Do-It-Yourself Lightbox

This is a discussion on Do-It-Yourself Lightbox within the Do-It-Yourself forums, part of the Photography Tips category; Since this is the Photography Knowledge Exchange I thought I would exchange some knowledge! I made my very own D-I-Y LIGHTBOX yesterday and I documented ...


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    Since this is the Photography Knowledge Exchange I thought I would exchange some knowledge!

    I made my very own D-I-Y LIGHTBOX yesterday and I documented the entire process step by step to share it with all of you.

    Rather than posting everything twice I will point you to my blog where I posted the entire process with photos!

    Click here ---> http://jenweaverphotography.blogspot.com/2...f-lightbox.html

    Hope this detailed process will help you all create your own lightbox.

    If you make one - let me know how you do!
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    Awesome!!! Results are great too!!!

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    you rock!!
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    Thanks for the detailed explanation..Just wanted to add, if you have "Dollar Tree" stores in your area, they also have foam board (2x3 ft) sheets for a buck a piece..then you won't feel so bad if you mess up a cut LOL
    I'll definitely have to try this!!

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    Can't wait to see if you do try this Chrissy!

    Thanks for the dollar store suggestion! Much cheaper than Staples or Office Max.
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    Looks like a good idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nice work Jen. Thanks for the share. I have a suggestion or a thought. (yea I know its hard to beleive) If you cut a hole in the center top, and the center sides. Cover them with a white shear cloth then you could change the angle of your lights when and if you need to.
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    Thanks, Jen!


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    Nice work Jen. Thanks for the share. I have a suggestion or a thought. (yea I know its hard to beleive) If you cut a hole in the center top, and the center sides. Cover them with a white shear cloth then you could change the angle of your lights when and if you need to.
    I saw some tutoials for cutting the side holes and doing the sheer fabric and I was tempted to try that.... I did mention cutting a hole in the top for overhead shots in #8

    8) Alternate Option: I also read about cutting a 3-sided hole (flap) in the top of the lightbox if you like to shoot the object from a top view. If you cut a hole in the top of the box, this is possible. Be careful not to cut too much, you'll want to score the part you don't cut, that makes it bend with ease. I haven't done this myself but I wanted to mention the option in case you were interested.

    But I think I should mention your other idea in #8 as well. That way it's there in case someone wants to take it that far they can. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    This is excellent, Jen! Thank you!

    So what did you grand total end up being, for all of the supplies? I'd like to talk my mom into lending me some cash to make a lightbox.


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