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Sometimes life throws hardships at you to try and trump your current successes, belittle your confidence and stop you from achieving greatness. Don’t. Let. That. Happen. Never let anyone taint your confidence and make you feel like you cannot achieve what you was set out to do. They may not understand the talents that God has given you, they will set out to stop you, label you with their bitter twisted lies.  To make things worse, those lies could come from those you love and respect the most, but you can’t let that stop you. You can’t let it break you.  It may be hard to recognise the source of the negativity at first, It may even come from your closest family members but you have to master the art of letting go. Letting go of the negativity in your life and replacing it positivity and genuine belief in yourself. Trust in your efforts, believe in the good and good things will happen for you.

You know, when I’m on my deathbed I would like to be able to smile and say that I have lived my life without regrets and taken everything I possibly could from this life. I want to be great, achieve greatness and be happy within myself ,I no longer want to be depressed or unhappy within myself. In order to achieve this, I guess you’ve just got to ‘Believe in your f*cking self.’

 

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Believe in yourself.

 

Mimi x

DIY Lightbox |Tutorial

Get creative! We have been programmed to do things the fast, easy, costly capitalist way by simply buying the things we need and don’t need. Well, how about taking some time out and having fun and letting those creative juices flow? One way to have fun and save money is to create your own equipment… I mean who needs to buy things when you could make them just as good yourself?

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Here I show you how to make an inexpensive and  impressive Lightbox for product photography. Whether you’re a online seller or interested in Macro photography, good lighting is crucial in taking a great clear shot. However being able to properly light an object to highlight it’s true attributes can often be pretty challenging. I know from first hand experience that lighting equipment could be rather expensive. Why spend hundreds of pounds on lighting equipment when all you need is some Sellotape, an empty used box, a ruler, a pencil and a razor blade or scissors. Frugality in it’s greatest form, utilizing household items.

Cost: FREE + creativity

Step 1: Choosing the right box size

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First things first, I had used an old Pampers baby wipes box as it was easy accessible (my household goes through many of these boxes). This is a fairly medium sized box, but I would recommend a larger sized box as the size of the box should be appropriate for the size of the objects to be photographed.

Step 2 : Creating the window

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Creating a window using your straight edge/ruler would introduce light into the box, so the smaller the window the less light and the larger the window the more light. Remember to cut the windows in relation to the size of your box, I had personally cut my windows an inch into the box to allow the most light coverage.

Step 3: Continuing to create the Lightbox structure

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DISCLAIMER : I had forgotten to include a base and  cut windows into all sides of the box, by doing so structure of the Light box becomes very fragile and flimsy. Always remember to leave a side for the base.

Step 4: Covering the windows

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(I had strengthened the box using masking tape, as the box was not as strong as I had anticipated)

As I had A LOT of plain white paper in my printer I experimented by using it paper in opposed to muslin cloth. This kept the  tutorial ‘housebound’ for easy access as I had used plain A4 paper for my diffuse. The white paper is excellent enough to reflect light, and penetrable enough to let light in.

I had originally created the light-box with the intentions of using natural daylight only (hence the size and the amount of windows) but any form of lighting can be used. E.g flashbulbs, photo lights, ring flashes or standard desk lamps.

Here are a few test shots showing the results of the light-box created, none of these photos have been manipulated by retouching. The light-box was placed on an open window ledge using natural daylight.

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VS Ring flash

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Mimi x

Frugality – to be or not to be?

Frugality – also known as thriftiness or good management. The practice of restraint or creativity in the acquisition of goods and services at minimum cost. Often confused with cheapness, frugality is a traditional value, lifestyle or belief system in which individuals practice both restraint in acquiring of the resourceful use of economical goods and services.