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    [DIY]Make yourself a cheap photo light box!

    Hey guys,

    I thought I'd write a tutorial on how to make a cheap version of a photo light box. Of course, the box isn't all that expensive--you can get them for around $25 if buying a low quality light box from eBay.

    But, why even spend $25 when you can make it for practically nothing? The light box could be made with stuff lying around your house.

    Why should you make one? Well, for beginners, you would want a nice pictures of your watches, should you want to list your watches for sale. We all know important it is to have good pictures for the sales to go through. This reason alone would be a good enough for you to invest some 20 minutes of your day.


    The things you will need:

    1. A cardboard box the size you would want your light box to be. I don't think you would need a huge box for it, so I went with a decent sized box.

    2. Basic crafting materials: a box cutter, glue, and a pair of scissors.

    3. Napkins, and/or white paper.

    4. Some extra stuff that's nice to have would be: table top lights, and fabric/colored paper for background drops.

    Because I made the light box on a whim, I don't have the extra table top lights for more lighting. I'm pretty sure that with the extra lights the pictures would be much better.

    On to the process, shall we?

    1. Cut the flaps of the box.

    I decided to take pictures after I cut one of the flaps out, but I'm sure you wouldn't need a detailed information on cutting the flaps.

    Done!

    2. Punch a rectangular hole on 3 sides of the box, except for the bottom, leaving about 1-inch borders.

    One side done!

    2 sides done!

    3 sides done! This will be the top, and for ease of interchanging backdrops, I decided to cut a little more.

    See it? I didn't leave the border for slipping the backdrop.

    Once you're done with it, decide which material you would like to go with. I chose napkins, just because they're thinner, hence enabling more light to pass through. Even though it was a bit yellowish in color, it worked out nicely.


    Start gluing the holes with napkins. If you're using napkins, make sure you peel the napkins out--they're usually multi-layered.


    All 3 sides done! Notice I left the back end little open. Again, this was done so I could slip backdrops in the future. Also, once you have two lights coming in from the two sides, you can cover the top, should you need to block some unwanted lights from coming in.

    We are done! All you need is to slip something in of your choice. I used regular white paper, since that was all I had available.

    Either like this, or

    like this.

    I think it took me less time making the box than writing this post; about 15 minutes or so. Sure, the box is nowhere close to what $25 would get you, but this will do the job for me.

    Here are two of the pictures taken. Do understand that this was taken with just ONE lamp, without extra lights shooting from the sides.

    Vac Pam 000


    Breiting Superocean Abyss


    YM

    Cropped and Photoshopped to give the mirrored effect.

    Not the best like you would see from professionals, but considering the price of my camera and amount of money invested in lighting and such, this isn't too shabby at all!

    Thanks for reading!
    DIY Make a Cheap Photo Light Box

    #2
    dope, looks like fun so im making with my 4 year old daughter thx
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        #4
        Very cool. What do you use as your light source? Can you post a pic of a sample set up with a watch, camera and light source?

        Thanks for sharing.

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          #5
          So it doesn't work with just one lying paper.. #dumb photographer

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            #6
            Originally posted by armada26858, post: 1241960
            dope, looks like fun so im making with my 4 year old daughter thx
            I'm not good at this kind of things, but it was actually fun! Have fun!

            Originally posted by Dr.Verylong, post: 1241983
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            Wow! Thanks!

            Originally posted by wolfwood, post: 1241998
            Very cool. What do you use as your light source? Can you post a pic of a sample set up with a watch, camera and light source?

            Thanks for sharing.
            Right now, a lamp+flashlight, until I could go to a local home depot to buy myself some cheap light source. It seems like they could be bought for around 5 each+light bulb.

            This is what I have right now. The most expensive item is the flashlight moun--a lens :P An empty Pringles can as a camera mount.. Whatever I could find around my house to really minimize the cost. Haha

            Originally posted by antonis19081, post: 1242078
            So it doesn't work with just one lying paper.. #dumb photographer
            Yeah, you might need a couple honest papers :P
            DIY Make a Cheap Photo Light Box

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              #7
              This looks very cool, great idea +1

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                #8
                Great idea! Wish I would have seen this post. Just got a light box/lamp set off Amazon for $40 US

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by rols16610, post: 1242241
                  This looks very cool, great idea +1
                  Thanks!

                  Originally posted by Sequoia, post: 1242276
                  Great idea! Wish I would have seen this post. Just got a light box/lamp set off Amazon for $40 US
                  I was about to pull the trigger as well; but most of the low end boxes have lights that apparently sub par, and you would need a better set of lights.
                  That's when I decided to make a photo box of my own, and buy decent lights from Home Depot.
                  I'm actually quite happy with the results.
                  DIY Make a Cheap Photo Light Box

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                    #10
                    Very useful!
                    Thanks a lot, I will buy my Pringles box ASAP ;-)

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                      #11
                      Great tutorial! I only need a decent camera, any cheap DIY tutorial for that?

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                        my daughter made this !!!!! shes 4 --pretty dope right?!!!

                        looks like it works... i guess lmao
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                        "dont look at me like I just fingerbanged your cat"

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                          #13
                          Wow, great man, got tons of nice sized boxes for this..thank you very much, I will be posting many pictures of my SubC when it arrives.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by sunnydale, post: 1242579
                            Great tutorial! I only need a decent camera, any cheap DIY tutorial for that?
                            Perhaps an iPhone? :P

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by sunnydale, post: 1242579
                              Great tutorial! I only need a decent camera, any cheap DIY tutorial for that?
                              Iphone would do the trick, just get yourself a nice lens attachment! :P

                              Originally posted by armada26858, post: 1242801
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                              my daughter made this !!!!! shes 4 --pretty dope right?!!!

                              looks like it works... i guess lmao
                              Wow! It made me smile! How adorable.. But.. Reported for child labor.. LOL

                              Originally posted by 'Subluminor, post: 1242863
                              Wow, great man, got tons of nice sized boxes for this..thank you very much, I will be posting many pictures of my SubC when it arrives.
                              Yeah, I might make a couple more for myself, depending on the number/size of props I want to use. I realized I might need something bigger for pics with other cool stuff in the background
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