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Lightcube (Photobox, Lightbox) do it yourself for 300r


Macro photography and subject photography require good lighting. However, it’s quite difficult to properly illuminate an object to show its natural color, details and beauty. Lightcube is a great solution. It provides light scattering and creates a uniform background on which to place the object. Although a light cube can be expensive, this article will tell you how to make a lightcube for only 60 rubles (or even free if you already have the necessary materials).

Put the box on its side. The hole should be directed towards you.

Why so?

There are many articles on the net about how to make your lightcube out of a cardboard box. And I had such a cube.

At first, I liked everything about him, but the minuses gradually began to appear: the speed of production negatively affects the life expectancy, the size of the light box is periodically lacking (my last “cube” was 35 * 35 * 40 cm), the cardboard skeleton is easily damaged when replacing the “diffusers” ”And the subject table (they break and get dirty with time).

Therefore, I decided to replace the skeleton of the “cube” with a stronger one, and make it of the dimensions I need, and not start from what size I have cardboard boxes.


The idea to make a skeleton from a wire box came spontaneously while visiting a hardware store - for my “cube” I took 3 sticks 2 meters long.

To create a lightbox you will need

• Whatman
• Box for wires
• Corrugated paper
• Double-sided tape
• Small carnations

20p, Corrugated paper

In the photo at the beginning of the last section you can see 2 lamps and 2 lamps. Before that I had a table lamp and a clothespin, but they had different socles. I decided to buy the second one of the same “clothespin” and take two energy-saving lamps - 23W (corresponding to 160W for an incandescent lamp), 4200K (bright white light). Such 2 lamps and 2 lamps will cost 800-900r.

I’ll make a reservation right away - I do not pretend to be optimally designed, because how to connect the faces of the “cube” to each other I decided on the go. But what I got in the end, I liked it, and I decided to talk about it.

The boxes were cut as follows: 4 pieces of 50cm and 8 pieces of 35cm (it was these lightbox sizes that seemed optimal for use / storage):

In order to connect the “sticks” to each other, I used the feature of the boxes - a hollow design:

And the connection points were fixed with small carnations:

First made the sides:

And then he again used the hollow design of the boxes for the construction of the base:

After some time, the skeleton was ready:

When I fastened all the sticks together and got a box, I decided to add two extensions to the back wall to increase strength and stability. He made stretch marks from the remaining parts. He also added one “rail” to the bottom, so that the future bottom of the cardboard does not sag down.

After he attached the bottom and pasted the paper (to make a “subject table”):

At the end, I glued corrugated paper on the sides and on top of the lightbox:

That's it, lightbox is ready. With its large size, the lightbox turned out to be durable - it does not stagger or bend. For the sake of the experiment, “accidentally” dropped the structure off the table a couple of times - the skeleton remained intact, even the paper on the sides did not have to be changed. And since the lightbox with such dimensions turned out to be quite durable, if it were smaller, say 20x20x20cm, then it would be even stronger. And such a photobox is easy to make the sizes you want.

Lightbox working condition:

The purchased bulbs noticeably “crawl out” of the lamp housing, so I made a “continuation” of the paper housing to better focus the light on the lightbox, and also to prevent direct rays from getting into my eyes.

Examples of received photos

For a couple of years now, my camera has been the Nikon Coolpix L110 (budget hyperzoom). All pictures were taken using it.

It turned out an inexpensive, but durable lightbox, the price of which is only 300 rubles. I hope this article comes in handy for someone.

Option one

If you need a lightbox quickly, then use this method. To get started, prepare everything you need:

  • a plastic container with transparent walls (they should not have patterns, protrusions and other details),
  • a large sheet of paper or roll,
  • white not very dense fabric
  • universal glue,
  • three small bulbs with clamps.

  1. Everything is extremely simple. Take the container and fill it with cloth or paper. If the subject is small, and you will take it from one angle in front, then there is enough paper that you just need to cover the bottom and one of the wide sides (or two sides for softer and more diffuse lighting). Fasten the material for reliability.
  2. If you want to photograph objects from different angles, then you need to cover the entire inside of the container with a white cloth, gluing it to the walls with universal glue. But it is desirable to fix the material around the edges so that traces of the adhesive on the transparent parts are not noticeable and do not spoil the photo.
  3. Lay the finished container on its side so that it lies along, that is, on the wide side. Fix two bulbs with clips on the sides of the structure, and one on top. For a shot from one angle, in principle, one top light source is enough.
  4. Turn on the appliances and start shooting!

Second option

Such a lightcube is also done quite simply. It will take this:

  • cardboard box,
  • plain white paper, tracing paper or white cloth,
  • stapler (can be a construction or ordinary clerical, but large),
  • stationery knife, scissors,
  • pencil and ruler.

  1. Cut flaps near the box so that they do not interfere.
  2. Now you need to cut the walls, stepping around the edges one or two centimeters. To make the slices even and neat, measure the desired distance with a ruler and draw lines with a pencil. Direct the clerical knife or sharp scissors along the created contours.
  3. From the inside, tighten the box with paper or cloth, fixing it on the remaining edges with a stapler. But the brackets should be on the outside so that they do not fall into the frame when shooting. Instead, you can use buttons or even high-quality universal glue.
  4. It remains to place lighting devices on the sides and top and start shooting. The lamps can be placed on other small boxes located on both sides of the fixture. That may be enough. For bright and clear pictures, place one source on top, fixing it on the box itself (but it should be strong enough for such a load).

