Translucent Lightbox Imagery

*** myPhotoWalk — Photo Tech Talk ***

Several weeks ago I got a new piece of equipment for my macro flower photography — a 32 inch LED Tracing Light Box by LitEnergy.

I first learned about this kind of photography from Harold Davis, a professional photographer who has written a book, Photographing Flowers. He covers many different ways of photographing flowers including the use of a light box to bring a special artistic appearance to flowers.

So I bought some Alstroemerias and decided to begin my journey of learning this new kind of photography.

I discovered immediately that I could only do it with a tripod because of the need for exacting exposure and shutter speed combined with a smaller aperture. I used my Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens for my first shots on the light box. At first I tried a wide open aperture, f5.6, and I saw immediately that it would not work. Too much blur especially with the 200mm lens. I ended up choosing this particular shot (Flowers Dancing On The Light) at f8 aperture with the focus point on the flower in the middle. However, because of the focal length of my lens, some of the other flowers are more blurred. It gives an artistic effect, but in the future I will really stop down the lens to f22 or more.

I love the dance of the flowers on the light box. There are so many options in post-processing this image. I tried all kinds of textures and vintage effects. Ultimately, for this post I chose to leave the background white to really show off the flowers and the actual light box. I have discovered in subsequent shots and processing that the texture effects really add a beauty to these flowers. Also, I like to add a mild opacity of painting filter from Topaz Impression.

I like the macro lens for use in this kind of imagery, but the Micro-Nikkor 200mm is too long in focal length for it. As Harold Davis wrote to me in an email, the length of 200mm almost requires you shooting from the ceiling to get the whole shot. So now I’m going to look into shorter Micro-Nikkor lenses in the future.

An added joy in learning this new kind of flower photography is that my friend Lynn, a photographer in Texas, has the same light box and is also learning and experimenting. We have had so much fun sharing our discoveries and learning from each other. She loves it as much as I do.

So if you love shooting flowers and would like to try something new as a photographic artist, I encourage you to get a light box and try Translucent Lightbox Imagery.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

The wilderness and desert will be glad.
Isaiah 35:1

myPhotoWalk Technical

  • Title: Flowers Dancing On The Light
  • Description: An array of Alstroemerias with translucent lightbox imagery in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 06/27/16
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Micro-Nikkor 200mm, FL 200mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/11sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, California, USA..
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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