Friday, October 22, 2010

DIY light box

Most of us have probably figured out that when photographing our work, using natural light is the simplest way to achieve the best exposure. But sometimes, available light simply isn't available, especially as the days grow shorter (and cloudier).

In the case of cloudy days or late nights, a back-up option is a good thing to have. Suggested solution: a light box. Sure, they're available for sale and chances are that for a decent kit, you'll pay at least 50 bucks. So why not build your own? For about 20 bucks (tops) you can easily make one and here's all you need:

1 big plastic storage container
2 clip lamps (you can improvise with other lighting if you don't have these on hand)
1 large piece of poster board, paper, or fabric
Enough fabric interfacing to cover the outside of the container

For the full tutorial, go here. Also, keep in mind that if you don't have daylight bulbs on hand, you'll most likely have to experiment with your camera's exposure value (EV) and white balance or be prepared to do some post-shoot touching up in Photoshop.

Image courtesy of Uncommon Eye.

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