I was just over that the Scrapmaster’s Paradise Forum and we are having a discussion about light boxes and photography techniques. Many crafters take photos of cards and layouts but don’t really know the improved quality that you can achieve with a simple photo tent or micro light box. So, I wanted to show you what I use to give you some ideas on how to improve your crafty photos.
Here is a the micro light box that my dad built for me (isn’t he handy!?) :
It’s a wooden frame and a wooden floor wrapped in this thin, white stretch polyester fabric. I decided to go with this kind of fabric because, as you can see I can ‘push’ the light further in or out to change the intensity and quality of the light. I’ve actually used two aluminum work lights that can be found in a hardware store because they are cheap, but they still take small true-color bulbs. I need to go and get one of the larger ones to put on the top – then I will really be in business, lol!
Here is a shot where you can see the lamps I use:
The one downside is that these lamps get hot pretty fast. I’ve never really had a problem, but I am careful never to leave them on when they are not in use, so I don’t let them get TOO hot. There are other slightly more expensive alternatives but these work for me right now.
I used to have a homemade photobox (which worked well also) that I made from cardboard and tissue, but it collapsed a lot and I got frustrated with it. You might have more luck – try searching for tutorials online, there are TONS!
Another thing to consider is that my setup is not easily moved. I am fortunate to have a permanent place to keep mine set up, but if you need to transport or break it down often – I’d look into a photo tent that can be collapsed.
Here is the quality of the photos I take before I brighten them a bit in PSE:
Then, I increase the ‘blacks’ a little (In PSE8: Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Levels) and I make it a bit brighter (Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Brightness/Contrast) and here we are:
I really love my little light box. It makes it SO easy to get photos of my crafts that really LOOK like the original thing I made instead of being dark and distorted.
Thanks for taking a look today! Hope this inspires you to try some different techniques with your craft photography!
Keep it royal people!