I had some fun playing around with a lightbox for the first time today. I didn't have anything I wanted to take a picture of, but I enjoyed moving lights around and fiddling with camera settings anyway. Here's a clock that had some crazy reflective surfaces:
And a shot with a black background (that I needed to crank down some in Photoshop anyway):
I've been wanting to try out this type of lighting ever since I read an article about building your own box on Strobist: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio
. I didn't build this lightbox myself, but it's the same basic idea.
The best part is that objects don't move. So I could put the camera on manual, close the aperture, and set a long shutter speed. I spend 90% of my camera time taking pictures of a high-speed toddler in low light. This was a nice change of photographic pace. And if I ever decide to sell something on eBay I'll be set for pictures if it fits in the box.