Step 1: Select Materials
- Masking tape or other heavy tape (Duct, packing, etc)
- X-Acto knife
- Glue Stick
- semi transparent white material (Tyvek, White suiting/Ripstop nylon, bed sheets, etc)
Step 2: Cut the Box
2) using the ruler add a 1" to 1-1/2" border to all sides of the box (top, bottom, left and right) - Essentially you want to cut a hole in all sides of the box.
Tip: don't forget to add a line on either side of the center of the box as it lays flat :)
3) Cut out the four panels of the box using an x-acto knife and cutting on the lines.
See the images below if the above is unclear.
Step 3: Assemble the Skeleton
2) Tape down the exterior and interior seam.
3) The Bottom of the box will serve as the platform for placing your objects.
Step 4: Wrap the Box
2) I used sign printing grade Tyvek and attached it using a glue stick.
Step 5: Add Continous Background
1) Use the depth of the box + the height of the box as a rough measurement.
2) Cut out a piece of bristol board that matches the dimensions above
3) This creates a nice white platform to shoot your images against. Try using other colors, Blue, Black, etc.
3) Insert the bristol board into the box so that the edge of the bristol board is placed against the front of the box and th card board is allowed to curve like a wave, half-pipe, you get the picture (I hope :) )
As usual the pictures will make it all clear. :)
Step 6: Add Light and Enjoy
2) I used a desk lamp, and a couple of Ott lights (13watt) for the apple shot in the beginning of this instructable.
3) for better/different results I am switching to the simple clamp style fixture used in the PVC light tent with 100 watt bulbs.
4) experiment with light location and diffusing the light that shines through the top of the box with other semi transparent material, nylon, etc.
The light entering the box will be diffused and the shadows will soften or disappear...
***NOTE: At this stage (or perhaps before) you can and probably cover the inside of the box with white as well, at least the frame. Or you could switch the white material from the outstide to the inside. I bring this up because It was pointed out over at DPReview.com (http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1019&message=17593322) that there is a black reflection in the photos produced using this box.
... I hope that will fix it :)