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01-31-2009, 00:38
Here is a real quick, easy and cheap alternative to those expensive light boxes you see...and you can get good photos out of it...

1st find a cardboard box, the one i have is 20"Wx17"Hx15"D. Free
2nd get 3 lights, preferably all the same with good "daylight bulbs" about $20.00 although I got mine at a yard sale for $5.00 for all 3.
3rd get some poster board...color really doesn't matter...I choose white with very light lines/squares running though it. Walmart $3.75

Take your box and cut one side, usually the top so the one side is open. Then turn it on its side and cut a hole in the top. Take your poster board and tape it or glue it on the inside of the box, I only did the back drop and both sides, you can do all 4 side if you want (but not necessary). Remember to curve your backdrop alittle or the line will show. Set up your camera and lights and your off and running....see pic

07-02-2009, 21:53
Cheers this helps a lot.

07-07-2009, 09:59
Thanks for the great tip!

01-24-2010, 00:59
Thanks! Simple but very efficient...

10-25-2011, 22:17
Thanks guys...I know its an old post but people have asked about a cheap alternative for a light box....

10-26-2011, 12:47
GREAT idea and instructions Andrew! Thanks!

10-28-2011, 22:25
I stole from this thread pretty heavily to make my own lightbox and the difference is immeasurable. Belated thanks for posting it!