I always want to play around with my cameras at the worst times. You know, like at night when there isn’t any light, or on rainy days. And I’ve got all these little trinkets that I enjoy looking at that I’ve never photographed. So I thought that I’d try adding another dimension to my bag by working with a lighting box. Of course, after thinking this, I went around and looked at what was out there commercially and found it both expensive and wanting. There are some products out there that are quite nice but they want a nice amount for them. There are a lot of DIY’s out there that involve laundry bags and bed sheets. But I wanted something rigid that could be easily assembled, then broken down, and stored. And cheap. That’s where I came up with the PVC idea. Off to Home Depot I went.
The first piece that I found was the PVC Pressure 90-Degree Slip x Slip Elbow with Taped Side Outlet.Great! I found my corners. I could slip some cheap two foot sections of half inch PVC into the smooth sides but I needed to either buy threaded PVC or find another adapter. That’s where the Pressure MIPT x Slip Male Adapter comes in handy. It’s cheap and gets me back to just dry fitting everything together. Eight of corner-piece A and adapter B with twelve sticks of PVC. My total price tag is $30. And I’ve managed to build a 29″x25″x25″ box.
Now I just have to find something to be the sides. I could probably get Thea to make some cloth sides but let’s look at Micheal’s for something more rigid, like a roll of paper. Rolls of paper are cheap but the sizes are off. They have twenty inch and thirty-two in cheap white paper rolls. One too small and the other too large. I don’t really want to cut and paste or tape my sides together. They have poster boards that are ten for $5 and are 28″x22″. And they are rigid enough to hang with binder clips. That gives me a cheap $35 two-foot lighting box.
Now to play around with it.