Help On Using A Light Box?

posted March 15th, 2012


You know those "Apple/Ipod" shots? I tried recreating it today for the green theme using my light box but shot after shot the apple looks more yellow than green, and the background has the same yellow tint. I've heard about adjusting for tungsten.. but I'm not sure what that actually means?

I used three utility lamps (soft white 100 watt bulbs) placed above, and on both sides of the light box..?

Any advice whatsoever would really help, thanks all :)
posted March 15th, 2012
I think you should send this pic to Apple and get them to put it in their ads.
Brilliant!! Sorry I don't know about light boxes.
posted March 15th, 2012
what do you use to edit your photos? you need some white balance adjustment, and if all else fails, you can fix it in post-process.

The opposite of yellow on the white balance temperature scale is blue, so you would want to increase the blue levels in your photo until the yellows even out. Check out this link, it has a very good visual:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/white-balance-examples.htm
posted March 15th, 2012
Stephanie, I really like your idea! I pulled your image into Lightroom and tweaked exposure, contrast and temp (you want to move temp toward blue to get good whites). I imagine this is closer to what you were looking for:

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/11of1.jpg

I don't remember the specifics for your rebel, but there should be a menu option or button to change your white balance. You probably keep it on Auto, but you should switch it to "Incandescent" (should be a light-bulb looking icon). Tungsten is for those long lightbulbs I believe. I'd say dig in and fiddle around with your settings and you should be most of the way there!
posted March 15th, 2012
@attraversi Did you shoot this in raw? If so a white balance adjust would be easy.
posted March 15th, 2012


@sdpace I took it into picnik and adjusted the blue levels like you said. And ta-da... :) Much thanks Stacy! And thank you for the link. I'll definitely be reading up on white balance now.

@grizzlysghost Thanks Aaron! Yep that's what I was going for. I completely forgot about changing my white balance in camera! I'm used to doing it on a p&s but since I upgraded (just yesterday!) I completely forgot. I'm probably going to do a re-shoot later this week, I'll remember to switch it to incandescent. Thanks again!

@bradleynovak I didn't shoot it in raw. How would I adjust the white balance if I did? (I've never shot in raw before, just upgraded from a p&s literally a day ago..)

@sailingmusic Thanks so much Myrna, I wish I could take the credit for the idea, isn't mine! But your comment still made my day :) :)
posted March 15th, 2012
@attraversi Well done! Glad to be of some help :)
posted March 15th, 2012
@attraversi If you shoot in RAW you can adjust the white balance in post without acutally changing the image. If you do it on a JPG it will change the image itself and reduce the quality of the image.
posted March 15th, 2012
@agima Thanks for explaining that Brendan, I've never been sure of the difference myself.
posted March 15th, 2012
@agima I agree with Brendan, shooting RAW just makes everything easier when processing and you can retain the image quality!
posted March 15th, 2012
It's very easy to adjust the white balance in your camera too. Stick it in one of the manual modes, while looking at the home screen press "set", then use the arrows until you highlight "auto" (which is what the white balance will probably be set to before you change it) and press "set" again to bring up the options, then highlight the one you need. There will be little visuals of sun, shade, cloud, tungsten etc but it does have labels to tell you which it is. Sorry if this isn't entirely accurate - just woken up and I don't have my camera handy.
posted March 15th, 2012
@agima Sounds awesome. Thanks Brendan. Will I need software to process RAW photos? I've never seen an option for it on the free programs I use.

@cally I found it, thanks Cally!
posted March 15th, 2012
@attraversi You will find most photo processing application will do it. I use lightroom for this type of work but I do believe there are free applications out there.
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