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DIY Lightbox Cuts Costs of Photographing Your Goods

Geek Tip: Build Your Own Lightbox on the Cheap!

Killer lighting is the key to great photos. If you've ever thought about throwing down some cash for a lightbox, let's say, to get some awesome shots of your handmade goods for your Etsy shop, then I just might be able to help save you some dough. I stumbled upon an awesome Canon forum where a smart and crafty user shared his own DIY Lightbox design that allows him to take some pretty sweet-looking shots.

I was really excited when I saw it since I know how much good lightboxes can go for. . . . plus you can get this done in three simple steps without breaking the bank. To see how, just .

All you need to complete this project is a cardboard box, some easel paper, and two light sources!

  1. With your box on one side, cut out the middle of the left and right side, leaving a two-inch frame around the cuts.
  2. Tape a piece of easel paper to the outside of the box, covering the cutouts.
  3. Tape a third piece of easel paper to the inside rear of the box, leaving plenty of excess paper at the bottom.
  4. Place a light on either side of the box, and you're set to go!

Did this work for you? Test it out and let us know!


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malsyerpal malsyerpal 8 years
Nice. Looks pretty easy, I'll give it a try.
Rnicolew Rnicolew 9 years
I'm definitely going to try this!!!! great tip!
kia kia 9 years
This totally works. I did something very similar from a Strobist tutorial a while back.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i haven't dont this before but think i'd like to try it this weekend! thanks for letting us know about this. :)
calamari calamari 9 years
Ha! They taught us how to do this back in design school. I remember mine didn't turn out too good. This one looks better
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 9 years
Great tip geek! My sister is going to love this :D
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
I really want to try this trick! I'm so happy I read this. :)
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I've done this before. I used cheap white sheets on the sides, but used paper for the inside, like this one. I got spoiled using the photo studio at school, but this works pretty well at home and produces good results.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
Killer! I'm so thrilled with this How-to. I'm excited to give it a try.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Making your own actually does work. I'm not a professional photographer but I had to take some photos of marble vases for a client's brochure and it was supposed to look like a professional took them. I ended up building something like that only a bit larger scale and setup lighting. To get rid of the flash glare, I decided to hang up some cheap white bed sheets to filter the light since it was larger scale and paper wouldn't be an option.
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