Last weekend I attempted and with mild succcess, built a light box using materials I had in my house and a laundry bag from Ikea. I went to Ikea to find a white laundry bin/bag, per the suggestion from Johan von Kronow's website. If you missed the post, I mentioned him earlier on the blog because he made a fantastic Laser-Cut gingerbread house...here. While Johan suggests his own materials and way to build an affordable light box, I improvised to make mine even cheaper!
I purchased a laundry bin from Ikea (selecting the model in the picture above becuase the one Johan used was out of stock!). I knew I had a bunch of white pillowcases at home already. I had a few desk lamps and edison bulbs hanging out, so I used what I had.
My first attempt at using the light box, note the differences in the pictures depending on the time of day that they were taken. These pictures were featured in a previous post called Favorite Winter Accessories:
|Taken with natural + artificial light during the day|
|Taken with only artificial light in the evening|
As you can see the quality decreases in the photo as more artificial light is used. At least this is the case for me taking pictures in a make-shift light box.
Conclusion: This was a fun project that cost less than $10. I know that the quality of the photo depends on using less artificial light (and perhaps my light sources are to blame *note* two other lamps I used were not shown in the top picture). I know I can produce mid-quality photos (see the hat photo) if I take the time to set everything up correctly during the day. I would suggest following the diagram (above), or Johan's instructions to build something like this for yourself. I'm sure there are better ways to do this and I am completely open to suggestions as long as it doesn't involve buying a pre-fab photography light-box!