How To: The Makings of a Lightbox
I needed a lightbox to take photos of smaller items (ie…my nails…). This was a surprisingly easy DIY and used really easy to find items. I found this idea from Lindsay at Always a Girly Girl.
To start you will need:
- a box
- white bristol board
- white tissue paper
- exacto knife
Step One: Cut the flaps of the box and mark the top and both sides with an X.
Step Two: On the sides with the X, mark a one inch line around all edges.
Step Three: Use the exacto knife to cut the inner box of the marked lines. (You can see the makings of another DIY in the background…)
Step Four: Cut the bristol board to the width of the inside box. Tape the edge to the inside top corner. Then slide the paper into the bottom inside corner without making any folds. Trim the paper so it lines up with the outer bottom edge of the box.
Step Five: Tape the tissue paper over the three holes. Make sure the tissue paper is tight, with as few wrinkles as possible, and no rips.
Step Six: Done! To use, put a small light on the outside of both sides. I need to go out and get proper lights, so I’m using the lights on my vanity table for now (not ideal, but it’ll do).
The picture on the left is without the lightbox. The picture on the right is with the lightbox. See the difference in how the light is controlled?