August 30, 2011

Make Your Own Light Box

I'm not a professional photographer by any means, so I look for all the help I can get when it comes to taking pictures for the Craft Anyway blog and my Etsy shop. Luckily, my father has a Nikon D50 that he is more than willing to share, which helps a ton, but I still don't know how to use all of the fancy features. So when I found this tutorial by The Scrap Shoppe on how to make a light box, I had to give it a try.

So, I turned Kaeleigh's Hello Kitty tricycle box...

Into this!

And since the pictures I take for my Etsy shop are mostly of headbands, I needed a way to display them so that they didn't keep rolling around in the box so that I couldn't get a good angle on them. So I also made this...

It's just a partial roll of paper towels wrapped in white fabric left from the light box and secured with straight pins. Genius, I know.

I'm still not a professional photographer, but that's okay because I leave the real photography to my best friend, Mallory, and her husband, Josh, over at J&M Expressions (yes, that was totally a name drop). I do, however, think my pictures are looking much better now...

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  1. Fantastic! Thank you so much for the link love. :) And genius idea with the paper towel roll!

  2. DIY light box is a great tool to have at did a neat job!!
    Happy Photographing!!

  3. Thank you for posting this... I really need to get one as I start up my etsy shop.

  4. Awesome! I keep saying I'm going to make a light box, especially since the days are getting shorter and I photograph a lot (of food) in the evenings. Need to get on this asap! Stopping by from Skip to my Lou.

  5. I love this idea! I really need one of these! I’d love for you to link your project to Things I’ve Made Thursdays. I’m trying something new this week- We have two sections to the party- one for kids’ things and one for “Anything”!! I think this post would be an awesome addition to the “Anything Goes” party!

    Hope you’ll stop by on Thursday and link up!

  6. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Love your project and featured it on my blog tonight!

    Come back on Thursday for more fun!! :)


  7. fabulous idea! i've also seen using just a plain old white piece of board! ingenious, great photography tips! thanks for sharing



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