Introduction: Photography Lighbox Made Out of Cardboard
Have you ever been in situation where you had to take a perfect photo of something and you didn't have perfect lightning or nice background ? Are you into photographing but you don't have lot of money for expensive studio equipement ? If so, this is perfect DIY project for you.
- Cardboard (pieces or box)
- LED strip/s
- Colored paper
- Knife or scissors
- Soldering supplies (not necessary if you bought pre-wired led strip)
- Power supply (voltage depends on your LED strip)
- LED strip brightness regulator (optional)
Step 1: Make Decision About Size of Your Lightbox.
The dimensions of my lightbox are based on the size of colored paper I had at home. My paper is 34 cm long and 24 cm wide.This was the factor why my box is 24cm wide.
What about the depth and height?
I decided to use 20cm depth and heigh based on my formula which i created: length of colored paper devided by two and then I added few centimetres (in my case 3cm) because there will be spots which won't be visible by camera.
This means my final dimensions of my light box are 24cm x 20cm x 20cm .
Step 2: Cut the Cardboard to the Length.
- Get the cardboard
- Use pen to mark locations where you need to cut
- Cut the cardboard to the desired pieces (you can use ruler as a guide for the knife)
Step 3: Line Up the Pieces and Use Tape to Put Them Together.
Step 4: Cut Small Piece of Cardboard and Use It As a Stopper for Colored Paper Background, Testfit the Paper in the Box.
- Cut LED strip/s to the size (mine led strips are little bit smaller than width of box - it's because LED strip can be only cut by the segments and when the strip is a bit shorter that means you have more space for wires)
- Solder wires to LEDstrip/s as shown on the picture and test the led strips
- Use double sided tape to stick the led strips on the inner side of top piece of the box
- You can use electrical tape to fasten the wires in the place
- Complete the box
Step 6: Connect LED Strip/s to the Power Supply and You Can Enjoy Your Lightbox :)
I used arduino with transistors to separately control brightness of warm white LEDs and cold white LEDs. This is not necessary but it provides better control over the photos you make.
I highly reccommend adding connector to the wires. I haven't added it yet, because i couldnt get one, because all the shops are closed due to the pandemia.
Participated in the
Cardboard Speed Challenge