Monday, March 25, 2013

Photography Light Box

Our world is covered in snow.

I was fortunate enough to get a snow day. Andrew had to go to work, so I shoveled the drive by myself.

shoveling = excellent workout

After shoveling, I decided to try to build a photography light box. I've had the instructions on my Pinterest board aptly named Someone else make for me! I don't think anyone was going to make it for me, so I decided I'd better do it myself. Here's how I did it:

1. Bring home printer box from work. Cut all four flaps off one end. Cut rectangular hole on two sides. (I also cut off two flaps from the other end, but I think you should not. I just got overexcited with the box cutter.)

2. Tape flaps of one end together. Get Nocturne Inspection.

3. Tape white tissue paper over the holes in the two sides.

4. Put white posterboard inside box for background. I think I need another piece, but I don't know how to place them so I won't have seams showing up in all the photos.

5. Put a lamp on each side of the box. This step needs work. I may need to look for some inexpensive lights that a) are more maneuverable, and b) don't leave us with dark rooms elsewhere in the house.

A lamps shaped like the Eiffel Tower is not necessary, but it does add a bit of je ne sais quoi to the project.

That's it!

I really thought I started with a big box, but it's not all that big when I tried to put half a shawl in it.

Does it look any different that my non-light box pictures? I'm not really sure that it does. Maybe stronger lights on each side will help.

A photograph of a skein of yarn does look pretty good though. I have some tweaking to do, but I think this light box thing is going to work out.


  1. The color of the shawl looks quite a bit different to me in the two photos. Which one is more true?

    1. Not the light box photo--it's much brighter, more kelly green, than hunter. I think that could be fixed with higher watt lamps.

  2. Cool! I really need to do this, and thanks for your entertaining walk-through. I've certainly got enough boxes!