August 24, 2012
Lookie what I made! It’s a light box for photography. I always struggle to find the right spot for lighting when I take pictures. Indoor pics at night seem to turn out dark and miscolored, and sometimes the daylight shots are just too bright, so I looked into light boxes. I found several pre-made ones for sale, but after reading reviews the each seemed to have some drawbacks, so I decided to save a few bucks and just make one.
I took a box, cut off the flaps on the top, and then cut out “windows” on three sides. I left about 1 1/2 inches around the edges for support. I covered the windows with white tissue paper, and then taped a piece of poster board on the inside (matte side up). I found some utility lights with clamps at my local hardware store for about $7 each, as well as some 100 watt daylight bulbs. As you can see from my picture, I just clamped these onto some chairs on either side of my box and one above the box.
It’s not the prettiest setup, but this is in my basement which is practically empty except for my workout equipment. So far it’s working great!