If you’re a blogger by night, like me, and have a limited budget, again like me, then you may be all too familiar with the DIY approach. You know, the figure it out yourself before forking over an arm and a leg mindset. That’s me. I’m cheap.
There are many a blogger and many a hobbyist armed with DSLR cameras and gear. That’s just not in the budget for me. Not now. But I’m still blogging away and trying to share
good decent photos of our travels and my projects. Armed with an iPhone 6 Plus. Now
Now some days, my photos look pretty gosh darn good. Like that time we went to a Hindu temple. I think mostly because we were outside on a gorgeous day. Then other days, my photos look great on the iPhone screen but on other screens it looks like crap. Like that time we went to Phipps Conservatory. Gosh, I wish I’d been able to capture better photos!
For close ups, like photos for recipes and crafts, I found a solution for taking better photos. A light box! And here’s the cool thing, it was frugal! I’d actually made one before and forgotten how great a tool it was.
How To Make A Light Box On The Cheap
You’ll need a few things:
- Box (I got mine at Lowe’s, but you can find them for free elsewhere)
- Cutting utensils (I used a rotary cutter. You can use a box cutter, scissors, xacto etc)
- Tape (duct or packing)
- White tissue paper
- Posterboard (I have black at the moment, but will do white!)
- 2 light sources w/ bulbs (I used clamp lights w/ GE Reveal)
How to do:
Step 1 – Gather your materials
Step 2 – Cut 3 sides of the box. Make sure to leave about a 2 inch frame. This will keep things stable.
Hope this shows a little bit better for you, I cut out just the front and sides. The lines don’t have to be perfect. No one will know 😉
Step 3 – Line each side with one sheet of tissue paper and tape in place. I put mine on the inside, so there’s less risk of tearing it open.
Step 4 – Angle your light sources on each side of the box, aimed at the tissue paper. The bulb wattage doesn’t matter too much, so long as the lighting is the same on both sides. Most cell phones will compensate and adjust. Make sure the lamp isn’t touching the tissue paper or close enough to transfer heat, and you’re good.
Step 5 – Place posterboard or fabric inside. Don’t crease it, just let it slope gently.
Step 6 – Turn on the lights and start snapping away!
You’ll notice that my photos of the actual light box aren’t that great. Sorry 🙁
BUT here are some photos taken with the same iPhone using the light box. What do you think?