How to make a light box to take pictures of your products? - IDEA YOUR BLOG SITE 2020 -
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This homemade creation can enrich your product photography tremendously!

Light boxes are very expensive and restrictive for product photographers. But they are undoubtedly an extremely necessary complement in a photographic studio.

In the market there are some pre-manufactured light boxes, with prices ranging from thirty to one hundred dollars:

CowboyStudio 30-Inch Photo Soft Box Light

CowboyStudio 30-inch Photo Soft Box Light – $ 30

Square Perfect 1050 Sp500

Square Perfect 1050 Sp500 – $ 100

Instead of looking at the option to cut your budget in other areas, you better consider creating one for yourself. Follow this simple guide to make a homemade light box to perfectly illuminate your products.

1. The Materials

  1. Box:Choose the size you consider will be the most appropriate for your products. Make a test by introducing one of your products and see if the product is completely visible with the camera and if there is still room to the sides; that is, if an image can be captured at a comfortable angle.
  2. Knife or razor: Make sure you have an appropriate knife or knife; If you cut the material without problems.
  3. Paper: You will need a white roll of paper to build some sides of the box, as well as interior lining. The white paper helps the light to gently reflect on your background and product.

Stuff

  1. Tape (heat): You will need an adhesive tape to secure the edges of the box.
  2. Pen or pencil:You will need it to mark the measurements of your box.
  3. Ruler or Tape Measure: You will have to make some marks in your box, so have a pen or pencil with a tip at hand.
  4. 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 home light box

1. Using adhesive tape seal one of the faces with covers. There should be 3 faces of the box closed. Cut all the remaining caps. You should have a bucket with an open face.

2. Draw perpendicular straight lines to form corners on 3/4 side faces of the box (as it should 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 discovered. Do the same with the other two uncovered side faces of the box.

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3. Seal one of the windows with paper. This should completely cover the window. Cut paper in a dimension that covers two sides of the box. This piece (equivalent to two sides 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 outside.

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4. Cover the faces of the box with paper so that no window is uncovered. Do not forget to tape the edges and paper. The result should be a box that has 3 of the 4 side faces covered with paper.

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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 point at a right angle to 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 (not covered by 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 to take the photos by doing a test with and without the light box. You are the one in our example. Look at the difference!

Without using the light box

Without using the light box

With the light box

With the light box

As you can see in the image above, without the light box, the image is brighter, the time it looks contrasted and a little 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 pleasant, smooth and consistent.

Once you have done the photo session in your new lightbox, you can edit the images by yourself or use the editing and retouching tool that gives you CWT Advertising within the properties of each image and that will allow you to have a result Optimal as in the following image:

Final Product

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 product categories in your online store.