made a 1:4 version too! going to try one in 1:3 later if my hand/shoulder loosens up.
all I did yesterday was carry an MDF board from Daiso to the office, and BLAM. can't turn my head to the right anymore without feeling pain shoot down my shoulder and back. :( stupid old injuries. Luckily bf is always around to help me work out the knot, it'll take a good week + to heal still, so i'm taking it easy for now.
or something for your doll's bakery or party? :)
Here's what i did. there have been numerous previous attempts at building my own lightbox, which worked decently but the box was so flimsy and ugly. moreover, i still hadn't learnt the fundamentals of lighting (still working on it!!! *whines* ) and selecting good complementing backgrounds.
this is a plain storage unit/box from Daiso! hurhur!!! i've seen similar going for more at Muji, another fave Japanese store that I LOVE to visit. it's about 9" L x 5 1/2"W x 6 1/2"H. what i like is the semi translucency of the white (almost all my storage units, drawers, boxes are made of the same plastic, i heart it much!) which sort of diffuses the light, minimizing the reflection and overexposure on the subject. look at me, trying to get all fancy with photography speak (did i get it right though huh?!? :P )
as to backgrounds, i think i'll just 'wing it' and pull out random pieces from my stash of scrapbooking/construction/origami papers since i still can't imagine what goes well with what. curse this lack of visualization skills. i'll still stick with natural lighting if i can, but i think this is best for item listings.
a suggestion made by another photographer acquaintance (Thanks Zheng!) was that i place a white piece of paper on the left to bounce off the light, i'll totally do that later! can't believe i'm getting excited about this XD
for larger items, i will tack some tracing paper onto my lamps and work with it. results so far have been rather pleasing too :) (this was before i got the daiso box) the overhead lighting gives a more 'artificial lighting' feel, but it does seem to highlight the details very well (poke the picture for larger view)
I'm also doing a clearing out some of my stash/stocks/supplies, will probably make little grab bags available for cheap cos i realize only now how little space i have left, and i want to make so many more new things!!!! XD will update then. i will put in a mix of some of my older works, as well as a stash of little cupcake papers (the old 12 fold ones) that i found.....i will make it a 'blog only' sale, will update with a new post then! stay tuned!