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light box…diy

as a blogger….
no scratch that. as a LAZY blogger
i sometimes find myself in a time crunch.
ie…post is due tomorrow and I was busy or a slacker and craft in the middle of the night and now have to get glamour shot at oh….midnight.
(I ALWAYS try to take my pictures with natural sunlight! nothing beats it!!!)
but when push comes to shove and you are up a creek sometimes you have to diy yourself a light box…..
and since space is skint….it folds up flat!!!
start with two foam core boards found at dollar store…
the three pieces (two sides and a back) are all cut to size with the two sides cutting out the middle
add a little tracing paper so it’s transparent…
then you tape the sides to the back…
the bottom and the top are not attached. just placed underneath and laid across the top….
you can add another window at the top..but i don’t have a lamp that reaches that high so i didn’t
and you get way better results if you use two lamps! DSC01824
here’s what a light box does:
instead of just putting a lamp next to the project (which casts shadows)
or using flash which always makes everything look weird.
it makes it so the entire box is enveloped in bright light…perfect for picture taking!
you can also drape some fun fabric for a backdrop
and the best part….just collapse and fold it up (like a z) and i store mine behind the couch until the next time i procrastinate!
you can buy light boxes as well!!! but i’m cheap and a $3 light box beats a $30 light box any old day! photography week a girl and a glue gun



About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.