How to Make a DIY Softbox

Softboxes can be expensive but they are very helpful for any type of photography. This will show you how to make a homemade version of this all-important device.

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Step 1: The Supplies

To make this you are going to need:

4 pizza box tops
1 pizza box bottom
Scotch Tape
Duct Tape
Stapler
Paper
Knife
Aluminum Foil

Step 2: Add the Foil

First you need to add the foil to the insides of the tops. Make sure you put it as flat as you can. Use the stapler to keep them in place.  Don't worry if there are wrinkles even the professional ones have them.

Step 3: Make It a Box

Place the tops end to end. Staple them together. Make sure the joints are able to bend. Fill in the gaps with foil if you want. This will help the reflectivity. Now fold the tops into a box and staple the end together.

Step 4: Adding the Back

Take the box bottom and cut a square in the middle. This is to allow the light inside. Now duct tape the bottom to the box. It doesn't matter what side it's on.

Step 5: Adding the Paper

Now add the paper on the top make sure to use the Scotch tape for this. Try to use as little as possible in the middle as you don't want the shadow of the tape in the picture. Now you done.

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    goginski

    4 years ago on Introduction

    awesome job. How did it work when you took the pics? What kind of light or bulb did you use? Thanks.