How to Use Light Box Photography


Light box photography uses simple materials to create an environment that lights up the object you're shooting. Light boxes allow you to shoot from all sides and angles--ideal for stock photography, which requires a 360-degree view. Creating your own light box requires few materials, some of which can be found around your house.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Light box
  • 1 sheet of white poster board paper
  • Sheet metal screws
  • 2 small clamp-on lamps with 60 watt bulbs
  • 2 desk lamps with 75 watt bulbs
  • 1 white sheet
  • Camera
  • Place the light box on a sturdy table. Using sheet metal screws, attach the poster board to the top of the light box. The poster board will cascade down and provide a backdrop for your photograph.

  • Using a white sheet, cover the entire box. Cut a hole for the lens in the front of the sheet.

  • Clamp the small lamps to either side of the light box. Make sure they are clamped over the sheet but not touching the sheet.

  • Place the large desk lamps on the right and left side of the light box. Adjust the lamp neck as needed. Turn on all four lights.

  • Using the pre-cut hole in the sheet, insert the camera lens and start clicking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try using a tripod to prevent camera shake.
  • Make sure the lights don't get too hot and come in contact with the sheet. Take breaks between photo shoots to cool down the lights. Try using compact fluorescent light bulbs which omit less heat and stay cooler.

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  • Photo Credit Photography by Callie Barber
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