Homemade Photography Lightbox on the Cheap

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Blog entry by Barrett posted 03-05-2011 07:19 PM 2671 reads 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Are you tired of dark and grainy photos of your beautiful projects?  Tired of having a terrible photo represent your hard work and craftsmanship?  What you need is a photography lightbox or light tent, but commercially available light boxes can cost up to $500!  The following is a tutorial on how to build your own custom lightbox for under $50.  I’ve sampled a number on online resources and different techniques to present this tutorial.

the gorgeous results!

The lamps and project in place

See the full tutorial here:

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 09:55 PM

I have 2 lightboxes I bought on Amazon…one is a 30’ cube and the other is a 16” cube that folds into a sort of briefcase. Bothwere very inexpensive…under $40. They really improved the quality of my photos and are well worth the investment.

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 05:19 PM

You can use any muslin fabric from a fabric store. You’ll just need enough to cover the top and two sides of your box. I bought my fabric in 2 foot by 3 foot pieces from Michaels crafts. Purchased two for about $3.50 each.

The lights I purchased from Lowes. It took forever to find them but I needed daylight bulbs. I bought the 27W florescent daylight bulbs but realized that the box I used is pretty large and I need either another bulb or stronger ones. If you can find the old fashion incandescent bulbs, I would stick to those. These cost about $5 each.

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