I finally got around to making my own lightbox for photographing little things. This tutorial is fantastic:
There were a few modifications in my design ... mostly because I hadn't read that tutorial recently and didn't remember everything.
- cardboard box
- freezer paper
- hot glue
My husband recently ordered a new computer, so I got a nice cardboard box to make my little photo studio. I re-enforced the corners and folds with tape and a line of hot glue. With a craft blade, I cut out panels from 3 sides and the bottom.
Rough-cut sheets of freezer paper were hot-glued to the box. In the tutorial he uses tissue paper. This substitute seems much sturdier.
I've got a bendy lamp with this bulb shining through the right side of the box. I think I need more lamps.
I didn't have any posterboard to put as the background, so I just used more freezer paper. It's definitely not ideal because it's not 100% opaque. I think the lampshade also gave the light a yellow tint.
There's plenty of room for improvements, but at least I got this project started. You can definitely tell I need more white light and a better background. These pictures are with the lamp on the right and my camera flash pointing straight up.
It's nice to have a designated area to take pictures with. Hopefully my cats won't think it's a great idea to jump in it.