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This seems useless in terms of practical application but its so cool!

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Building a 24″x36″ collapsable softbox for under $15!

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I’ve always wanted a softbox… and I found some tutorials online for a DIY softbox but as great as they were none of them were collapsible. I don’t have a lot of space so as much as I’d like softbox, I cant have a giant box taking up tons of space lying around. So I came up with this idea to make a collapsible one using rods (like you use to build a tent)… so the problem became finding the right material which would bend but stay straight when you released the tension. I eventually found these Reflector markers at Home Depot which were made from Fiberglass which were perfect. So I built this and bought some fabric… and bam… I have a softbox! I’ll eventually build myself a second one and I’ll take photos step-by-step and post some instructions… but this was just kind of my little experiment… so I didn’t document the steps because I honestly didn’t know what I was doing :P. But I have a materials list below, so If you want to try it… you shouldn’t have too much trouble figuring it out from my photos. And feel free to email me me@prenticew.com or leave a comment!

The rods I used:
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Materials (from Home Depot)
(2) Break Resistant Fiberglass Reinforced Rods (From Reflective Markers) – $1.98 ea.
(2) 36″ rope/string/twine
(2) 3/4″ x 8″ square wood – $0.52 ea.
(2) 3/4″ x 3′ square wood (cut off 1′ for the rear frame) – $1.56 ea.
(4) 3/16″ x 2″ Eye Bolt with Nut – $0.98 for a bag of 2
(4) 2″ screws
(1) 3/8″ x 1″ hexbolt course thread (for attaching to lightstand 5/8″ male stud) – $0.18 ea.
(1) 1/4″ x 1″ hexbolt course thread (for attaching to 2nd lightstand 5/8″ male stud) – $0.11 ea.
(1) Simpson Strong Tie – $0.68 ea.
(1) 2 yrds x 44″ white fabric from Beverly’s @ $1.97/yrd
(1) 1 yrds x 44″ black fabric from Beverly’s @ $3.99/yrd

Some Photos
(I should’ve spent more time on these photos but I am far too busy for that… these are SOC processed in LR)

Testing out the softbox.

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Before I went out and bought fabric, I used some garbage bags temporarily.

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Construction:

The Eye Bolts to hold the rods

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The strong tie/bolt to attach the umbrella mount.

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The bolt to attach the box to the umbrella mount.

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The string to hold the top and bottom of the frame together.

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More photos of the completed softbox (though I haven’t had time to sew the fabric yet so they’re just clipped on… which is fine… because I’d question my own sewing skills 😛 ):

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Test shots with the softbox:
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Softbox Only:

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Softbox + White card bounce:

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