Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Light Box for Better Photos!

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Ever wondered how people get such great photos with perfect lighting and clean white backgrounds? Try this super easy tutorial for making a DIY Light Box in your own home! I did it myself and its so easy!
All photos and written content are mine. This is my written and visual interpretation of an online tutorial i read several weeks ago. I hope this helps!
Cost: Approx. $5 -- Time: 25 minutes
You Will Need:
two pieces of white poster board
4 pieces of plain white paper
ruler or a straight edge
clear tape
knife or box cutter
    Tutorial: see photos for visual help
  1. Assemble all of your tools and get them ready.
  2. Cut one poster board in half and leave the other whole. You should now have 3 pieces of poster board (2 small,1 large).
  3. On two edges of your small poster boards (the ones you cut) make a 1 inch fold.
  4. Now cut a square in the middle of each small poster board making "windows". using a sharp knife. Leave enough material around the edges to retain some strength.
  5. Take the large poster board and glue it to the two smaller pieces inside of those little 1 inch ledges you folded over.
  6. Loosely tape two pieces of 8.5x11 printer paper onto the window openings of the small poster boards. This will take 4 pieces total (2 per side).
  7. Place your light box near two windows or use two light sources (like lamps, flashlights, etc) on each side of the box (one for the left, one for the right) and you're ready to go! :)
Because this box doesn't have a top it wont be great for super tall objects, but i can assure you its still very large! It can fit a regular sized laptop inside and many many small items. Plus its easy to clean! If you get this dirty just wipe it away. You can also shoot from soooo many different angles because the top AND front are open!
I really should have done this sooner. I have had this tutorial bookmarked in my browser for several weeks, all i needed to do was buy the pasteboard but i always forgot! lol Well, no more! I did not use flashlights as u can see - just my camera flash and an open window. I got a lot of compliments on my photos before but that was thanks to my awesome Nikon Coolpix L110 camera and now they'll be even more amazing! Also - *Price of $5 is under the assumption you only need the poster board and already have the other items at your home. My posterboard was $1.50 each.
Please let me know if this helped you or you have comments, suggestions, questions, etc. I hope my instructions were clear.
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  1. Amazing post, thank you so much for this tutorial! I have attempted to do a light box in the past but it didn't really work...

  2. Cool! I'm gonna try it out.. I hate having to take soo many re-shots of one item! Thanks!

  3. Thankyou for sharing I will try this out =)