Light Box

– You take the perfect picture but then suddenly realize the background is horrible.

– Want to give your picture the studio effect?

Then a light box is what you need and what I needed too.

So, here’s my version of the light box. It is pretty easy to follow and really economical! I’m sure you have all the things already at your home.

All I needed to buy was the butter paper, that’s it! 🙂

Here we go;

Things you’ll need

  • The basic stuff:

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  • The main stuff:

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Directions

Step # 1: Cut, cut, cut

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Grab your cutter and start cutting away the lids. We won’t need them.

Here’s what you’ll end up with;

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Step # 2: Measuring

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Measure 1 inch from all four sides. So, that you end up with a rectangle. Though I did cut a bit more from the top of my soon-to-be a light box.

When measuring; keep in mind that you have to choose three sides of your carton (2 wide and 1 narrow OR 2 narrow and 1 wide). Be wise because this will make a difference between a narrow light box and a wide light box.

I wanted a wide light box so I chose 2 narrow sides and 1 wide.

Step # 3: Getting rid of the rectangle

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Grab your cutter and start cutting along the lines you drew. So, that you end up with a window, like this one;

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Peek-a-boo! 😛

After you’re done with all three sides, you’ll end up with this;

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Step # 4: Covering it up

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You may have to make a joint somewhere as one sheet won’t be enough. Don’t forget to secure the joint with a transparent tape!

Make sure the paper you use allows  light to come in easily.

Step # 5: Tape it up

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I used paper tape for sticking my butter paper to the carton. Make sure you apply tape only where the carton is and not where there is only butter paper. You want the light to come in!

Step # 6: Preparing the background

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Measure your white chart paper according to the width of your box and length according to the length of the base and back of your box combined. So, that it covers the back as well as the base.

Step # 7: Cutting it up

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Cut your chart paper so that it’s ready to fit into your box.

Step # 8: Setting it

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Place your chart paper inside, curving along the curve of your box. There’s no need to press it down.

Step # 9: Securing it in place

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Make tape rings and secure your chart paper inside the box so that it stays there.

 

 

 

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Voila! You’re done! 😀

Now, you have your own little studio.

Place it in daylight or near a lamp and capture away!

 

This was inspired by: http://www.flaxandtwine.com/2013/02/diy-photo-light-box-a-finish-fifty-project/

Hope this helped!

Peace on ya’ll.

See you in my next post! 😀

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