Creating a Photo Light box for your Product Shots

Creating a Photo Light box for your Product Shots

In this short video, I show you how quick and easy it can be to create a simply, yet effective photo light box for your product shots. This photo light box will help present your products in their best light and is perfect for anybody wishing to take simply shots that will be displayed on your website, in your shop or on promotional material such as brochures, newsletters, flyers, etc. The video demonstrates step by step how to create this light box and displays some example product shots at the end. All in all, the light box itself took about 20-30 minutes to create and is super simply to put together (as I was making a video of creating it at the same time, it took a bit longer). I simply asked a local shop if they had a spare box and I spent about $10-$13 on the rest of the supplies. The most expensive item was the boxcutter at $7.

Make sure you use a tripod when recording your footage and capturing your shots. If, perhaps, you are not overly happy with your photos or your lighting, you can always retouch them using a free photo editing application such as Google’s Picasa and administer any edits that maybe required.

For the video itself, I simply used our Nikon CoolPix P7700 camera and a tripod. I kept moving the tripod around to try and keep the video interesting with different angles and shots. For the text, I simply downloaded this free “YummyCakes” font from dafont.com to give the text that handwritten feel. Finally, I used our transparent PNG title bar which is available to download free here.

So why not give it a go and see how this simply contraption can really improve your product shots!

Here is a list of what you will need for creating your own light box –

  • Cardboard box
  • 2-4 sheets of white tissue paper
  • 1 piece of matte white poster board
  • 1 piece of matte black poster board
  • Scotch tape
  • Packing tape
  • 12″ (30cm) ruler
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors & Box cutter
  • 2 Lamps
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