Sunday, 28 June 2015

DIY: How to make a photography lightbox

If you're like me and don't really fancy spending lots of money on a professional photography light box, make one instead!

This took me less than half an hour to make and was made from materials lying around the house. 

For this tutorial you will need:
  • A cardboard box
  • Tracing paper
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Sellotape
  • Scapel


 
First start by cutting off the excess flaps on the top and bottom of the box.


Next you will need to cut out some squares from the two side panels and the top of the box. I drew a rough square in pencil and cut it out with the scapel. 



 


Use the cardboard squares you just cut out to measure the right amount of tracing paper needed. I encorporated a border too so that it would ensure the gap was covered and there was enough room to be able to tape the sides down.




 

It should look like this once you have stuck all the tracing paper panels on.


Now you will need to add a backdrop for the lightbox. I used some thick paper I had lying around. Make sure the paper is one long piece, as you don't want to see the joining lines in your photographs!  I also cut the paper longer than the box opening because I don't want to see the table in the photos.


Lightboxes are great as they can be used with natural light and normal lamps. For the purpose of this DIY, I used my Ikea lamp as the sun was pointing in the wrong direction.




I'm so happy with how the photographs came out! Expecially since the lightbox itself didn't cost me anything and I can now take pictures whenever I need to.



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