I've been wanting to make a lightbox forever. Actually, I was totally going to buy one, but then I looked at my business budget, cried a little bit, and dove into my recycle bin in search of a perfect box. Because really, all a lightbox is is a fabric wrapped box! So, you will need:
- A large box. A pretty big one, I'd say at least 18" tall, it needs to fit whatever you want to be photographing.
- A box cutter/razor
- White spray paint
- White poster paper
- About 3 yards of plain white fabric (I just used the $1.99 white muslin from Joann, with a coupon!)
- Packing tape, staples, glue...something to attach the fabric to the box.
- Three lights with those fancy "natural light" light bulbs that give off white light
Shine your three lights in where the arrows are pointed. Since the light sources are coming from three different directions, it will create minimal shadows. Stick your camera on your tripod, put your product inside your box, turn on your lights, aaaaand....
Shoot! See how the shadows are really soft? It makes for great product shots. I've LOVED having this box, I used to wait for a nice cloudy day to take out my poster board and shoot my products, and now I can be be a lazy butt and shoot at night if I want! Best part? This box was totally free, I already had everything I needed on hand. Silly me...thinking I had to buy one.