday from Partner in Grime. I've another friend that made one which was fun to experiment with and I wanted one of my own.  Why?

Because you can take pictures at home no matter what the outside light is doing.

You can shoot with the white cloth background, or the navy blue, black or red one. You can use the good camera, or even the $80 point and shoot glovebox pocket camera which took this one

And even better, you can take evening food pictures as good as day pictures.

Thanks so much, this is going to be a LOT of fun! 


  1. I was admiring the pictures, and now I'm hungry again.

  2. I built a light box, with PVC pipe parts, following online instructions several years ago, but it's spent most of it's life disassembled and buried on a closet shelf.

    Your post makes me want to get it out and use it instead of usually waiting for daylight to take most of my photos, lol... ;)

  3. Rev. Paul - here is the recipe for Sam to make for you. (We are getting rain in INDY area tonight, it's still coming down, Yay!

    HOTR Mac and Cheese

    Makes two small casseroles or one large one.

    · 1 pound of macaroni, simmered till al dente in 1 gallon salted water, drained
    · 1 large onion diced into large chunks
    · 8oz smoked ham steak, diced into half inch pieces or 1/2 pound Amish bacon cut into large but bite sized pieces
    · 6ozs of extra sharp cheddar cheese, sliced into small chunks
    · 8ozs of regular cheddar cheese, sliced into small chunks
    · 6ozs of grated white cheddar for topping the dish
    · 1 cup of half and half
    · 2 cups of whole milk
    · 1/4 pound of butter (for roux)
    extra butter for cooking the pork and onion
    · 3 Tablespoons of flour
    · 2 Tablespoons of kosher salt
    · 1 Tablespoon of fresh ground pepper
    · 1 Tablespoon dried minced garlic
    · 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
    · 1/8 teaspoon plus one pinch of ground nutmeg
    · A dash or two of your favorite hot sauce (I use Scoville Bros. Heavy Metal Heat, from N. Indiana)

    Sautee the diced onions in some of the butter till soft, sweet and caramelized. Set aside in a large bowl. In the same pan, add more butter, and then brown the pork till it just gets crispy on the edges. Add the pork to the onions in the bowl.

    In a heavy saucepan, make the sauce by first melting 1/4 pound of butter over high heat, stirring with a whisk as it heats. As soon it just begins to brown, add the flour and stir constantly. Once the flour smells ‘nutty’, add the half and half, then most of the milk. (Reserve some milk for adjustment if needed). Stir constantly on high heat till the milk thickens and just starts to bubble. At once, add 3/4 of the chunked cheeses and continue stirring. From the point the flour is added to the sauce, it must be stirred constantly till finished, or removed from the heat. As soon as the cheese is melted, add the salt, pepper, garlic, nutmeg, parsley, and hot sauce. Remove from heat and stir till the sauce stops bubbling and is very smooth.

    In the large bowl holding the onions and ham, add the macaroni and about half the sauce.
    Mix enough to break up any clumps of pasta and distribute the onions and ham through the mixture. Pour into a large, deep, baking dish leaving enough room for topping and a lid.

    Sprinkle a heavy layer of shredded cheddar on top of the pasta mix, and then pour in the remaining sauce to just below the dishes rim.

    Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Then remove the lid and bake another 15 minutes, or until the cheese browns on top of the casserole. Remove from the oven, cover, and allow to rest at least 20 minutes before eating

  4. Rev. Paul wants to eat a house AND a gun?


  5. Very nice photos! The light box here has been great, but I understand I can set the camera to know that the little halogen spots are being used and it will filter accordingly. I have not gotten that far yet.

    Good looking S&W!

  6. Oh, that M&P looks a whole lot better than mine! After market fiber sights? Mine is a VTAC.

  7. What a great variety of interests you have. I think that is great way to lead life. You are the very definition of a polymath.

  8. Rain... I miss the rain, we have triple digits here and no rain in sight...

    Looking forward to even more inspiring pictures from you, not that the older ones were at all shabby. Every time I read your posts I want to do things, or make things, or go out and shoot things... Now I want to build a light box! Ah well, add it to the project list for this winter.

  9. Super cool images :)

    very good shots indeed , thanks for sharing

  10. You get some pretty nifty birthday presents.

    By the way, is that 1792 good stuff? I've been meaning to try some ever since I picked up some freight, a few months ago, at the distillery where they make it.

  11. More details on the light box, please (brand, size, etc.). I want to take pictures of my "collectibles" and it looks like a light box is the way to go.

  12. Nice. I need to either purchase or build a light box.

  13. Have fun taking even more pictures. Wonder how soon it will be before your computer's hard drive is stuffed full of pictures?

  14. Just learning how to use my little hand me down camera...
    Good to know there is possibly a light at the end of the tunnel...

  15. Stormdrain - your work would be incredible photographed like that.

    fast richard - that's because i have really cool friends. The bourbon was excellent, not harsh, nice smokey undertone and cheaper than the knob Creek that is in the cabinet.

    A bottle will last me a year, but it's good stuff.

    Eric - since it was a gift, I will have to ask and get back to you. It folds up like a laundry basket for storage which is pretty nifty.

    Jennifer - it is going to take some practice. For each good picture there were 15 lousy ones.

    mrs. S. - I'm at almost 6000 pictures right now.

    Brighid - hi girl! I only had my point and shoot at Dad's when we all got together and it does work pretty well.

  16. I've been using a trifold project board, that I bought for one of my daughters projects at school that she didn't use. So I appropriated it for my photography experiments. Only cost 2.75 and folds up and fits behind the door nicely.

  17. I want enough light so I can use aperture priority to control depth of field without having to resort to long (1/60+) exposure times for moving objects. And a two second delayed shutter is also very helpful.

    Nice work. Shiney stuff sure looks good in the box but I also like the colors against the black in the lead (not in a light box) shot in this article. The level of the siding is perfect.


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