With the frame completed, I took the white bed sheet and draped it over the light box. I attached the three clamp lamps on the left and right side as well as the top. This should give it an even amount of light. Since the three fluorescent bulbs use far less wattage than normal bulbs, heat doesn't pose much of an issue. The bulbs are just very warm to the touch.
I used my Sony Cybershot 5.1MP camera mounted on a tripod to take all the following pictures. A tripod will be necessary, unless you have extremely steady hands, you will risk blurring of your pictures.
Note, I took these images without really playing with the white balance. The EV was set to .3 and .7. You will notice the weaker bulb is giving off a yellow tint to everything even at these settings. No flash was used.
Here's a shot of my Treo 650.
Some Kingston DDR.
A ceramic cow bobble head.
With some auto leveling through Photoshop, these pictures can turn out decent. However, we'll try to avoid that. I picked up a few 5000K bulbs.
Take a look above at the light box and then take a look at this next picture.
See the difference?
With the upgraded lights, here's what came out.
As you can see, the images are brighter and crisper. These images are right out of the camera without any retouching. I'm far from a photography expert, nor do I claim to be one. I just wanted more even light on my subjects when writing artciles for this site. With a bit more tweaking with my camera settings, the images should turn out even better.
Let me know if decide to build one. Head on over to the forums and post up your images!