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Someone told me 1/3 of success is based solely on how something looks. I don't know how accurate that is, or even how one would even measure that, but it's true that good image accounts at least partially to effective marketing. Many things go into making that perfect image. Quality photography equipment, product placement, and lighting are all a few things that go into that perfect shot. This instructable focuses on lighting; I will show you how to create a simple light box for small to medium sized crafts or projects (perhaps one of your instructables projects) for under $10.

Step 1: Tools Needed

For this instructable you will need the following:

Step 2: The Build

First you need to decide on the type of back ground you are looking for. For me I decided to spray paint the inside of the box white; however buying a piece of poster board would have been much easier. Poster board or cloth can be hung, or clamped to the top rear of the box forming a draping background similar to those seen in studios. If you decide to do this great, if not, painting the box your desired color is always an option.

After you've decided on the appropriate back drop, you will need to start with the build. Cut a small hole in one of the bottom open corners of the box. This is where you will lead the beginning of the LED strip into the box, and the power cord out of the box. Then begin unraveling the LED strip lighting and tape it to the inside of the box. The light strip is pretty straight forward, and easy to stick to most surfaces.

Step 3: Take Photos to Your Hearts Content

Once you're finished with the box, play around with it. Take photos, and see what works best with what you are capturing. If you decide on a poster board or fabric back drop you can easily swap out different back grounds to capture your vision.

The images you see here were taken in my DIY light box for my ETSY shop. You can easily see how easy it is to make professional photos on a shoe string budget. Expensive Cameras and studios really aren't necessary with a little DIY.

<p>thank you</p>
<p>Several people have asked about using the light strip. It's really easy:</p><p>- look at the second picture on the amazon page (copied below).</p><p>- the light strip is about 16 feet long. You can cut it to the length you need.</p><p>- There is a 12 volt power supply included.</p><p>- Attach the power supply to the light strip. There's a connector attached, no need to solder.</p><p>- Plug in the power supply, the light strip will light up.</p><p>- The light strip has a sticky backing. Peel it off and stick it in your light box as needed.</p><p>- That's all!</p><p>This is a neat light box idea, thanks for sharing Spaceman Spiff!</p>
Glad you liked it!
Omgsh! This is really cool! It would be really useful for making stop motion movies!
That'd be awesome!
<p>Can you thank Deadpool for the guided tour for me? He was very helpful. And... why didn't I think of this. I have so many small things it takes me forever to photograph because of the constant light adjustment. Thanks for this!</p>
<p>How long do the led stip lights come? I should say what are the approx dimensions of your lightbox and how long a strip did you use?</p>
<p>A white styrofoam cooler would seem to be ideal. The soft rounded corners would eliminate edges and not distract from the item being photographed. Also consider a choice of white or black floors to really make lght-colored objects &quot;pop&quot;. Nice Instructable. </p>
<p>A white styrofoam cooler would seem to be ideal. The soft rounded corners would eliminate edges and not distract from the item being photographed. Nice Instructable. </p>
<p>I have no idea what I am looking for in LED's. I looked on Amazon and eBay and it's pretty confusing. Can you give us more information? There's a very wide price range.</p><p>All the stuff about RGB's adds more questions.</p><p>Thanks for any help. I just want to make a light box to take pictures of small to medium sized items for eBay</p>
<p>You forgot to list Lego Deadpool in your list of materials. I only mention it because when I built my light box, it was not as awesome as yours - and it was clearly because I don't have a lego Deadpool in mine.</p>
LOL
Bright Instructable! :)
<p>Very illuminating.</p>
<p>Thanks, I'm glad you like it!</p>
<p>What about the power adapter for the strip? Doesn't that need to be obtained, too? </p>
It comes with the LED strip, along with a remote!
<p>I wonder if that is the case for the one in ebay that was posted here. It's only $5.43 with free shipping, coming from HK. </p>
<p>I can't vouch for the one on EBAY. If anyone here knows that would be good info to have.</p>
Nice Instructable. <br><br>I noticed in the pictures that there is a &quot;hot spot&quot; running through the stage floor. Is that visible in real life?
<p>I'm not sure I'm understanding the question? Hot Spot?</p>
That's one area brighter than other areas as opposed to even diffused lighting.
This is great! I love tabletop photography and this provides a nice little tabletop studio!
<p>Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!</p>
<p>cool stuff, cheap and effective !</p>
<p>Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!</p>
That's a great instructables.com! A question - where did you find your LED strip lights? I'm trying to do both under-shelf lighting, and blacklighting some stained glass, on the cheap. Christmas lights have too much wire between the LEDs, and rope lights have a big thick vinyl casing that makes them inflexible.
<p>I got mine from Amazon, but the one lledapps references will work too.</p>
<p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-10M-RGB-3528-SMD-60LEDS-M-300LED-Light-Strip-Flexible-IR-Remote-12V-power-/221610055333?pt=US_String_Lights_Fairy_Lights&amp;var=520467961430&amp;hash=item3398fd16a5</p>
<p>Nice Instructable!!</p>
<p>Thanks, glad you like it.</p>
I meant &quot;great instructable&quot; - - autocorrect error.

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