Diffusion Fabric Question
Building some DIY light boxes. (starting with one "big" one). Which of the "white" products at the local fabric store seem to do the best job as a diffuser? It'll be a combination of PVC pipe and the white foam board for the back.
Shopping around, they have some poly, white "stiffener" products, more of a mat like material, and lots of nylon looking products.
You might look at the plastic rod and fittings used to make kites, much lighter but with very good rigidity. I've seen white translucent polyester cloth in many stores that's very similar to the material used commercially.
Somewhere I have a 20 year old article on making a DIY diffuser and that used then kite parts, they aren't expensive.
Take a look at this video. The bloke has an interesting accent to a Yank.
Silk is a good bet, I like some of the rayon materials, one thing to remember is if you shoot color, the color of the fabric will have a balance effect on your output. Even over time the fabric color changes and may yellow.
I have used a rubber backed fabric for the outer cases and an inner baffle of silk helps to further diffuse the light source.
For what it's worth.
There was a good thread on a black thin product folks were using as one layer on diy bellows, I'll go look it up again. I wonder what makes silk the good product? I do have a very nice small umbrella or two of silk from the old days, I'd forgotten all about them.
And kite parts,,, what a great idea! I was thinking about my tent poles with bungie cords internal,,, but they're not giving them away for anything like what I was willing to spend.
So, the inner baffle, at the outside front of the light box, there's a panel of silk,,, then a foot or so inside, there is another panel of silk making a chamber? That makes sense, and I like the roll it up feature with a fabric build rather than the foam art board.
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look up 'Dean Collins Tinker Tube' - I have a pdf but it is 3.5mb, so a bit big to post here. All sorts of good ideas to get yiu started in that document.
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Fun video,,, wonder what the color temp of on of those quartz work lights is?
Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac
TinkerTube it is. I've been using PVC pipe as an orchardist since I was a kid. Keep glue and primer in little six packs on the shelf, and I'll bet I've got 30 lbs of fittings and 2 or 300 feet of 1/2 thru 1 1/2 left overs.
Originally Posted by Mike Wilde
PVC stand for my RC plane at the flying field, the stuff seems to show up everywhere.
So,,, why, with every new PVC pipe project does my stash of left overs just keep getting bigger, instead of shrinking??? Kind of like screws nuts and bolts I guess
Originally Posted by Grif
Heavily sedated for your protection.
Well,,, so there, then. I think I've even got the filters for daylight film.
Originally Posted by John Koehrer
Does the new color negative film really need to be filtered to get good results from 3200 light? Seems like I've read it does ok without any help.