So we built a lightbox. From an IKEA hamper.
This lightbox is portable, inexpensive, and when you're not using it for photography ... well ... who doesn't need a laundry hamper?
What will you need for this Hamper Light Box?
Well, there's the hamper. This is the SKUBB from IKEA. It is described as a "Laundry Bag with Stand," and it comes in two colors. Seeing as this is meant to be a light box, go with White.
In addition, you're going to need a medium-sized safety pin, a 1.25" binder clip, a small desk lamp ... and your choice of either a sheet of poster board (white, 24" x 36") or a piece of drawing paper (white, 22" x 30").
Oh, and a tripod.
For the camera, of course, because photography is the point, after all. (My tripod is a Proline by Dolica, but any tripod will do.)
- hamper (SKUBB from IKEA)
- medium-sized safety pin
- 1.25" binder clip
- small desk lamp
- sheet of poster board (white, 24" x 36") or piece of drawing paper (white, 22" x 30")
Step 1: Prepare the Hamper
Turn the box on the side. At this point, it looks more like a light box, but we're not done.
The box has a weighted fabric lid that will now be on either the left or right side of the box's opening. We could let this hang open, but why not be tidy? So roll the lid around its weight.
Roll the lid tight and secure it to the side of the opening with your binder clip.
You'll only need the one.