focal length: 70 mm
shutter speed: 1/80
aperture: f/8
ISO: 640
flash: fired, off-camera

The other day, I constructed a very simple light box in preparation for our photo club meeting featuring basic product shots or macro photography.

All you need is for the light box is:

  • a cardboard box
  • white tissue paper
  • tape
  • utility knife or scissors
  • white poster board
  • Detailed instructions can be found at Strobist here.

    This is what mine looks like:

    In the setup above, you can see that I used only one flash off-camera and natural light on the left. Having three diffusing panels (of tissue paper) allows me to light the subject from three directions if I choose to do so.

    Here are a few more shots using the same setup.

    focal length: 62 mm
    shutter speed: 1/30
    aperture: f/6.3
    ISO: 320
    flash: fired, off-camera

    focal length: 62 mm
    shutter speed: 1/30
    aperture: f/6.3
    ISO: 320
    flash: fired, off-camera

    focal length: 70 mm
    shutter speed: 1/80
    aperture: f/4.9
    ISO: 320
    flash: fired, off-camera

    Very simply, clean and easy. Perhaps you can make it a rainy day craft project for yourself. I’d recommend making the box while your 2-year old is sleeping, otherwise, it’ll take a lot longer than it should.

    Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.