DIY Product Photography Light Box




Introduction: DIY Product Photography Light Box

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Here is a cheap and quick way to make a product photography light box out of a regular cardboard box. The resulting photos are amazing quality! Enjoy! :)

Full video tutorial:

Step 1: Gather Materials

What you'll need (some can be found cheaper at the 99 cent store/Dollar store!):

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Step 2: Cut Flaps

Use the blade to carefully cut all four flaps off of the box.

Step 3: Cut Openings in Sides & Top

Use the blade to cut along the edges of one side of the box, leaving about an inch - an inch and a half around the border. Repeat the same thing to the other side of the box, as well as the top. You will now have 3 open panels through which the light will shine.

Step 4: Attach Tissue Paper

Measure and cut your tissue paper to fit the dimensions of the box's sides and top. Then, use small strips of the double-sided tape in each corner to stick the tissue paper to the box. The tissue paper will act as a diffuser and soften the light for your photos. The more layers you use, the softer the light will appear (I'm just using one layer for this project).

Step 5: Add Backdrop

Now, take a sheet of the construction paper (I'm starting with this light pink) and tape the top corners into the inside of the box. This will create the appearance of a seamless backdrop for your photos.

Step 6: All Done!

Now, just add lights and you're ready to shoot! I'm using 3 studio lights that I already have (info on lights: but you can also use regular desk lamps. Try this light box out with different backdrop colors, patterned card stock and even textured fabric. This is perfect for product shots for blogs, ecommerce sites, Instagram posts and more. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please let me know if you try it out! :)






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    3 Discussions


    10 months ago

    Thank for great article.
    This will help saving a lot money


    1 year ago on Step 6

    Thanks so much for this clear and helpful video! I love how you built a box that is inexpensive and gets the job done. Can't wait to build it. I'm starting a small business and new to product photography. I'm won't buy the big lights quite yet, will try with desk lamps. The link to the lights you use suggested 5500k daylight bulbs, so will try those. If you have tips on using less expensive lamps, please share! Also, was the large blue backdrop behind the set up there for the video only? Did it help with the product images as well? Will post a pic later of my box and images later, but wanted to say "Howdy" and "Thanks" right now!


    2 years ago on Step 5

    I am using seamless paper as a backdrop and both sides. I functions as reflector.