Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to make my own Pinspired light box for taking better photographs for My Fashion Haus and Tasty Tuesday posts. And I am happy to report that I am able to access Pinterest again using Google Chrome. Not sure what the issue was but glad it was resolved.
My light box project had a couple of things going for it. The supplies were readily available and free or almost so. It was something I could do quickly and easily. And bonus, the end product was something I had been wanting to try using with my photography. Don’t know about you, but free and easy speaks to me every time. The pins that were my pinspiration for this pinterventure are here and here. Let me show you how to make one of these for yourself.
Pinspired Photography Light Box
A lot of the bloggers I follow and ‘hang out’ with in the blog world have upped their photography game. I keep saying I am going to start using my good camera, tripod, light kit more often. But bottom line is I’m a lazy photographer. I don’t feel like dragging all of that stuff out all the time. Hoping my new toy will encourage me to put more effort and care in my blog photography.
- cardboard box, mine is about 12″ x 12″ (which turned out to be too small)
- marker or pencil
- box cutter
- white tissue paper
- Measure a square ‘window’ to be cut out of 3 sides of your box. Each window should be the same size with a 1 1/2″ frame around the opening
- Use the box cutter to cut the 3 windows out of your box. These little box cutters were really too flimsy to do the trick so I would invest in a heavier duty box cutter, if you don’t have one.
- Leave the bottom and one side of the box uncut
- Spread one sheet of tissue paper over each opening and tape it in place. I used Scotch tape to tape down the corners. Then used packing tape all the way around to adhere the tissue paper to the box.
- Next cut off the top flap of the open end of the box to allow more light in. Might be good to cut off all of the remaining flaps.
- The last step is to measure and cut a piece of poster board that will become the floor and back ground for the light box. White poster board, of course.
- I measured the width and length my poster board backdrop would need to be and decided – IN ERROR – to make it a little smaller so it would fit easily into the box. Mistake! Because I have little brown edges showing where the poster board doesn’t cover the box completely. I should have measured and cut the board almost exactly the right size. This is easy to fix…later.
Purrsnickitty was such a doll to hold my poster board still while I measured it. Who says you can’t get good help these days! Had to chase her out of the light box so that I could put the back drop in.
So, I got to here writing my post and realized something was missing. I had never taken picture of the finished project. Or the light box in use! Which is the whole reason why we are here, for pity sake.
Ta-da! You’re welcome. When I get crazy like that and forget what I’m doing, feel free to nudge me.
I set up the light box on my ironing board (which I should be putting to proper use right now!) and put my lamps at approximately the same height and distance on each side of the box. And then I began taking pictures of items inside the light box.
What do you think? Here’s another image of a science experiment Cady and I did together.
I think this next one turned out best. Saw gingham pumpkins at Hobby Lobby and have twice put them in my cart. Then, upon hearing my PC’s voice in my head saying “No more decorations…especially pumpkins!”, I’ve set them back down. Today when I was buying my poster board for this project, I stumbled across this little plaid pumpkin. It was half the price of those at Walmart and was whispering my name. Surely my Prince won’t mind just one more little pumpkin, especially since I saved money on it!!
Have a third light that I am thinking of shining down from the top. And will need to play around with the settings on my camera to get the best shots. But overall, I am pleased with how my project turned out and the photos I have taken using it.
One thing I did discover…my box is really too small. Waaaaaa! Hate that! So, for it to be of real use, I need to make another using a larger box. As soon as I cut this one out, PC received something from Amazon that was about 6″ big…maybe a baseball?…packed in this ridiculously large box. I set the box aside thinking it would have been perfect for my light box. And now I can make a larger light box with it.
This was certainly a project my Purrsnickitty enjoyed. I guess I need a third box to make her her own light box.
Is this a project you might try? Would you have use for an inexpensive=free light box for some of your photography projects? I think this little one will work okay for photographing plates of food, or jewelry or maybe shoes, as long as my foot doesn’t get much bigger. Will get busy on that second light box this weekend.
Do you have a Pinspired project to share. Join us! To join next month’s #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ September Pinterest Challenge. You can bet I will be there!
Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!
Erlene – My Pinterventures • Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Alexandra – EyeLoveKnots • Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey
Chelc – Inside The Fox Den • Erin – The Usual Mayhem
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Lynne – My Family Thyme
Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Lauren – Mom Home Guide • Emily – Domestic Deadline
Debra – Shoppe No. 5 • Roseann – This Autoimmune Life
Terri – Our Good Life • Lisa – Blogghetti
Kelli – The Olympic Nest • Rebecca – Hello Central Avenue
Bri – Halfpint Design • Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed
Julie – Sum of their Stories
Thanks, dolls, for always supporting the crazy that is me and my world. I appreciate you stopping by and hope you will come back again and stay even longer next time. Have a great week.
Hugs and kisses,