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Old 12-08-2010, 02:50 PM
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Anyone have a good, simple lightbox idea for photographing flies? What do you use. Details, plans, photos, and/or sources would be appreciated.

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Kelly,

Some of our members will soon post to this as I know they use them. Myself I have not went to this extent to photograph a fly but I've seen some very good results from those who have. Being the primitive sort I use a 40 watt spot bulb in my tying lamp and when ready to snap a picture I simply focus the light on the subject. The use of a neutral background for white balance control is important. Once I figured it out it became pretty simple, shutter at 15 or 20 depending on the fly and aperture at f16+ and you get a clear shot. The flies in the Flies for AK. Salmon & Steelhead thread were all done this way.
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have a look here:Flies from Across the Pond and search Tob's threads and posts you should find good infoshope it can help.
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Hi Kelly,

I think a light box can give you some outstanding results with practice and a good 1:1 Macro lens. Below is a picture of one I have on my wish list at Amazon for $100. This set comes with two lights. There are other sets with a third light over the top. I think for taking pictures of flies that a two light setup is all you need. You will also need a good tripod but I get by with a cheap one.

You can build your own light box. I have a friend that made a frame from plastic pipe and covered it with a gauze like cloth. You can buy the lights separately from camera shops. Just don't get ones that don't have enough light output. Lights in some of the cheaper light box kits don't light the subject enough. You need a dark background of the color you prefer. You also need the colored background to be perfectly flat for the best results. Mounting a piece of construction paper on a piece of plywood would be my choice.

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Light Box / Light Tent Photo Gallery by Bill Huber at pbase.com

This is probably the best one I found? Simple and inexpensive.
Here's a few shots I've taken using these plans.
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Incredible shots Mojo!
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Last winter I saw a tutorial somewhere on making a lightbox for fly photography out of a quart size bleach bottle.
Doesn't sound too exciting, but it looked to me to be perfect for the job

I'll see if I can find it.......Midcurrent maybe
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Thanks, everyone! So far some great information. Mojo, thanks for wading in, that info looks very doable to me and I'm taking a serious look at that plan.

Any others, please keep them coming.

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I've seen some made out of card board boxes, shoe boxes and such and the inside covered with felt.
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Really simple, does not give pics as good as some you have seen, but made it out of an old cardboard box.

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