Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lightbox Love

There it is: my new, DIY lightbox. -->

I used instructions found on: http://www.studiolighting.net/homemade-light-box-for-product-photography/.

To create the box, I needed five standard-size white foamboard sheets (about $28 total). I assembled them with masking tape ($5.49), and added two clamp lights ($5.99 each) and two daylight-bright compact florescent bulbs (($6.50 each).

As you can see from the first picture, the result was a dull gray background, so I added two more clamp lights and daylight bulbs. That did the trick. Witness the photos of the black purse.

The "cheap" DIY lightbox ended up sucking more of my cash than I'd planned, but I ws impatient and didn't take the time to shop sales. It's a worthwhile investment since my merchandise photos will "pop" with clarity and contrast now. I'll still go outdoors for photos of bags in action/with a sense of scale as I carry them.

I need to work on improving my photography skills, now; no more lighting excuses!

1 comment:

  1. I found directions for a light box here: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html
    I haven't built it yet, I still take my items outside in the sunlight.