Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Make a Photo Light Box

Thank you Melanie of Violet's Buds for this ongoing series on Photography.

A light box is a handy tool for photographing small to medium sized products. The translucent material creates a soft, flattering light.

Not everyone can purchase a light box, but luckily its easy to make your own!


Get a box large enough to fit your products. Don't have a box? You can do what we did and use 5 panels to make your own box. We used corrugated plastic signs that were being discarded for our panels, but you could use cardboard, plastic board, or foam core, for example.


Cut off the top of the box completely. Then cut large rectangles in 3 of the side panels of your box, 1" shy of the edges.

Now, cover these 3 windows with gift wrap tissue paper, taping it down to the edges of the box. If necessary, piece your tissue paper together with clear packing tape so it will fit the openings.

Cut a piece of poster board the width of your box, and place it in the box so that it curves inside the box. This creates the seamless effect for photos.


Now, place your box in as much light as possible. It works in sunlight or bright indoor lights, but you may have to adjust the white balance on your camera if you photograph with indoor lights.

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