Make Your Own Mini Studio





Introduction: Make Your Own Mini Studio

About: The mother of leds

I was documenting some Arduino projects and I came into a problem that I can't take good photos! my projects always have a lot of wires,jumpers and reflective surfaces like LCD screen so my photos always have horrible shadows that I can't get rid of even when I used Photoshop. So I consulted some of my friends who have the experience in photography and they all said that I have to make a mini studio.

The idea of a mini studio or box of light that you make a closed box and diffuse the light into it through a diffusion material so you can get equal quantity of light in your photos and get rid of reflections,shadows... etc.

So I made this mini studio with the help of my boyfriend Mahmoud Kotb

Step 1: Collecting the Materials That You Want

You will not have to buy a lot of things as you will find most of the materials already in your home :

1- box ( any size according to what you want) I used a shampoo box :D

2- cutter

3- glue

4- meter or ruler

5- paper clips

6- some nails and nuts

7- diffusion material ( I used calc paper)

8- wooden sheet

9- any kind of thick white paper ( I used 150 gm Canson paper)

10 - (two lamps, wire , lamp base and a plug) if you will construct your own light system but you can simply buy two desk lamps.

Step 2: Construct the Box

1- Bring the box and cut 1 side so you have a box with only 5 sides.

2- Leave about 3 cm on each edge and cut the rest so that you have a hollow side.

3- Repeat the previous step on 2 more sides.

4- Glue the diffusion material on the 3 hollow sides.

5- Cut 2 pieces of white paper and cover the edges inside the box.

6- Cut two small holes from the upper side so that you can mount the paper clips

7- Mount a sheet of paper using the clips and make it as curvy as you can so that you don't have any inner edges that will reflect light and ruin your photos.

see! it's very simple only 7 steps

Step 3: Construct the Lighting System

1- Bring a wooden sheet.

2- draw two holes on two opposite sides of the sheet.

3- mount the lampp bases using the nails and nuts.

4- connect the electrical circuit as shown in the picture.

Step 4: The Result: After and Before

Without using the light box you will find the photo contains a lot of shadows and light spots but after using the light box the photo looks very good to me. May be you will need a little bit edit on the photo brightness using any photo editor.

I took some random images of things around me to show the results

Enjoy your mini studio :)



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    Good job Mrehan!
    Try to support the cardboard from the middle because it will bend after sometime.

    Could you tell us more about the paper you used to diffuse the light?

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    Some people use old white shirts, others use any white paper but I choosed calc paper

    I'm trying to define "calc paper." The only information I can find is that it is the paper used in calculators, the 2 to 2 1/2 inch wide paper used in manual calculators. That can't be it. So, I apologize for my naivete, but the definition of "calc paper" escapes me.

    Maybe "Tracing Paper"?

    Thin paper. Translucent?

    mach1950 is essentially correct and giving good advice for the hand-held shot; more light does in fact allow you to use a smaller aperture (larger f number), which gets you a greater depth of field. A point and shoot camera will automatically adjust to the greater light flux and in some cameras, also correctly sense equivalent light temperature to give you proper color in many situations. We still find automatic mode sometimes fails to give proper color for flowers and scenery on a new camera, almost as much as good digital cameras made a decade ago, but your chances today are pretty good. You can adjust this post-shoot in some phones and cameras, and use free-ware to adjust many color problems in photos via freeware in your computer when the color problem is global for the picture.

    Great make mrehan. Two suggestions, adjust your colour temperature and add some more lamps. It may seem like it will be too bright, but when you are shooting close-ups you need a small aperture to give you a better depth-of-field. Notice that a couple of your shots are not sharp. Brighter light will give better depth of field and also allow higher shutter speeds, therefore sharper shots. :-)

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    You can get that depth of field with the larger numerical aperture (smaller actual aperture) and the light shown from her box setup by merely extending the exposure time, of course, if the camera gives you control of both aperture and shutter. More light is not the only way to the desired end.

    True, but I got the impression that mrehan was hand holding, as perhaps would most people at whom the 'able was aimed.

    Hi there, Thank you for your suggestion. I'm not very good in photography so I don't know how to adjust the color temperature :D I will search about that but may be this option doesn't exist on my camera because it's a little bit old. The shots isn't sharp because I didn't adjust the focus well I was in a hurry but thank you for sharing ideas with me :)

    Not all cameras allow you to adjust color temperature (if yours does, it would be a menu item), for many point and shoot cameras attempt to do this for you in an computerized automation, sometimes with good results and sometimes the opposite.

    Your camera should have a "white balance" setting -- that will let you set the color temperature. Check the manual (physical or online).

    One thing that will help is putting reflectors around your light -- you're wasting a lot of light into the room away from your diffusion paper. A simple paper shield lined with the shiny side of aluminum foil will help redirect the light through your diffusion. It will also boost the intensity of the light coming through the diffusion without changing the quality of the light.

    A white reflector card put right under your camera lens will help add "fill" light to the front of your subject items, too. This may be necessary for glass or chrome items, too, and add some extra shape to the object.

    Good luck!


    Interesting! I will try the whole reflection thing you are talking about but I was trying to solve the problem with minimum concepts to take into consideration for non professional people like me :D

    No problem if your camera doesn't do it. You can download very cheap or even free picture editing software which will allow you to adjust the colour easily. Try Pixelmator on a Mac for example. MUCH cheaper than Photoshop and has all you need. There must be alternatives to Photoshop for Windows as well. Good luck!

    There it's another excellent free one called Gimp.

    I use neopaint for windows works very well and is small program!!

    I have photoshop " a portable version" I use it for some edits so I will give it a try

    indeed, I find that Gimp for Windows works well for a photo editor. It's cross-platform, so there should be a version of it for most operating systems. And it's free! (openSource)