by Anna Krawczyk – bluebirdbeads.net

PART 1: making a lightbox from what you have at home
          cardboard box
          sharp knife or wallpaper trimming knife
          scotch tape
          white sandwich paper
          marker or a ball pen
          white or other color A4 / A3 / A2 Bristol board (depending on the box size)
1. Cut out one of the walls of the cardboard box.
2. Draw the rectangles on three walls of the box, leaving enough margin (about 1.5-2cm) to keep construction strong enough after you cut out the inside. Make sure the sheets of sandwich paper are big enough to cover those rectangles.
3. Cut out the rectangles with a sharp knife or a wallpaper trimming knife.


That is what you should get after this step:
4. Stick the sandwich paper to the frames using scotch tape. Make sure that it is even (does not have to be perfect – just no wrinkles that could cause the shadows). 
5. You may want to strengthen some parts of the frame with the scotch tape or even additional cardboard if necessary.
6. Your lightbox is almost ready…
7. …just add the background (the more it covers the back wall of the lightbox the better).
It really makes a difference – examples:
Better image of colors:
Softer gradient of light (1), smaller and softer shadows (2):
(pictures without edition taken on a cloudy day with no additional light)
Even distribution of light, more reflexes:

1. picture on a white paper made outside the lightbox     
2. picture made inside the lightbox        
3. picture made lightbox using small tip*
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(pictures without edition taken on a cloudy day with no additional light)
* tip – take additional sheet of Bristolpaper or one of the rectangles that you cut out of the box. Wrap it in the aluminum foil and use it to reflect additional light towards your object. Play a little with various angles to find the best effect.
For more examples on how the lightbox makes a difference check my pictures from 2015 and 2016 until May and how they improved after.
I hope you will find this tutorial helpful. 

Let me know how you did your lightbox at


Stay tuned, as the second part is coming soon (basics of photo edition).


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