PROFESSIONALLY Photograph your chicks for under $2.00!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Poulets De Cajun, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I've been thinking of a way to take better pictures of my chicks, and I implemented a trick from another artform of mine. Below are the instructions to build a 'photobox' to take professional looking photographs, for just a few bucks. The materials are things that most people have around the house, and if not should only cost you a few bucks at the dollar store.

    First, get a sizeable box, and choose a color of spray paint. I used an empty paper box that reams of paper came in. Lightly colored chicks show up better on dark back grounds and vice versa, so take this into consideration when purchasing your spray paint.


    With the spray paint, cover the inside of the box on all sides. Dont forget about the creases!


    Once you have the inside of the box painted, cut a hole in one side. The hole needs to be large enough to let light through, but not so large that the light fixture can fall through. (You'll see the light fixture in subsequent pictures.)


    Once the hole is cut, take a piece of wax paper and cover the hole. Using some tape, secure the wax paper to the box. Make sure it is tight, otherwise bends and folds will create shadows when you finally take pictures.


    Once you have the wax paper secured, you are nearly done. Turn the box on it side, so that the light hole is on top. Then place your light fixture on top of the hole. I use a brooder light with a 60w light bulb. The darker the room, the better the pictures.


    Finally, turn the flash on your camera OFF, and turn your MACROS setting on. You'll need the extra fine focus for the close up shots. It will take some practice, but after a while you'll get the hang of it and will be producing shots just like these!


    (Extra hint: For even better lighting, add a light fixture and a light hole on all three sides!)
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  2. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    omg!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! beautiful!!!!
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    Thank you for sharing Poulets! That's an excellent and inexpensive setup.
  4. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Thanks! My camera never takes good pictures of chicks. one question though, do you have any problems with a light bulb melting the wax paper?

    Oh, and I'm not that knowledgeable about cameras, whats the MACROS setting?
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2009
  5. Kezzie

    Kezzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Coastal Georgia
    Those are amazing photos! Thank you so much for the detailed instructions!
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

  7. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I have not used it long enough for the light to heat the paper enough for it to burn. However, considering that the wax paper can be used to bake on, I would assume it has a very high flashpoint.

    As with anything, pay attention to what you are doing, and use caution when using the box. Happy Photographing!
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  8. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    PouletsDeCajun - you are wonderful! I've also been wanting to set up a light box, and just wasn't sure how to go about it. Your pictorial is fantastic! Thank you so much.

  9. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    The 'Macros' setting on your camera is commonly represented by the little flower symbol. It is used for ultra fine focusing of very close up objects.

    And just for reference, the photos above were taken with an inexpensive ($125) Fujifilm point and shoot digital camera. Nothing fancy at all!
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  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Gosh, that's awesome - thanks so much for sharing this trick! [​IMG]

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