Picture of DIY - Portable Mini Photo Studio
For publish my project on instructables, I need to take lots of photos and needed a handy place to quickly take the step-by-step project shots that has a plain background and lots of light. I always work in my bedroom, that have a minimal lighting and just a have a little space. When I took photos of projects that I made, especially for electronic project that have a lot of small components – there was always a distracting background and became blur because of the lighting. So I think, it will really helpful if I have my own photo studio.

There are Mini Photo Studio tent and lighting kit that you can buy from eBay or other online shop, it is compact, portable and easy to set up, Mini Kit Photo Photography Studio . But the price are not friendly for me. So I could make that, from cheap materials and it cost me just about $1.

OK, let's get started!!

Step 1: Parts and Tools

Picture of Parts and Tools
So, here is all you will need :

(1) Carton Box (the size is up to you)
(6) LED 5mm Super Bright (White)
(6) Resistors 100 Ohm
(1) DIP switch 8 pin
(1) 16 Pin DIP IC Socket (optional)
(1) PCB Matriks / Perfboard
(1) Batteries 9V
(1) Battery box with on-off switch
- Jumper Wire
- A lot of white paper
- Breadboard (optional)
- Shrink tubing (optional)

- Soldering iron
- Solder
- Scissors
- Cutter Pen
- PVAc Glue
- Duct tape
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Pilgrimm1 year ago
Very nicely done! Excellent description of the steps required to make your lighting circuit. I'm just a hobbyist, but I can follow your steps quite easily. Also, I agree that the prices of mini photo studios for taking digital photos for ebay or any other purpose are very high, and prohibitive. Unfortunately, here in the USA, the electronic parts (without the cost of soldering guns, etc) would amount to considerably more than $1.00US. But a very nice 'ible just the same!
faziefazie (author)  Pilgrimm1 year ago
Thank you so much. Yeah, I kinda shocked to know the price of electronic parts in USA, there are so big difference with the price in here. With only $1 you can buy many basic electronic parts.

Btw, thanks for trying my 'ible. It's a great honor for me, I'll do my best for my next 'ible :)
Creative_Guy2 months ago

Cool.. maybe i'll make it someday...

TerzaN12 months ago

mo bikin ginian eh nemu si agan disini. kyknya gw prefer pake lampu meja belajar aja deh, ganti lampu led putih, sentrong dari atas gitu. tapi kardus indomie nya nih yg bikin shock.. hahaha..

bakal bikin kardusnya, great job mas bro. makasih tuts nya.

ElectroFrank6 months ago

White LEDs are usually rated about 25mA, 3.3V, so from 9V the resistor must drop 5.7 Volts.
So for 25mA from 9V, the resistor should be 220 Ohms.
With 100 Ohm resistor, 5.7V / 100 = 57mA, about double their nominal current rating. This may shorten their working life.

(I did experimentally run a 25mA white LED for 24 hours at 100mA, and there was no measurable change in brightness.)

But you can run two white LEDs in each string from a 9V battery, doubling your brightness for the same battery life.
2 x 3.3V LED from 9V, leaves 2.4V across the resistor. So to run at 50mA, 2.4V / 50mA = use a 47 Ohm resistor

My diagram for this: (click image to see it properly)

LEDs White from 9V Batt.gif
Akin Yildiz7 months ago

this is really cool, i like the dip switch addition :)

farhandhitya9 months ago


faziefazie (author)  farhandhitya9 months ago

hehehe sengaja, biar indomie go internasional :p

Scamerman Run made it!1 year ago

Here are the pictures I taked with this studio


faziefazie (author)  Scamerman Run1 year ago
Wow that's great, nice work :)
RingoWild1 year ago

Very nice! Thank you!

faziefazie (author)  RingoWild1 year ago
You are most welcome :)
vkomparak1 year ago
Consider using Led strips ;)
faziefazie (author)  vkomparak1 year ago
Yes, of course that would be a great idea :)
I voted for you, this is an outstanding piece of work. This can also be used to make videos involving various articulated toys or other small objects such as card models. Anyone with a good all in one camera should be able to generate some interesting stuff using this. I've got a related instructable called Studio On a Stick that shows how put together a simple video editing system on a USB.
faziefazie (author)  egbertfitzwilly1 year ago
Wow thank you so much for the vote, I really appreciate it :)

