Thursday, August 5, 2010

Step 1: Cut a Hole in the Box

I finished up my light box. It's smaller than the one in the tutorial, and I spent a little more on the Bristol board than I expected, but that was the only thing I had to buy - my wife scrounged up the box from her work and the cloth on the side is from an old white t-shirt. I tested it out last night with some Lizardmen and it works great.

So finally, here's my finished cold-one riders. Comparing this picture to one below of the Saurus hero and Bretonnian Knight, you can really tell the difference the light box makes. That first pic was taken just using a piece of paper for a back drop and a few lights (a desk lamp and ceiling lamp) in front of an open window at mid-day and it doesn't compare to the awesomeness and quality that said light-box produces. Now, I don't know jack about photography, but I'd say the proof here is in the proverbially pudding. I would note that I didn't go out and get a day-light bulb - I'll pick one up the next time I swing by Home Depot - this was shot with a regular 60 watt incandescent. More thoughts on painting the lizards later


  1. yet further evidence that I need to get off my duff and make a damn lightbox. good looking coldones made better with an ace picture.

  2. Thanks. I took the pictures using an ordinary inexpensive Nikon camera, too - so the box seems to do most of the work. Building it isn't that hard, as long as you're willing to sacrifice a white t-shirt to the endeavor.

  3. Sick cold ones! Hope to see some battle reports here soon.

    Oh and did you put your junk in that box? (immature SNL reference for the win!)

  4. NIGEL!? What has happened to him!?

    Also, I cannot believe what the light box does for pictures, AMAZING! Good work sir.

    One more thing, I want to be your opponent on your first battle report. I will slay your lizard folk my friend.

  5. @ Tyler: step 2, put your 1-inch-warriors in the box...

    @ Justin: it's on like Donkey-Kong, son

  6. I'm glad I found this. My blog photography is desperate for some improvements.