Here’s a video showing how we made our softbox, an extremely quick tutorial, showing how easy and affordable our alternative is. Here’s a list of materials used: solo cup, tin foil, double sided tape, scissors, decorative gem, elastic band
So we’ve displayed a picture with the light shining without any attachment, just the light shining directly on the mouse. As you can see, the light is very sharp, and not soft whatsoever in the picture on the left. In the picture on the right, we attached the softbox to the camera, and used it as the light source for the photograph. The lighting in this picture, is much less concentrated in one place, which is what the softbox is supposed to do. Therefore overall, even though the quality of softening may not be as high, it still does achieve the softbox effect to some extent.
So we were able to attach the string to the cup, but when we put the phone through the loop, the string is not strong enough to hold up the phone, so it is not applicable to the phone. We came up with a solution, instead of string, we cut a thick elastic band in half, because of its tensile strength, but it was too thick for the holes so we just taped its two ends heavily to the sides. This worked on both of our phones, a blackberry bold as well as an iPhone.
So we came up with two possible solutions for attaching it to the phone, but both have their pros and cons. The first idea has to do with attaching magnets to the cup, as some phones are attracted to magnets. The advantage of this is, its very simple and cheap to attach a magnet to the back of the cup, using possibly tape or super glue. The disadvantage of this idea, is the magnet may or may not damage the phone also not all phones are attracted to magnets. The second idea is to create two holes along the edges of the cup, and put a string through both holes, and tie a know on each end, so the string cannot come through the phone. The second concept is displayed in the sketch below as the first sketch is self explanatory.
In regards to the first image, the two holes on the side are for the string and the hole in the middle is for the light. The second image demonstrates the cup with the string in it.
The majority of the idea was founded on the applicability to cellphones but the question is how do you make it attachable to any phone. There are so many different shapes and sizes, so the attachment has to have a level of variability. Hopefully we find something.
Neither of us really know anything about softboxes, we are just familiar with the fact they are a media tool. So what do you do when you don’t know anything about a topic? You go to the internet, so we decided to watch a youtube video on softboxes. The main lesson learnt is the true way to distinguish between quality of softboxes, is their ability to soften shadows in pictures rather than their actual size. All credit to the channel that made this video, “The Slanted Lens”.
After exploring Dollarama, we headed to Home Hardware to scope out any potential items we could use. The trip proved to be quite helpful, and we ended up finding majority of the materials we needed.