Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DIY: New Lightbox [with wooden frame]

I spent an hour last week constructing this light-box. Basically, it’s a lot like this one except a little bit sturdier as it has a wooden bottom and support structure. 

I used 2x2s for the frame and 1/2 plywood for the bottom. Twelve screws later, and viola! A lightbox. 


Tissue paper is on the sides and top, while a large sheet of butcher paper makes up the backdrop. At some point I’ll probably change out the butcher paper for something with a little more visual interest. 


It’s not perfect, but it’s a start. Clearly I need to monkey around with the lighting a bit more.


You might remember that I had one of these back when the chickens were wee little chicks but it bit the dust - the birds kept pooping on the butcher paper and well, that doesn’t make the for prettiest of backdrops. Wax duck candles are much tidier. 

3 comments:

  1. Try diffusing the light and angling it differently. Some people make tissue paper screens to diffuse light on a lamp. It will give a softer light...less glare...better distribution. :)

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  2. Muchas gracias, Amanda!

    There is actually a layer of tissue paper between the light and the product - it’s stretched straight across the top (so it’s hard to see). The angle definitely needs work and frankly, I need more light. It’s a dark basement room and that single spotlight isn’t cutting it. I have a few additional lights that I might set up to provide frontal illumination. I tried it out again this morning and definitely was not pleased with the current setup. Will keep you posted! :)

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  3. Shucks. Thought it would be an easy fix.

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