If you are a blogger on a budget, like we are over here on Katscript, you try to cut cost wherever you can. As fairly new bloggers, we are trying to improve some of our cringe worthy photos posted here on the blog. (We are still learning). So, after some research and sitting down with the budget, we decided that buying a light box was just not going to happen and making one was the way to go. We also enjoy doing anything DIY, so we had a blast making this one. Here’s a DIY photography light box tutorial for bloggers on a budget.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two 20 * 30 white foam boards ($2.99 – Michael’s)
- Wax Paper (found some in pantry)
- X-Acto knife (already had this, but can be found at Wal-Mart or any craft store)
- Metal Ruler (Michael’s – 4.99)
- White Tape
- Small lamp
NB: use a cardboard box to protect table from nicks and scratches.
First, we drew a line down the center of the foam board, so that each side measured exactly 15 inches.
Our light box is a tad bit big, so you can cut the measurements down somewhat, if you would prefer a smaller box.
Secondly, use the X-Acto knife to cut down the center of the foam board, cutting down the previously drawn line.
Here’s what ours looked liked after cutting it. (15*15).
Then, mark 2 inches from the length and width, draw a rectangle, and then cut that out. It should look like this, when you’ve completed that.
After cutting out the rectangle, roll out the wax the length of the window, a little bit longer for taping, as shown in the picture above.
Use the tape, to tape the wax paper to foam board.
Your window should look something like this, and you should have two of these. one for each side.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, there’s a step missing between this photo and the one above. I had to stop taking photos to help Christal with that part, so I have attached a link below with a video from You-Tube showing you what we did in between those two photos.
A side view of the light box after completing it. Use the table lamp to help with lighting if taking photos at night.
Putting out light box to use!! (PS: We had the wrong color tape, so we’ll have to go get white tape to correct that).
…..and here ya go!!! Pictures are looking better already! Results!!
Hopefully this DIY tutorial will be helpful somewhat! We are loving the results from our DIY photography light box tutorial over here on Katscript. Next up- Photoshop!
As promised, here is the link to a video if that works better for you: