DIY Light Box




Introduction: DIY Light Box

About: Wood working and electrical engineering....oh yeah and building stuff

This project is about how to make a Light box for filming and picture taking.

Since this was prototype #1 the quality of the final product isn't the best and for prototype #2 I would change a lot. So I would recommend if you are thinking about making one of these learn form my project and make yours a bit more well thought out.

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Step 1: Materials You Will Need

Things You Will Need

- White acrylic sheet (this is the diffuser for the lights behind it, the size of this determines the overall size of the light box)

-Aluminum angle( based on the perimeter of your box determines the length you will need)

-Scrap wood

-Light sockets(I used out door lights but you could use these with a bit of wiring)

-some type of screws/fasteners to hold everything together.

Tools You Will Need

- Ruler

-Metal Hand Saw

-Wood Hand Saw

-Drill & bits


Step 2: Making a Frame With the Aluminum Angle

To help add structural support to the acrylic and to keep things looking somewhat nice we have to make an aluminum frame.

To do this we have to cut 2 45angle cuts on one side of the bar.

The best way I found to do this was to use a hand saw. Also the use of a file is recommend to remove sharp edges and blunt the corner a bit.

The larger side of the piece we are cutting out will face away from the other side of the bar. This way when we fold the bar it will create a right angle and an edge for the acrylic sheet to sit in.

When folding the bar I would recommend using an bench vice to get a clean fold.

The size of the box I'm making in the Instructable is 24inx16inx8in

Step 3: Combining the Acrylic and Aluminum

To do this I first cut out a wooden block to use as a corner hold for the acrylic and to hold the frame together, as it acted like a spring and didn't want to close fully. As you can see in the pictures drilling two holes from the frame into the piece of wood was the best way for me, to do this. The wooden block also holds the acrylic into place.

Step 4: Adding the Lights

All I did here was find the center point of both of the shorter sides on the aluminum and the two 8in spacer boards. I drilled two holes to hold the spacers into place and from there I made a bridge board which was 2ft long. The bridge board is where I added the the lights.

Step 5: Plugging It In! & Final Thoughts

In real life the lights are a lot more diffused than in the picture. A lot of things are wrong in my design including the weights of the wood. The cost for me to build this project was $20 but I already had the acrylic.

Some changes I would make

  • I would cover the back of the light with one of these emergency blankets, as it would help reflect the light to the diffused surface.
  • I wouldn't use any wood, I would stick to making the entire project out of aluminum
  • Add a attachment for a tripod, This can be done using a 1/4 in nut.
  • Add more lights and use LED because they don't get hot.

Overall this was a simple yet effective project for taking videos and photos, the cost reflects the quality. Spending $20 more would drastically increase the quality of the light box.

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    3 years ago

    Thanks! It works alright but there are some obvious improvements that can be made.