Step 6: My "light box"

So here’s the secret to a shadow free picture; a light box. But it doesn’t really have to be a box. All you need is a few simple items.

Scotch tape
Four paper towels
A sheet of computer paper
Something to tape the paper to, I’m using a paint can
A couple lamps

Take the paper and tape it to your stand so there’s a curve in the page. Take two paper towels and cover the back half of the stand and paper. Take another two paper towels and cover the front half. Direct two lamps so that they shine from each side at a 45 degree angle down onto the “light box”.

What you’ve done is illuminated a small area by using the paper towels to diffuse light. Now when you take a picture you can do it without casting shadows. Of course if the item your photographing if bigger than the sheet of computer paper you’ll have to modify the setup. To further brighten the photos you can use photo shop to adjust the brightness. If you don’t have photoshop you can buy “white light” bulbs or adjust how close you have the lamps to your box.

Keep in mind the camera has to be within the shadow of the box to take a good picture. You could also use the same setup in sunlight. Just by looking at the setup you'd think the picture would come out very dark but the camera adjusts pretty well.

Thanks for reading.
<p>I love! Nice work</p>
Very good:)
Cool! Thanks for sharing.
My effort :)
Cool! Thanks for sharing.
I've recently put a few electronic goods on eBay, and this Instructable has helped so much. I'm always striving for better looking photos, and my normal approach is a light box with four desk lamps surrounding it. This time I thought I'd try your approach for outdoor lighting, and it worked a charm! The pictures came up great, I used Gimp to either auto colour correct or manually change the brightness and contrast to polish up each shot and they look so much better than anything I could have done inside.<br><br>Thank you!
I love to hear it. I'm glad this worked out for you. Maybe you could post a photo? Thanks for commenting.
There are two iPods here, the one with the crack that I managed to get some nice macro shots out of.<br><br>Sorry that there are so many :P<br><br>Thanks again!
Awesome! Good luck on the sale.
Thanks again, you've helped to no end.
These are all taken outdoors against a sheet of white paper.<br><br>They were all colour corrected with Gimp.
Nice 'ible! I'm taking notes, I take terrible photos.
Brilliant! Good Job! Great Idea! Thanks!
Great instructables as always! Been a while since I've looked at your work. <br><br>I never had time to thank you for that butterfly pendant... so Thanks! It's really a master piece.<br><br>I've been thinking about posting an instructable about photo shooting for some weeks now, you gave me the drive to do it. <br><br>It's will be about Flash photography and making something from design to reality :).
Thanks. Glad you like the butterfly. And I'll keep posted for your instructable.
Some very good tips here. Thanks for sharing. We could all benefit from taking better photos! ;)
wow these look golden quality think i might try to take some portraits with this
Thanks for writing this one. I am always working on my pictures. Have you ever tried using an old milk jug? The plastic is supposed to diffuse the light evenly.
Never though of it but that would probably work. Thanks for the idea.
5* and faved. I've always wondered how you take such magnificent pictures.

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