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I still haven't had a chance to figure out how to build my light-tent in a way that suits my photo-shooting style. So in the interim, I rolled up two sheets of mylar and draped them over the horizontal light arms. It's great for diffusing light. But, although it reduces the "hot spots" reflecting off the model, it does result in more reflection off my reflective black background. :confused
 

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vegasracer said:
That's EXACTLY how you do it, Felix! Nothing ghetto about that! Who sez you have to spend a fortune in order to get the results you want? WTG!
Thanks for all your comments guys!

VR: What I really need to do (in hindsight) is to spread the mylar rolls so that it's got a bigger base. As you already know, the bigger the surface, the less hot spots there will be. What I think I might do next is find a metal coat hangar and make a big hoop out of it. I'll then tape the mylar over it so that it looks like the surface of a snare drum. All I need to do after that is figure out how to mount it to the light arm. As the light "head" can be turned, I obviously want the mylar "screen" to turn with it. I'll post pics when I have something built.

Ronan: The alternative to mylar is vellum. There are different thicknesses to that. Ultimately, it comes down to how transparent (or transluscent) you want your light diffuseing screen to be. I have a dimmer switch for my light so I've got some flexibility in how thin of a material I can use.

BTW, I bought the mylar at an arts supply store.
 

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allanmodel said:
Any pic to see :confused

Nice setup :nicejob
Here are two I took with the "diffuser". Without it, the yellow doesn't comes out nearly as well. The diffuser works reasonably well here as you can clearly see the contours of the side body panels. Without the diffuser, the white side would "wash out" where you wouldn't be able to see those contours.

I've found in the past that white and yellow cars to be challenging to photograph without a light diffuser.



Notice on the picture below that there's a big light source reflecting off the left rear window section. That's my diffuser as it's pretty big. It will take me some practice to learn how to reposition that light arm to eliminate that problem.
 

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StygianMax said:
vegasracer said:
That's EXACTLY how you do it, Felix! Nothing ghetto about that! Who sez you have to spend a fortune in order to get the results you want? WTG!
Thanks for all your comments guys!

VR: What I really need to do (in hindsight) is to spread the mylar rolls so that it's got a bigger base. As you already know, the bigger the surface, the less hot spots there will be. What I think I might do next is find a metal coat hangar and make a big hoop out of it. I'll then tape the mylar over it so that it looks like the surface of a snare drum. All I need to do after that is figure out how to mount it to the light arm. As the light "head" can be turned, I obviously want the mylar "screen" to turn with it. I'll post pics when I have something built.

Ronan: The alternative to mylar is vellum. There are different thicknesses to that. Ultimately, it comes down to how transparent (or transluscent) you want your light diffuseing screen to be. I have a dimmer switch for my light so I've got some flexibility in how thin of a material I can use.

BTW, I bought the mylar at an arts supply store.
Thanks SM! I must check out my local hobby supply shop to see what they have. :cheers
 

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StygianMax said:
allanmodel said:
Any pic to see :confused

Nice setup :nicejob
Here are two I took with the "diffuser". Without it, the yellow doesn't comes out nearly as well. The diffuser works reasonably well here as you can clearly see the contours of the side body panels. Without the diffuser, the white side would "wash out" where you wouldn't be able to see those contours.

I've found in the past that white and yellow cars to be challenging to photograph without a light diffuser.



Notice on the picture below that there's a big light source reflecting off the left rear window section. That's my diffuser as it's pretty big. It will take me some practice to learn how to reposition that light arm to eliminate that problem.
That looks beautiful...SM :nicejob :cheers
 
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Felix, your results speak for themselves. Lacking the time to experiment myself, I'm glad we have you paving the way for us. :happy
 

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Great idea. I've been trying to figure out how to make a light tent myself but don't think the average type will work well with my photo preferences. Your hoop idea makes me think of something else though. What about using a knitting hoop in whatever size you want? You can change material in it, and find something to mount it to so it can be moved around and placed where they are needed. I think those hoops get pretty big too. I think I'll make a trip to Micheals this weekend.
 
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