Photographing Flowers on a Lightbox

Posted by Rochelle
December 12, 2016 | Art

This time of year there are lots of packages arriving by mail. When a package arrives, everyone is either trying to squirrel it away before being seen or they are trying to catch a glimpse of what someone else is hiding. We are ridiculous about this.

A couple days ago a box arrived when I was home alone. It wasn’t addressed to me, and I swear I wasn’t purposefully snooping. I swear.  But it wasn’t double boxed and it was obviously a light box (Big label on the side gave it away).  I know it is meant for me… but regardless, I’m playing cool.  Like I don’t know.

BUT… I am sooo excited about this and I can’t wait to try out some new photography!

Light Box Flower Photography by Ngoc Minh No

Did you read the story about how to hack an old printer into a lightbox in the last issue of P+V?

It was completely inspired by these shots by Ngoc Minh Ngo.  I think they are magical and I want to experiment with creating some of my own.
Light Box Flower Photography by Ngoc Minh No

Playing with backlight – achieved in a variety of ways, but most commonly by placing plants and flowers on an actual light box in order to illuminate them and create a transparency effect – is about to be my newest side hobby.

Artist Harold Davis has some tips for shooting plants and flowers on a lightbox box and then transforming the images through some post-processing into something magical.  It sounds a little complicated according to his directions and I am hoping it isn’t as tricky as it sounds.  Otherwise I am on my own to experiment and figure out a technique that creates something I am happy with.  I’ll share if I can.

Have you tried photographing transparent items like this?  I’d love to hear your tips if you have any…. after Christmas, of course.
Light Box Flower Photography by Ngoc Minh NoLight Box Flower Photography by Ngoc Minh NoImages by Ngoc Minh Ngo

 

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