Recently, I decided to reach out and ask for some advice from another crocheter/blogger. She made some great observations and I’ve taken her suggestions to heart. So, my first order of business: take better, more consistent photos.
I’ve been wanting a light box, but didn’t want to spend the money. So, I read a few DIY articles online and built my own. It is far from perfect and definitely has that home-made look, but I’m pleased with it despite that.
This is not a tutorial. It is just me bragging on my own efforts to make something useful without spending much money.
Basically, it’s a portable, table-top studio for shooting small projects. It’s covered in paper or fabric to diffuse light and prevent glaring. Mine is approximately 24″ x 24″ x 24″. I used recycled foam-core signs from my old job to build a box. I painted the insides white and secured the edges with duct tape. I know, I know, there are better ways to do things, but I was using what I had. I scavenged my lined closet and craft room for supplies.
I still had 2 lights from a former project. So I ending up buying only one more of the metal clip on light fixtures. It was 6.97 at Wal-Mart.
I cut one pillow case into two pieces and clipped them to each side. And used the other to cover the top.
I taped two pieces of poster board together to drape from the top of the back of the box to the front edge at the bottom. I can use other colors for backgrounds as I see fit. For now though, I’m using the poster board and brown craft paper that I had on hand.
One of these days, when my business takes off and the budget isn’t quite so tight, I might invest in a store bought version of a photo light box, but for now, this will do great in a pinch! And, I’ll keep reading digital photography tips online!