Paper Bag Pumpkin Luminaries

Paper Bag Pumpkin Luminaries

When I came across this tutorial by Smile Mercantile for making pumpkin luminaries out of paper bags, I knew that I wanted to give it a try. The tutorial was very thorough and easy to follow. The project seemed simple enough. I had all of the supplies on hand. And I loved that the pumpkins are generic enough that I could use them for Halloween and for Thanksgiving! I was ready to get started! I pulled out my supplies, got to work and in a short time, I had two pumpkins ready to go. The process itself was as easy as it looks in the tutorial. The shaping of the pumpkins was the tricky part. I'm not sure that I got the pumpkins exactly how I wanted them to be (which of course is exactly like the ones in the tutorial) but they are good enough and will add a nice touch to my fall decorations.

I can't do a project without taking a picture in my SHOTBOX but I wondered how the pumpkin luminaries would photograph under the bright lights? Would you even be able to tell that the pumpkins were illuminated? Would you be able to see all of the pin prick holes that I poked in the bags? Would the SHOTBOX work on this kind of a project? It didn't take me long to find out.

Pumpkin Luminaries Under 3 Different Lighting Settings

I decided that this was the perfect project to play around with the SHOTBOX's lighting settings. I took multiple pictures at various stages of dimmness/brightness but the changes were so subtle from one picture to the next that I chose to show the three pictures that allow you to noticably see the differences. I started out by photographing the Pumpkin Luminaries on the dimmest light setting. In that lighting, it is obvious that the pumpkins are lit from within but you don't see much color or texture from the Spanish Moss. The medium lighting still shows that the pumpkins are illuminated but you are able to see more texture in the moss at the base of the pumpkins as well as more color. The brightest light setting shows the most color and detail in the moss but the lighting inside of the pumpkins is not as noticable. So based on my experiment, I prefer the medium lighting to show off my Pumpkin Luminaries and that is the picture that I used at the top of this post.

Pumpkin Luminaries Lit with Spot Lights

One other lighting option is to turn off the SHOTBOX lights and use a flashlight or small spot light as your lighting source. In the above picture, the small spot light is being shone from the front, left side of the SHOTBOX but you could also try shining it from above, from the right, from the bottom or even multiple lights from multiple directions. So many options! I can't decide which one I like best! The great thing is that each picture shows off my project in a different light and every one of them looks great so it is just a matter of personal preference! I enjoyed making this fun fall project and I always enjoy being able to show off my creations with the help of my SHOTBOX!

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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone.

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My name is Jodie and I am a wife and mother of four. I love to bake, craft, travel, exercise, hike and explore new things. I'm excited to use the SHOTBOX to highlight my creations and to show you how this simple tool can bring light and life to your passions too.

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