I feel that my product photography has improved a lot lately. The reason? A few weeks ago, I made myself a light box. It was so easy & inexpensive, I had to tell you about it! This light box cost me about $2 to make, and I have supplies left over!
Have you ever wondered how other people on Etsy or on Pinterest get photos of their products or completed crafts with a perfectly white background? This is likely how they do it, with a light box. I made mine with just a box I had at my house, some white tissue paper, and a piece of white poster board. Tissue paper & poster board are both available at the dollar store.
Let me show you how to make one for yourself! I started with this box, which is 14X12X10.
Cut off the flaps, and cut square holes in the top & sides. I used my razor blade to do so, & it was pretty easy. You could use scissors as well, although that seems harder to me. Whichever you do, please be careful with this step!!
Then cover each of your openings with some white tissue paper. You can also use white fabric or light white paper. Just make sure if you use something else that you can see light through it, so it can't be very thick.
Then cut your poster board to fit inside the box. The poster board is going to wrap up the back wall, to give you that infinity look. So it'll go from the top back corner of the box, down the back, and along the floor of the box to the opening at the end.
My poster board is a little small, but I'll fix that eventually. This box has worked quite well for me thus-far. I do want to create one that's a little bigger so that when I start making some bigger handbound books for my shop I'll have a box to photograph them in as well. (You can see the link to my shop up in the upper right corner of my blog page there.)
To use the box, set it up next to a light source, like I have up in the picture above. The light comes in through the window, hits my box, and bounces around inside, to give the object light that is more even than if I just had it set next to the window with light coming directly in onto it from the window. These pictures below were all taken in my light box.
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