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Old 05-09-2018, 06:50 PM
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Photo Booth or Cube

Is anyone using a photo cube for their online images? Lots of choices available just on Amazon. I'd like to keep it simple and have a light included in the package, but let me know what is working for you.

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Old 05-10-2018, 06:41 AM
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i use a cube. it works great! That said, i needed it at my old studio because i was taking shots of my work in a room with a lot of windows and reflections. if you have a room with no windows, i don't think its needed. It also makes shooting larger work like platters difficult.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:58 AM
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There is a u-tube video that shows how to make your own from cutting out a cardboard box and affixing tissue paper in the cutouts or cloth. I made one in about an hour and it has been working well for me . Good halogen spotlights can be put on photo stands and work well. lighting from both sides, front or on top.
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I did the same thing Tom mentioned. I used foam core because it's what I had available.

My only problem now is I don't have a good camera to shoot with.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:38 AM
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I did the same thing Tom mentioned. I used foam core because it's what I had available.

My only problem now is I don't have a good camera to shoot with.
My iPhone works awesome.
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My iPhone works awesome.
Which model do you have, Eben? I have a 6s. It's better than my 5s, but I know the cameras have been improving in quality exponentially in the last couple of years.
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The cubes on Amazon are only $20-40 so I'll give one a shot. I was hoping there was a go-to model known to work well for glass. Seems like lighting would be the key.
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My iPhone works awesome.
They don't work so well if you have a tall piece....
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:29 PM
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They don't work so well if you have a tall piece....
That is true
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I used to have large rolls of seamless paper in different colors and greys that I would pull out off a reel outside on the north side of my studio and it worked very well for most shots using the north light and never had any shadows. cloudy days were really the best.
For really good shots, a professional studio photographer was the best.
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Steuben used to shoot all of their pieces outside in direct light. I did what Tom describes using a photo backdrop. When I actually wanted a a high quality photo to sell the piece or go in a national magazine, I hired a professional photographer. They were all shot in a 4x5 format.
Dale postulated that a photo of your work was more important than the actual work because more people would see the photo than would ever see the piece. That was kind of before photoshopping was so popular. I hated the idea.
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Mark, You have a lot of great looking listings on Artful Home. Did you go with a pro?
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Mark, You have a lot of great looking listings on Artful Home. Did you go with a pro?
Thanks....It's a mix.... I shoot in an unconventional cube.... black 3' cube with gradient gray background. I use my phone for smaller pieces, regular camera for larger pieces. I have my son use photoshop to take out any weird reflections. I used to use a pro, but have not since my son became more proficient with PS.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:59 AM
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Thanks, Mark. That's very helpful. I love PS but have been using a free version for windows...not nearly as good. I may spend the profession photo money on new software.

I was looking at the white cubes but will see if I can find black.

Can you tell me anything about your lighting?
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:33 AM
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The black cube has white panels that you can cover or uncover to control your lighting. I have a light on each side and one on the top. I can turn them on or adjust the light inside the booth as needed. I shoot long and then crop it down.
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Dale postulated that a photo of your work was more important than the actual work because more people would see the photo than would ever see the piece. That was kind of before photoshopping was so popular. I hated the idea.
Not just photos.

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Jeez... Maybe Tweets will be forthcoming. He did paint shoes a lot for small change.
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The Library of Congress is archiving tweets... So yeah
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The Library of Congress is archiving tweets... So yeah
They changed their mind. (Cheeto probably put them over the limit. )

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...ve-every-tweet
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well, worthwhile tweets then....
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I was at the Seattle Art Museum today and offered them all my faxes (and a pumpkin!) in exchange for this $110.5 million Basquiat. They passed on my offer. Can you believe it!?
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and the winner is...

I chose this one as the reviews were great and it's a little more $$ but not too much. It has a model with more lights but I decided to save some cash. LED light strips are pretty easy to come by if I want to upgrade on my own. Hopefully I'll be showing off some photos soon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XQ4L3D4...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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