Monday, February 6, 2012

Tutorial: Make A Light Box

I finally decided to try making my own light box and I am SO happy I did! It made such a huge improvement in my photos. So I decided I would try to share it with you! It's really easy and completely worth it.

What you need:
Cardboard box
White Tissue Paper
White Posterboard
Box Cutter

1. Choose a cardboard box the size that you want your light box to be.

2. Make sure the bottom flaps are taped up well. I applied a second layer off tape here.

3. Lay the box on it's side. (The bottom of the box becomes the back of your light box.)

4. Cut off the front flaps.

5. Leaving about 1 inch around the perimeter carefully cut out a square on the 2 sides and the top.
6. Cut a piece of tissue paper to fit over each of the openings you cut and tape to the edges of each side.

7. Cut the poster board to fit inside your box. This will be your backdrop. I taped the top of the poster board to the back of the box so it stays put.

8. Add light. You can put lights wherever you like. Above, or on one or both sides to create the effect you want. Just make sure not to get the light too close to the tissue paper or it will burn!

You may want to have an extra white poster board just in case one of your pets decides to climb in like my kitty did. She made a good model though.

Let me know if you try this and tell me how it comes out. I'm in love with mine!

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