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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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maggmagg Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General 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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maggmagg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional General 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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