Cheap & Easy Picture Light-Box




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Taking good pictures is hard. Really hard. At least, if you aren't a professional photographer. Thankfully, I recently discovered a solution to this problem, and it isn't even technically a box.

I hope you enjoy this Instructable. Please leave comments and suggestions below! Thanks!

P.S. The match cube was made using these instructions.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need the following:

  • Tape
  • A Piece of 8" x 11" Paper
  • A Kitchen Counter-top with Under-cabinet Lighting

(Under-cabinet lighting is essential to this Instructable. If you don't have under-cabinet lighting I recommend trying this method instead.)

Step 2: Preparing the "Light-Box"

Tape your paper about 5 in. up the wall. The paper should now slant down to the counter-top. This slant is essential to the smoothness of the photo, so don't crease the paper! Turn on your under-cabinet lights, and get ready to take pictures!

Step 3: Troubleshooting

If your photo doesn't turn out as desired, check the type of bulb used in your lighting. I used fluorescent light-bulbs, but other kinds may work. You can also use Instructable's built-in image editing tool, Pixlr.

Thank you for reading my tutorial, and I hope you like my idea! If you do, please consider voting for me in the Epilog VII Contest. If I won the laser cutter I would use it to build puzzle boxes like these. I would also be able to pursue wood projects that are too intricate for an unskilled scroll-saw user. I am also interested in building robots with custom covers, and in creating 3D layered art. Thanks!



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    6 Discussions


    Reply 3 years ago

    Sure! I am going to try to do this some time soon. I was just wondering what object you are using is becasue it is really cool.


    Reply 3 years ago

    It is a match cube. It is pretty cool. The guy who made it also made some other similar instructables. You should check them out!


    3 years ago

    Sooooooo, sooo, simple... This is amazing! I'll use this in my upcoming instructables!


    3 years ago

    This is great! I use a King size white sheet from Walmart. It cost a whopping $10 and I can hang it behind almost anything that I'm taking a picture of. It's great!