My (almost) free lighting setup

Some of the most asked questions on the message boards are about lighting. Where do I get it? What do I get? Is there anything cheaper? Whats the best? I thought I would take some time to share my lighting setup with you. Here it is... Custom Light Box I know it doesn't look very pretty but the images I have made with it are! I put this one together in about an hour or two using a cardboard box, pieces of white fabric, large white sheet of paper, masking tape, three lamps, three natural color "daylight" 6500K light bulbs (any bulbs will work) and some small mirrors(not a 'must have'). By replacing the cardboard sides and top with fabric I was able to shine light through and diffuse it at the same time. This creates a nice soft light on your subject. I had all of these items sitting around my house except for the natural color bulbs. I would estimate that you could make this same setup for about $20... much cheaper and easier than buying a professional setup. I suggest anyone starting out in product photography to build one of these and play around with it. I hope this helps! Good Luck!!! © Kringstad (Help) f/7.1 1/200th second ISO 400 © Kringstad (Help) f/5.0 1/50th second ISO 125 © Kringstad (Help) f/5.0 1/50th second ISO 100

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January 18, 2013

Lenutaidi

Thank you for sharing!Very useful!!

April 03, 2012

Vennys

Great setup and explanation!
Help of this kind is every time appreciated.
Thank you!

April 07, 2011

Calyx22

That's a really good idea. I like how you provided examples of how well it worked for you. Sometimes DIY is great!

April 07, 2011

Lostarts

Good idea. I'd made one of these in photo school about 40 years ago ... so long that I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me!

April 07, 2011

Igordabari

Hi Alek. Look: I made lightbox using your description and here are some images taken with it:

https://blog.dreamstime.com/2011/03/22/my-first-lightbox-images-accepted_art34753

https://blog.dreamstime.com/2011/04/07/food-in-lightbox-_art34868

Thank you once again for inspiration!

March 11, 2011

Calyx22

Thanks for sharing, Kringstad! I took a class where we made similar light boxes. It was fun and cheap! :)

March 09, 2011

Lizapixels

thanks so much for sharing

March 03, 2011

Kringstad

That is great news, Igor. I am looking forward to seeing the new images in your portfolio!

March 03, 2011

lzf

thanks for share.nice pics really

March 03, 2011

Igordabari

Thanks for your blog once again. It inspired me to create my own light box (25$ spent) using your recipe. I have done test shots and I am quite sutisfied with results and hope to do much more.

February 22, 2011

Fra73

Thanks a lot!!

February 21, 2011

Igordabari

Thank you very much for your detailed reply.

February 21, 2011

lzf

thanks for share.

February 21, 2011

Kringstad

Hello,
The bulbs I was using are 13watt florescent bulbs which are equivalent to about 25 watt incandescent bulbs. The box in the video is about 1 foot (30cm) on each side. The front side may be a little wider. I place the subject in about the middle of the box and shoot from the open side with no fabric. The lamps I was using are no special lamps, they are just what I had around the house. Any kind of lamp that you can put a light bulb in will work.
I hope this helps and please respond if you have more questions. Thanks!

February 21, 2011

Igordabari

Could you tell: 1) What is bulb power? 2) What is appr. the box sizes? 3) What side of your parallelepiped serves as window for shooting: butt-end edge or one of the 'long' sides (excuse me for my non-perfect English)? 3) Video shows not only "daylight" bulbs but also some special p h o t o - lamps, or it is my mistake?

I like your idea much and would like to try it. Thanks for sharing!

February 19, 2011

Mjskehan

Awesome tip, thanks!

February 19, 2011

Yuritz

Agree on the results,looks like your pictures turned out well with it.
Congrats and thanks for sharing

February 16, 2011

Kringstad

Wow. Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone! Looks like my first blog is a success (542 views in about 40 hrs). I think I will continue to share my tips with everyone.

February 16, 2011

Joe1971

Thanks!!!

February 15, 2011

Kimson1972

..good ideas all the way..!..great...!

February 15, 2011

Mariaam

This is great! Thanks for sharing!

February 15, 2011

Sobek85

Great thanks for this

February 15, 2011

smartview27

Thanks!

February 15, 2011

Scottysally2

Thanks for sharing this, it worked well, your images turned out great. :)

February 15, 2011

Trottola

Thanks for sharing, your pictures are great!

February 14, 2011

Picstudio

Nice video.

February 14, 2011

Cammeraydave

I Like it ! Thanks, Dave

February 14, 2011

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing... it sure works well....

February 14, 2011

Kringstad

Oops sorry about that. It should work now

February 14, 2011

Helenlbuxton

The images are great, Alek ... I've been doing something similar with Ikea clip-on desk lamps, baking parchment & kitchen tin foil (no box as yet). For my speciality, though (food), I'm not always overjoyed with the results I get. I definitely prefer natural light (which also has its challenges!). Still, it's good to know that it's possible to get decent results with a bit of experimenting without spending the earth! All the best.

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