This homemade creation can greatly enrich your product photography!
Light boxes are very expensive and restrictive for product photographers. But they are undoubtedly an extremely necessary complement in a photographic studio.
Instead of seeing the option of cutting your budget in other areas, you better consider the option of creating one for yourself. Follow this simple guide to make a homemade light box to perfectly illuminate your products.
- Box:Choose the size that you consider will be the most appropriate for your products. Do a test introducing one of your products and see if the camera can see the product completely and if there is still space to the sides; that is, if an image can be captured at a comfortable angle.
- Knife or razor: Make sure you have a suitable knife or razor; if you cut the material smoothly.
- Paper: You will need a white roll of paper to build some sides of the box, as well as lining the inside. White paper helps light reflect smoothly off your background and product.
- Tape (tape): You will need tape to secure the edges of the box.
- Pen or pencil:You will need it to mark the measurements of your box.
- Ruler or Tape Measure: You will need to make some marks on your box, so have a pointed pen or pencil handy.
- Ruler or measuring tape: You will need an implement to measure and control edge angles. A large ruler and a flexible measuring tape would be optimal.
2. Building your homemade light box
1. Using masking tape, seal one side with caps. There must be 3 faces of the box closed. Cut off all the leftover tops. You should have a cube with an open face.
2. Draw perpendicular straight lines to form corners on 3/4 side faces of the box (as shown in the third image below). Draw parallel lines, forming a square (like a window). Cut the cardboard around the square and you will see that a window will be exposed. Do the same with the other two uncovered side faces of the box.
3. Seal one of the windows with paper. This should completely cover the window. Cut paper in one dimension that covers two sides of the box. This piece (equivalent to two faces together) should cover the face that you had previously sealed and the floor of the box. Tape the edges well to prevent light from leaking from outside.
4. Cover the sides of the box with paper so that no windows are exposed. Don’t forget to tape the edges and the paper. The result should be a box that has 3 of the 4 side faces covered with paper.
3. How to use your light box?
To use your light box, you must place the product you want to capture in the center of the floor of the box. Your camera should be pointing at a right angle towards it. Regardless of whether you use natural or artificial light, you will notice that the light enters and is gently reflected on the faces and the product, consistently on all sides.
If you use natural light, position your box so that the windows (which do not have the coating on the inside), are always on the sides. In case you use artificial light, place up to 3 lamps to illuminate the product; two on the sides and one on the box.
Try taking the photos by doing a test with and without the light box. You are the one in our example. See the difference!
As can be seen in the image above, without the light box, the image is brighter, the time is contrasted and a bit rough the way it falls on the product. In the image below where the light box was used, the product looks very attractive, with a nice, smooth and consistent feel.
Once you have done the photographic session in your new light box, you can edit the images by yourself or use the editing and retouching tool that CWT Advertising gives you within the properties of each image and that will allow you to have a result optimal as the following image:
This simple homemade light box will make your product photography sessions more efficient and enjoyable. It also allows you to have consistency in the images of your different categories of products in your online store.