I love video editing too. Thanks for the reference instructable :)
darman121 year ago
This is great! I've been looking for a cheap light box solution. I love how it is a mix of photography and electronics!
faziefazie (author)  darman121 year ago
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it :)
bonansa1 year ago
siap deh gan
dah di vote tuh
td nya skalian aja yg jd objek nya pk pop mie / indomie
jd siapa tau pada ngiler tuh

hidup pop mie eh maksudnya hidup Indonesia
faziefazie (author)  bonansa1 year ago
makasih ya gan. wah iya bener harusnya pake pop mie, kok gak kepikiran ya saya hahahaha
waldo571 year ago
I have only one constructive comment. Your mini-studio would photograph even better if you used one long, continuous sheet of white paper for both the floor and backdrop. Instead of the two-piece joint that is now in the bottom, back corner, imagine how smooth and line-less a single sheet draped to round out that corner would look, by comparison. You often see this trick used in any professional photographers backdrops.
faziefazie (author)  waldo571 year ago
I'm using A4 paper, because I only have it at the time. But I will buy some white paper with size larger than A4 soon and fix some inner side. Thank you so much for the suggestion. really appreciate it :)
bonansa1 year ago
wah cara hemat nihh
teryata ada org indo jg hehehehe.
keliatan dari kardus indomie nya

nice Info gan
faziefazie (author)  bonansa1 year ago
Hehehe iya nih, sekalian memperkenalkan indomie ke dunia hahaha

bantuin vote ya gan, thanks :)
prakis1 year ago
Thank you.
faziefazie (author)  prakis1 year ago
you are welcome :)
founderbrn1 year ago
besides making the bottom/back seamless, the lights should be on the OUTSIDE to eliminate the harsh shadows
(Firstly, good job with the implementation and the instructions.) You might also consider having lights below so as to light the underside. This page on lighting for head shots is helpful in understanding lighting a bit better http://lifehacker.com/take-beautiful-headshots-a-la-peter-hurley-with-a-cheap-1251944213
faziefazie (author)  founderbrn1 year ago
Ok, thank you for the advice :)
NP :-) ...if you still end up with "hot spots" you might also try taking some sandpaper to the LEDs to further diffuse the light. Enjoy! =)
faziefazie (author)  founderbrn1 year ago
oh, that's will be another good option too, I'll try it soon :)
kbanda1 year ago
Love this, thanks! This Photo Studio is just what I need.
faziefazie (author)  kbanda1 year ago
You are welcome, glad you like it :)
Great project!
faziefazie (author)  sparkleponytx1 year ago
Thank you so much :)
lschwartz1 year ago
Nice job, and especially well done documentation! You might consider putting a filler (long triangular tube) in the internal corners of the back and sides, and back and bottom. Carefully done, you will end up with no visible seams. If you find you temporarily need extra light, use a string of white Christmas tree lights with only those needed in the box. I've done this before, punching small holes in the box with a screwdriver and sticking the bulbs in the holes.
I forgot to add: when you line the box with paper, the fillers will help give you rounded corners for the no-seam effect. When starting, you might want to try fitting and trimming your paper to the OUTSIDE of the box. This will give you a close approximation to the shape and size you need without having to make so many trial fits. Another thought is to use many coats of a high gloss white spray paint to line the box, or to just hide the inside corners.
faziefazie (author)  lschwartz1 year ago
Thank you, I learn so much from your advice. That's a great idea too, for using white Christmas tree lights. It will be awesome. I'll improve my project soon.

Once again, thank you so much. Appreciate it greatly :)
I love this idea! I always need perfect lighting for small pictures and the flash on my camera just blinded out the object. I will do this later for sure! Great idea. Did you run the leds in paralle just to use the dip switch? I think when I do this ill wire them all in seriesand just add a pot to tune the brightness. Also might use a 5vdc supply.
faziefazie (author)  out-of-the-box1 year ago
Thank you so much, glad you like it.

Yes, i just use the dip switch to run the LEDs. That's a great idea too, to add pot to tune the brightness. but because my room is too dark, so I need my LEDs shine so bright as I using 9V battery :)
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