Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Light-Box Adventures

DSC06285Upon realizing I forgot my sneakers at home, which meant I wouldn’t be going to the gym as planned, I decided to finally make the light-box I was hoping to make over my vacation. I won’t show you what it looks like yet because it isn’t pretty… and it’s not quite finished. As in, I need to make some improvements before it will be a complete success… but so far, not so bad!


These pictures are taken using one lamp with a soft white bulb filtered through white tissue paper. I need to get a couple of additional lamps and some indoor light bulbs but the difference is already noticeable.

DSC06288 My first subject?

Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Chili (serves 4-6)

Into my crock-pot went:

  • 3 small Sweet Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Fire-Roasted Tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen Tri-Colored peppers
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, sliced
  • 2 Jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • Dash of salt

I turned the crock-pot on low and left going for about 7 hours. I reheated (from refrigerator) to eat the next day by simmering on the stove for about 5 minutes.

Top with Greek yogurt (or sour cream), cheese (if desired) and pair with corn-bread (with Goat Cheese and Jalapenos if that’s your thing!).


  1. Slow cookers are the best! I have been reading a little about lightboxes, but I really need to sit down, make a list, and figure out how to make one properly. I would love to have better food photos!

  2. oh how interesting! i was into photography for awhile. i like taking all my blog pix on the weekends during the day because the light is just sooo much better. summers good too. now when i get home to cook & take pix its dark already. boo.ugh i hate when my food pix aren't beautiful! lol
    p.s. teen mom re-runs are my guiltiest pleasure lol

  3. I am planning on a light box and actually bought an IKEA hamper that I've read makes an excellent one. I just have to get some high-powered lighting now and test it out!

  4. Oh, and the chili looks great!