Sep 12, 2012

DIY: thrifty lightbox

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : strange looks from family and friends when they see your ghetto set-up
would i do it again? : most definitely, even if i had money to blow on the real thing

i previously made a lightbox that was this same basic set-up, but i used white tissue paper instead of white linen to cover the top and sides. the bad thing about tissue paper is it tears verrry easily...so of course, the lightbox was damaged beyond repair during our move. i've been so busy doing other projects that it's taken me nearly five months to make a replacement.

here's what you need!
also needed: a pencil, scissors, and a blade

i followed the instructions posted by jeffrey bail at {digital photography school}:

1. using your ruler, measure out a 2" border on the four side panels of the box
       - you do not need to mark the top or bottom of the box
       - honestly, i just approximated. it doesn't need to be exact

2. cut out the large rectangle formed in the middle of each panel

3. cut out the top of the box

4. cut up one sheet of your posterboard into 2" strips and glue them to the inside skeleton frame of the box

5. holding your posterboard even with the top of the box, let it uncurl into the box. one of your window panels will be covered up by the posterboard.

6. cover the windows on either side of the posterboard with white linen - tape onto the box, but don't let any tape show through a window because it may produce unwanted shadows when you start shooting

7. cover the top of the box with white linen as well

8. aim your light through the top of the box and...

you're ready to take pictures from the remaining open window in the box!

with your new thrifty lightbox,
these are the kinds of product shots you can get:
much thanks to my model, lucy moosey!

* mari
nope, you're not going crazy.
this post was reformatted in september 2013.


  1. Great project! Thanks for sharing!

  2. thank you, florencia! i'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


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