*This post was originally written at my previous domain, This Savvy Life. I launched my Up in the Loft rebrand on 6/26/2015.
I have been wanting to make a DIY light box for the longest time! Instead, I’ve been searching my house for a place that has the most neutral backdrop and it’s not working so well. Not to mention the fact that everything is covered in dust or scratches so my pictures all look really nice. Kidding.
Anyway. Pictures are something I know I need to improve on my blog, however I am not interested in purchasing an expensive camera because 1. money and 2. bulkiness. I know I will never carry around a nice camera and a lot of the pictures I have on my blog are ones I snap when I’m out and about living my life.
So I decided the next best thing is a light box. Here’s where I went for inspiration, and here’s how I made it:
1 cardboard box
1 package of white tissue paper
1 craft knife
1 roll of packing tape
1 full size white poster board
1 | Start by cutting the flaps off the box.
2 | Draw an outline about 1 inch from the edge around three sides of your box.
3 | Using the craft knife, cut along the outline. Do this for all three sides.
4 | Cover the three sides you hollowed out with a sheet of tissue paper using the packing tape.
5 | Measure the width of your box and then cut your poster board to match it.
6 | Insert the poster board into the box so that it curves up toward the top back of the box.
7 | Take some test pics!
It’s not perfect by any means, and I think I will continue to make adjustments to my new light box, but it certainly gives my photos a little boost! Next time (or if I ever get the motivation) I will paint the cardboard that still shows through white. Looking back I would have just spray painted the whole thing white before I attached the tissue paper. I think that’s what gives the pictures a little bit of a yellow tint to them.
Now I get to learn how to edit these pretty pictures!
What are some ways you improve your photos? I’d love to hear!
Until Next Time!