Wondering how to click high-quality product pictures without creating a hole in your pocket? Say hello to light boxes. While they are available online, they can be rather expensive especially if you’re looking for the right size or a good quality one. With this easy and extremely affordable DIY method, you can create your own light box, or photo box, to achieve a professional-quality catalogue of your products.
Things you will need
1. An empty carton (eg: a microwave box)
2. A sharp paper cutter/knife
3. Tracing paper sheets
4. Cello tape
5. White chart paper + coloured chart paper
6. 2 table lamps
Choose a carton box. The larger the box, the more objects you’ll be able to place inside and shoot at a time. Make sure the box is in a sturdy condition and isn’t damaged or bends easily.
Leaving about 2-3 inches from the edges, measure and cut out big squares or rectangles on either side of your box. These will serve as the windows for your light box.
Using the tracing paper, cover and tape your windows tightly. These will ensure the perfect kind of soft-light for your product shoot.
Add your backdrop in. Whether you want to shoot on a white backdrop or a coloured backdrop, it’s up to you to add the colour or gradient chart paper of your choice. A good start is to use a plain white chart paper.
Place a table lamp on either side of your carton windows. This acts as a source of light on your products.
That’s it! Pull out your finest camera (that smartphone in your pocket) and getting shooting. Adjust the distance of the lamps, the other light in the room and choose from different results.