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Old 05-22-2009, 09:00 PM
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Default FINALLY made a light box.

And I mainly made one because I wanted to get shots of my geckos for when I start breeding and selling the geckos.

Funny thing is...I got a clear sterilite container, white and black poster board, went and bought special bulbs used for photography and the lamps to put them in.
Got it ALL set up and decided to get Pablo, my most laid back gecko.

Then I watched my gecko frantically hide in the props.
That's when it occurred to me: Maybe my NOCTURNAL geckos don't appreciate having 3 BRIGHT bulbs shining in their faces.

So I was frustrated, trying to figure out how I can photograph my geckos in my light box without causing them a TON of stress.

Then I read online how another gecko owner gets shot of his geckos.
He uses white laminate (well I have poster board, so that should work), and...and external flash bounced off the ceiling.
An external flash????
Why I've got one of those (actually I have two)!!!

So, with my hopes not up TOO high, I slapped my SB600 with my lumiquest soft box attached onto my camera.
Walked into my dark living room (ONLY light going into the room was whatever tiny amount was creeping in from the kitchen).
And I pointed my flash head up towards the ceiling.
After minor PP work (mainly some adjustment in curves), this is what I got:

Pablo on his leaf:

"I get u, camera-lady!"

Crackity Jones:

Hunky Dory:



Svetlana (gargoyle gecko):

***one more***
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:03 PM
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:21 PM
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wow--how many do you have now? Such beautiful pics--really fabulous!
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:32 PM
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What fantastic shots! How could anyone NOT fall head over heals in love with those little creatures. Look at their little upturned fingers....OMG, they're something else..

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Old 05-22-2009, 10:40 PM
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Great pics for sure! I want dibs if/when you start breeding them lol
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:48 PM
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*WOW*!! Those pics are AMAZING!
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:52 PM
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These are some of the best reptile photos I've seen done. Beautiful work!

How did you go about making the light-box? I've got 5 snakes and a frog just itching to be photographed in a similar fashion
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:07 PM
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OMG! Awesome!! The white background photos are awesome, but I really like that black background too. I love them both. D=

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Old 05-22-2009, 11:29 PM
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:12 AM
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Thanks, guys!

I have 6 rhacodactylus geckos (4 crested geckos, 1 chahoua, and 1 gargoyle gecko) and 7 leopard geckos, and 10 leopard gecko eggs incubating.
And I am currently trying to breed 2 more of my leopard geckos, and I'm REALLY hoping I get some eggs.

Here is a pic of my light box. I DO NOT have the two lamps on there anymore. I simply have one lamp clipped on the bottom, but I only use it to clip the poster board in place. I do not use the lamp light at all. I place the gecko in the light box, in the dark room, and I use my SB600 flash bounced upwards.
I do very minor post processing in gimp in curves just to lighten the background some. I also added contrast to a couple of them.
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