Good Morning! Can’t believe we’re already a day away from the weekend. This week has gone by pretty fast in my opinion. I’m excited for the weekend because I just found out that Nick’s coming to town! I thought we wouldn’t be seeing each other for another week (which would make 3 weeks straight), but I’ll get to see him tomorrow! YAY! Other exciting events on the horizon – Lunch at Whole Foods with Kathryn and baby Cade plus happy hour after work with my friend Mary Lindsey!
Today I have a simple DIY, although it’s for beginner’s out there because I definitely finished with some flaws, but it’ll work out just fine as I’m starting out with “better pictures.”
I will gladly be the first to admit that I’m no photographer and my pictures are less than par. On top of that, I don’t have any great windows in my house to take natural lighting photos either. I decided to make my own DIY beginner Light Box to assist with getting better quality photos. Like I said, this is most definitely for beginners – There was nothing special about it and honestly, I would have probably done some things differently, but for this beginner – it’ll work just fine!
- 3-4 Foam Poster Boards
- Hot Glue Gun
I got my poster board from Michael’s for about $6.00. I had a hot glue gun and glue sticks on hand already so this made for a simple & cheap DIY project! I just applied the hot glue along the edges and then firmly pressed the boards together until it dried.
I used an old Whole Foods bag for my glue gun and later used it for another DIY project I’m working on that involves paint. These brown paper bags are perfect for craft projects!
There are few things I’d change or fix up based on my experience – 1) There are a few spots where the glue didn’t attach completely and I have small light holes in a few areas. 2) I probably wouldn’t have put up 3 walls, but just 2, which is why I said you could use 3-4 foam poster boards depending on your own preference of that. 3) I will probably add some white out or tape in the open light spots to continue it’s use until I’m ready to work a little harder on something better. Since I’m fairly new with my desire to take quality food photographs, I wasn’t concerned with it being 100% perfect yet. My suggestion for beginners is to do the best you can with what you have and then find ways to improve it for the time being, like I’ll be doing with the white out or white tape.
Overall, I’m pleased with the outcome because it was really quick and I used it immediately to take pictures of my Stuffed Bell Peppers. I’m excited to see how my pictures improve and I may just buy another set of this $6.00 foam board to do the 2 sided light box to provide more flexibility as I take pictures & move things around, plus that will give me another opportunity to fix the light holes.
- Do you use a light box? Was it hand made or bought?
- Do you have any suggestions of making a better light box that I didn’t think about?