DIY photo light box

When you work days like I do

in a gray city like where I live

having lots of light for photos can be hard to come by.

This weekend I tuned a cardboard box into a mini light studio perfect for photographing shop items.

You'll need:
- a box
- box cutter or sharp knife
- white paper
- white tissue
- glue, tape

Turn the box toward you and mark the two sides and top where you will cut.

Carefully cut three windows on two sides and the top, leaving a one-inch frame around each "window." Don't worry about cutting straight.

 On the inside of the box, glue paper on the back and bottom.
Cut a section of tissue paper large enough to cover each window opening and tape it to the outside fo the box. Depending on your preference, you may want to use two layers of tissue.
Take a large piece of white paper. The piece should be in the shape of a rectangle, with the width being the same as a side of the box, but the length being twice as long.

 Insert the paper, curving it from the back out, not creasing the paper. This will create an edgeless look for the background of your shots.

You can place several lights on the direct outside of the box -- the tissue will diffuse the light giving the box a soft white glow and great background for product shots.

Do you have any photo tips?
xo, erika


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