I do a lot of amateur photography with my friends and family, and I have wanted actual photography lights for some time, but the price is asinine. So I checked out this site, and saw a couple of ideas that caught my eye. Yes, there is an instructable that I almost copied. But it was the best one, and the cheapest. I made a few alterations as needed. More will follow as I complete the mounting bracket for the tripod.

Items Needed:

1 x Plastic tub of desired size (with lid)
2 x Light sockets
2 x Light bulbs of desired strength (The ones shown are diffused 60w bulbs)
1 x Power cord (an off off switch if you have one available. My next build will include one)
1 x Piece of white cloth to diffuse the glare from the light bulbs
1 x Glue gun
1 x Exacto knife/razor blade
1 x Soldering Iron
1 x Roll of aluminum foil
1 x Bottle of glue (I chose my kids white glue for school as it dries slowly)

Total cost: Less than $10 if you have most of the items kicking around your house.

Step 1: Gathering the parts

I decided that keeping it simple was the best idea. So I grabbed two lights in my garage that were taking up space. I cut out the actual light socket and a length of wire. I simply exposed the wires and connected them to the power cord. Of course paying close attention to negative and positive.
This was the instructable that gave me the idea to do this:<br><br>http://www.instructables.com/id/The-MacGyver-LightBoxSoftbox/

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