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Cheap Light Box How-To by AreteEirene Cheap Light Box How-To by AreteEirene
As requested by ^wdwparksgal, how I make a really cheap light box for photographing small stuff, for still life photography or for good artisan craft presentation.

Special thanks to =twistedangel9 who sent me my little kitty for Christmas last year. :blowkiss:


A light box is very handy for lighting objects with diffuse, even light. This is mainly to cut down on glare and control the direction and intensity of light. The box also lets you control what the background looks like, so a messy or distracting background won't detract from your craft presentation.

I used the box from my new air conditioner. Everything else I already had lying around. The poster board was just a few dollars. I made my first box using a model in an article in MacWorld. Unfortunately my cat, Bims, decided to use it as a bed and squarshed it beyond use. Mom asking for the tutorial got me off my behind to finally make a new one. :giggle:
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Lost-in-the-day Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
This tutorial is fantastic. Thank you so much for posting this. :D
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! I'm glad you found it useful. :D
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DraskiasArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
omg you just saved me like $40 bucks! I have been trying to find a way to take better pictures of my products forEVER! thank you!!!!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   Photographer
I hope it worked for you. :huggle:
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DraskiasArt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh it did!! :)thank you!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Photographer
Fabulous! :hooray:
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BlueSkies21 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
interesting!
Do you have an example of a photo with even light sources?
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
:)Excellent!!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Photographer
Thank you :D
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
:)You're welcome!:hug:
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So much better than the one I made out of cereal boxes all taped together. It really ended up too small. ;D
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! :D

Yeah, you need a big box for it to work right.
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LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent tutorial. I'm so using this. :D
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Photographer
Awesome :D

I need to make something little so I can use my new light box. :lol:
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oxymento Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have this same air conditioner!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Photographer
It was on sale at Home Depot. No air conditioning + 96 = new machine for the bedroom. :lol:
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centric-prometheus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! I feel special! :hug:
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Photographer
I was looking around my room for something to use as an example and I saw my little kitty. "Perfect!" :D
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centric-prometheus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Made my day!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Photographer
:glomp:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Excellent! I have a nice box that I could make into a light box. I have the background panels, but for smaller stock pictures the box would work better ;)
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Photographer
It definitely makes it easier to get a uniform background. The set-up I had here isn't ideal; I just wanted to get some example really fast. :XD:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Still, it is really helpful to have the box. Now you don't have an excuse to not take pictures of the rest of the Disney merchandise that are prizes :evillaugh:
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Photographer
Oh believe me I can come up with excuses. :lmao:
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