Monday, December 9, 2013

Make your own Light Box for professionally photographing products for Etsy.

A light box is a great help to product photography. It’s made to create balanced lighting for product photography. Side-to-side lighting helps to eliminate harsh shadows and give an even appearance to products. Top-down or one-angle lighting will often distort a color from side to side.
You can make a light box for very little money. I had all the items here except the lamps ($8 each at Walmart) and bulbs.
You will need:
  • One tall box (at least 2 feet)
  • One sheet of white posterboard
  • Two sheets of 11x14 tracing paper
  • The longest ruler or yardstick you own (I used an 18” ruler)
  • X-acto knife
  • Sharpie marker
  • Wide packing or masking tape tape
  • Two adjustable-neck lamps
  • 60-watt GE Reveal lightbulbs

Essentially, you cut two windows on the sides of the box, and fasten tracing paper over the windows. The front of the box will be completely open, and where you will be photographing from.

You will align a white piece of poster board from the back wall, curved at the back corner, and onto the bottom of the box. Tape it at the top. The curve is very important for photographing, so adjust it as neccessary. The flatter the paper, the more light will be reflected. A too-deep curve will end up with more shadow in the background.

Setup your lamps at the tracing paper windows, and start photographing!

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