DIY light box under $10

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  1. darinwc

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    5 foam core boards
    packing tape (for fastening the foam core)
    about 2-3 yards white fabric from a sheet or drop cloth, whatever..
    1 large poster board. (must be flexible)

    1. cut two of the foam cores into a square (save the excess to use as reflectors)
    2. tape the foam core into a box.
    3. tape the poster board to the back + bottom in a curve.
    4. throw the white fabric over the top.

    This works best with an off-camera flash so you can experiment placing it in the cube, beside it, top, etc.

    Using a digicam is a great way to test lighting.
     
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    Here is the finished light box and an example
     

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    You can put a small camera on a mini tripod in the box.
    Or put a large camera in front of the box on a full size tripod.


    I made this because the commercial boxes from ritz camera etc were cheap flimsy things.
     
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    A good tutorial for a tabletop 'studio', thanks for posting. I will go ahead and suggest having some some black foam-core, paper or black primer spray-painted card-board, in various sizes, for reducing/removing light from the subject as needed.