My latest DIY project was inspired by this post on Shutterboo. I took one look at her homemade lightbox and knew I had to have one. Sure, I could go online and spend upwards of a hundred bucks or so to have an “real” lightbox but thank you recession, our disposable income is no longer quite so disposable. A cardboard box and tissue paper I already had. Goodbye counter top glare in my food photos, hello macros.
In case you now have lightbox envy, Shutterboo’s post is a perfect guide. All you need is 30 minutes (or less), a box, utility knife, ruler, tissue paper, poster board, and tape. For real. Oh, and some lights. I didn’t have any small lights that I could “borrow” from other rooms. So I spent $12 on two small, adjustable lamps at Target.
I like the results. But I may need to get a third lamp that I can shine down into the top of my rig. Or maybe I just need to try stronger bulbs to keep from getting dark shadows towards the front of the box.
For other examples of homemade lightboxes, Google “light box photography”.