September 30, 2007

The Lightbox

You asked, here's my answer - instructions for the lightbox.

What You Need:

  • One classy box, of the moving variety
  • Four sheets of white foam core
  • One sheet of white poster paper
  • Glue
  • Three clip-on lights (though, I've gotten away with two and a left-over lamp)
  • Three flourescent daylight bulbs
  • Exacto knife or razor blade

What You're Going For:

What You Do:

  1. Tape the bottom of the box, just like you would if you were about to shove stuff into it. Which you are.
  2. Measure the sides of the box - don't worry about the bottom.
  3. Cut the foam core to match the height and depth of each of the four sides.
  4. Set the box down so that one of the sides is now resting on the floor.
  5. Cut 10 inch by 10 inch holes in each of the three visible sides of the box (you'll see that I've only cut two in my example above. Instead of a large top hole, I cut one through which the bulb of the lamp could just barely fit).
  6. Cut corresponding holes in the three pieces of foam core for those sides.
  7. Insert each of the four pieces of foam core and glue into place. If the corner seams are an issue, hit your local hardware store and get white masking or duct tape to cover.
  8. Use the piece of white poster paper as a drop curtain over the back (formerly the bottom) of the box. If you like, you can attach this to the piece of foam core that forms the top so it doesn't fall.
  9. Attach each of the lamps so that the lights are placed just inside the holes - this will help you flood the box with as much light as possible. Which is frankly what you're going for, this being a lightbox and all.
  10. Stick something in the box and take lots of pictures of it.

And there you have it. It doesn't look particularly cool or cutting-edge. Actually, it looks more like someone without a clue made it up as they were going. Which is exactly what I did. But hey, it works!

Posted by Chris at September 30, 2007 7:58 AM

I just searched for how to make a lightbox last week and came across those directions. It wasn't what i was searching for (i was looking for a tracing lightbox), but i've been thinking of making one of those just so i can stop taking pictures of objects on white paper.

Posted by: Denise at September 30, 2007 11:45 AM

Thanks, Chris! I can't wait to try it.

P.S. Is that your hairy nut sack I spy?

Posted by: Melissa at September 30, 2007 12:12 PM

Thanks for sharing. I was wondering how you took those shots. Nice.

Posted by: Colleen at September 30, 2007 2:09 PM

someone beat me to the hairy nuts comment


Posted by: SleepyNita at September 30, 2007 3:34 PM

Thanks a bunch! Now I can photograph any hairy nutsacks I might have on hand.... oh, that sounded really bad!

Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Posted by: ironic1 at September 30, 2007 7:09 PM

I'm so psyched. This actually looks like something I could do! Unlike the "Photoshop for Dummies" book I'm reading right now, which has me left me feeling like... Well, a dummy.

Posted by: Tink at September 30, 2007 10:29 PM

Thank you so much for sharing. This is Octobers project. You're the best!

Posted by: lesley at October 1, 2007 9:42 AM

Hey, I could do this! Haha. Thanks.

Posted by: Lisa at October 1, 2007 1:37 PM

Cool! Thanks for sharing!! Looks like we something we could do too.

Posted by: Nadine at October 2, 2007 2:14 PM

Wow, this is great! I may have to use this to make my own.

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