HOW TO CREATE A LIGHTBOX FOR POCKET CHANGE!

DIY Lightbox

CREATING A SUPER CHEAP LIGHTING SETUP FOR OBJECT PHOTOGRAPHY



This LIGHTBOX TUTORIAL is MASSIVE (it's really 11 tutorials wrapped up into 1) and through video demonstrations, you will learn how, for barely any money, with very cheap lights, you can make your very own mini photography studio! Yes, by using a cheaply made lightbox, you can achieve the same results pro photographers would get using a very expensive lighting setup!

So IF...

you have a product you want to sell

you want to show off your culinary skills with great photos

you want to give your blog a more professional look with awesome photos

you want to attract more eyeballs on Ebay

you are a graphic designer/photographer looking to improve

you want make money with stock photography

you simply have a passion for photography


THEN THIS IS A TUTORIAL FOR YOU!


DIY Lightbox

The lights you see above were bought at dollar stores and hardware stores, most of them for less than $5. We will not use all of them for the different lightbox setups in this tutorial but I did test them all and only ended up using the best ones. For this tutorial(s), you will need a box cutter, some tape, cisors and a few accessories you can buy for pennies which we will use to decorate the inside of the box as well as use to diffuse, reflect and direct the lights. We will talk in more depth above those in the videos.

DIY Lightbox

The photo you see above is the starting point of one of the setup we will be using to get the white "infiniti" background. We will be using a square foot cardboard box that we will transform into a mini photo studio.

BELOW ARE THE IMAGES WE WILL RECREATE, FROM THE LIGHTING SETUP TO THE EDITING PROCESS


ALL the photos below were taken using the various LIGHTBOXES I build. I used different lighting setups, backgrounds, etc.. for all of those photos and through VIDEO tutorials, I will show you STEP-BY-STEP how I created each setup. Also, for each of the photos you see below, I'll show you STEP-BY-STEP how I edited and retouched them in Photoshop.

THE BURGER - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox


In this tutorial, we will focus on setting up the lightbox to create the burger photo above. This is a very versatile setup, with few changes you could create a pitch black background for exemple. Perfect for ads.

THE ICE CREAM - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox



For this tutorial, I wanted to create a set-up with a colorful background. I chose blue which was the perfect contrast for my pink ice cream and raspberries. Of course, you can replace blue with any colors you want!

THE MONSTER CANS / BLACK BACKGROUND - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox

This tutorial focuses on created a black background for your products with a hint of spotlight that also illuminates the background. Perfect for poster ads.

THE MONSTER CANS / WHITE BACKGROUND - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox

In this tutorial, we will be focusing on creating a lighting set-up that will produce a white background for our objects. The goal here is to get that "infinity" look. The white background is a very popular look and is suitable for everything.

THE STRAWBERRY CAKE / DARK BACKGROUND - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox



Now in this tutorial, we will focus on creating a more complex background. Instead of the background being just one color, we can litteraly decorate the lightbox the way we want and give it a more natural look.

THE STRAWBERRY CAKE / WHITE BACKGROUND - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox

In this tutorial, we also create a white background for our object but we are going to use a different lighting set-up that is going to give our object more shadows and depth.

THE FRUIT PLATE - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox

The set-up I use for this one is actually the same I used for the strawberry cake. Another exemple of what this set-up can do for you.

THE BOSTON CAKE - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox

For this one, I used the same lighting set-up as I used for the strawberry cake (dark background) but color graded it differently. For each of those photos, I made a tutorial showing you excatly how I color graded the photos in Photoshop.

THE TOKINA - TUTORIAL
DIY Lightbox

Another white background tutorial. For this one I used the cheapest lighting set-up I could get away with and it works perfectly fine!



Note: I'll tell you inside the member area where to get, online and offline, all the lights and other materials I used for this light box tutorial. You'll also have access to the raw photo files for the color correcting/editing tutorials.



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