The Lightbox

Why pay so much for a lightbox when you can build your own for no money, as long as you have a box?



The first step that I took, basing my methods off the WikiHow article here:, was to draw lines that were 1 inch in from the borders of the box.



After that I used an X-Acto knife to cut off the cardboard from the areas specified through the lines.  A box cutter (go figure) would be much better for this task, but I did not have one one hand, so the X-Acto knife had to suffice.








Then I used an X-Acto knife to take off the folding box lids.  For future advice, don’t listen to what they WikiHow article says about cutting them off after you make all the cuts where white material will go, cut the lids off first, as you will mitigate risk of damaging your apparatus.



Then I used to the flashlight function of the camera flash on two  Blackberry Z10 smartphones to achieve lighting from both sides because I didn’t have two desk lamps on hand (I don’t have much on hand it seems).


I would have more pictures to display of my efforts in creating a lightbox and then utilizing it but none of the other photos were worthy, as most of them had to low of a shutter speed, causing a massive, ugly blur.


I received a Panduri stringed instrument from the country of Georgia last week, and one of the things it came with was this nifty little  key-chain.  The use of wrinkleless white paper creates a boundless, infinite look that creates a focus on the product, not the blemishes that the picture would have had it not been in the lightbox where light is also diffused.  It just spreads the light very evenly  This edgeless feel creates a texture that truly appeals to the senses, and creates a smooth, relaxing focus that draw attention.


Here is what it might look like had it not been taken in the makeshift light tent.  As one can see, it looks fine, but the texture of the carpet distracts from the main focus, the key-chain, not the ugly carpet.  The white just better.  That is, without psychoanalysis and heavy thought, just what humans seem to like.  After all, why would they be using this style of product photography today if humans did not find it to be more attractive presentation format.


The Lightbox photo, for good reason, simply looks better than its competition.



Note: submitted before deadline.  Timestamp is just wrong because it is probably in a different timezone.  I swear.


One thought on “The Lightbox

  1. Did you only shoot the one item, or did you try others? I like that you used the phones for the light, way to be resourceful with that.
    My guess is that they put out a pretty true white light on it, where most desk lamps have a tungsten/incandescent cast to it.
    Push yourself more, I know that you can do it. One object does meet the requirements, but it does do the minimum.
    Good discussion of the link, especially saying that certain parts should not be done.


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