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Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIY Tutorial: Lightbox

I spent yesterday afternoon building my own lightbox!  I've gotten so tired of laying white towels or pillowcases down on the floor for a clean background, so I finally gave in and went materials shopping.  :)  I thought there might be someone out there in my position as well, so I created this tutorial for you!

Here's what you'll need:
1. //  A few large pieces of foamcore.  I bought two from Staples and used a few other scrap pieces lying around my garage.
2. //  Three (two, at the very least) clamp lamps.  I got these two from my local hardware shop; clamp lamps are ideal because you can attach them to any side of your lightbox.  I used my desk lamp as light #3.
3. //  Bulbs.  I used CFL's, because they're known to put off more of a white light than regular bulbs, which are often yellowish.  Not to mention they save so much electricity!
4. //  A boxcutter.
5. //  White masking tape.
6. //  A ruler and/or measuring tape.
7. //  A pencil of course!

Cut your foamcore pieces to your desired size.  I cut the back piece into a 2' x 2' square, and the sides into 2' x 2.5' rectangles.  For the top I lay a piece of white poster board over the three sides, and lay my second piece of foamcore underneath, as the bottom.  Lastly, tape a few pieces of printer paper against the back piece, to create a background with no hard edges or shadows.  You can see what I mean in the pictures.  I also included some of my favorite shots from my Etsy product shoot last night.  Hope you enjoyed this!  xx

P.S.  If you're interested in buying one of the coffee cozies pictured, you can find them here!

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  1. these photos turned out fantastic, woman!! :D i need to try to make one of these lightboxes if i want to sell more stuff on etsy... the problem is, it would need to be a lot bigger to fit clothing!

  2. Stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed this post!! New Follower via email :-)


  3. The photos look amazing! I've been thinking about getting/making a light box to photograph my earrings. But it hasn't gone much farther than thinking at this point, haha

  4. Wonderful idea, and such a help for photographing my jewelry. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for this tutorial-the pics are really outstanding-going to try this myself!


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