Tips for beginners and professional photographers

Finally, a few practical recommendations that will make the pictures even more vivid, high-quality and original:

  • Use only matte materials without embossed patterns for lining the lightcube. Gloss will reflect the rays of light, not letting them in from the outside or creating glare when it hits the surface. A complex texture will distort the lighting.
  • Try to experiment and use not white fabric, but materials of other shades.
  • You can shoot objects not from the front, but from above, by putting the lightbox with the open window up and sitting with the camera above it.
  • Decide on the size of the device in advance so that it fits any objects that you prefer to photograph.
  • It is better not to use a flash when shooting, there should be enough light anyway.

You can take bright and clear pictures at home with your own hands. But for this you will need a special device - a lightcube. And now you can make it yourself.

What is a lightcube?

Lightcube is a design that allows you to soften the light that hits the subject.
Passing through a translucent material, the light stream is scattered and the subject is illuminated with soft light.

Light cube is a device for shadowless subject and macro photos.
Photo boxing is an inexpensive solution for offsite photography when you want to shoot objects using soft lighting.

In general, a lightcube for subject shooting is a good friend and assistant when you need to show the beauty of an object or product made by your hands.

Like any other tool, a light box has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we will consider.

Advantages of boxing photos.

A light cube is a device that can replace a special subject table the photographer.

Photo box allows you to create beautiful photos without use softboxes, umbrellas and others diffusers.

Shadowless boxing is an inexpensive and versatile device for mass photography.
A shadowless tent allows you to take pictures quickly and get pictures of evenly lit products on a white background that do not require clipping (additional processing in photo editor).

A light cube for taking pictures will help you make good subject photos at the minimum cost for the purchase of illuminators. To create photos you just need 2 light sources.

Lightcube for subject photography allows you to organize shadowless photography subjects.
This is probably the main advantage of a lightcube for subject shooting.
Shadowless photographysubjects Is when subject photos objects that surround it at the time of photography are not reflected. Including you, dear.

Disadvantages of lightcube.

Light cubes having built-in sources of light, do not allow you to adjust the level of lighting and change location illuminators.

If it's small, it's hard to do anything inside the cublight. What is happening inside the photobox is difficult to see from the outside (in detail), because its body does not allow us to consider and evaluate how the object is illuminated.

It’s hard to get full contrast in the photo reflexes without introducing additional nameplates (reflectors and light absorbers).

If the subject is white, its edges (edges) may disappear or blur during photography. Especially if the light tent is small and the subject is large. To eliminate this defect, you have to accurately align the light.

For this, a light cube was invented so as not to give pronounced shadows. In some cases, this is not beneficial, since photograph It turns out flat.

When shooting silver jewelry you have to build the exact balance between the background light and the color of the product itself. Big help here camera matrix.

If you look in detail, it’s quite possible you should have an assistant who can significantly improve Photo Yours.

DIY lightcube.

Let's think it over.
Maybe it makes sense not to buy a factory photo box for subject shooting, but to make a homemade one?

After all, people live in the world whose hands grow from the right place. Do not feed them bread, but give something to make the noble.
And if you are needlework and a great craftsman, then you have the opportunity to make a light cube with your own hands.

How to make a lightcube?

Shadowless boxing number 1.

Take a few sheets of paper, add scotch tape and spend a minimum of time creating the simplest device that will improve your subject photos.

The technology is not very secret, belongs to

and easy to execute:

Such a tiny light cube for a photo is quite suitable for photography small items.

And if you take a piece of thick wire and attach skillful hands to it,

as Victor Naumik did,

you get such a photo box for subject shooting.

Shooting in a photobox of this design will help you get very nice photos.

Well, what if the wire is a little thinner? Then you can create such a photo box for a photo

If you don’t really like to mess around with wire, but respect shopping, what’s the matter? Appear in a popular supermarket, buy a laundry basket and she

fully perform the function lightcube. And if the fabric for the light cube turns out to be not quite white or too little light-transmitting, replace the fabric with a non-woven fabric, for example.

Well, if you’re tired of shopping, pay attention to your home or your relatives. And if you scrape around the gophers, it’s quite possible that there will be foam sheets that are not glued to the ceiling, from which you can make up a very decent mini photo box.

Recent studies have shown that not only cats love cardboard boxes.
A large number of people who are addicted needlework, cardboard semi-finished products are highly respected, and what only do they do. Here, for example, is a simple solution that offers

Watch how an ordinary box turns into a mini light tube in a few minutes.

And in order not to complicate his life, the author offers only one illuminator as a lamp for a photobox.

You may not believe, however, photographs taken by the author

Light box number 7.

And here is what another site offers you:

Author name is

tells in detail how to cut windows, where, what to glue or tighten.

Light cube number 8.

A similar design with instructions offers

Come see how to assemble a light cube.

Everything is simple and effective.

BUT cool photos are obtained

By the way ...
Have you already checked the availability of polystyrene in the apartments and offices of everyone you know?
Here are recommendations for you on how to assemble a photobox from packaging foam from a computer. Talks about it

Shooting in a lightcube this gives very decent results.

Once again showing why photoboxing is needed and confirming its merits.

Well, if you like reliable and durable constructions, you will like tips

Here is his version

how to make a light cube

and shows how to shoot in lightcube.

Shadowless boxing number 11.

A more elegant solution offers

in the instructions on how to make a photo box.

To create a wireframe boxing photo he used boxes for wiring.

The result was simple, beautiful and

efficiently working design.

Here is another story that Vadim Vachaev told.

About how from simple plastic panels,

with skillful hands

get quite goodphoto boxhaving built-in illuminators.

Here is another, at first glance, a complex design that created

He also told in detail what and how to do in order to receive

such cool photos.

But this design deserves the closest attention.
In the picture you see how the light for lightcube is organized based on the author’s experience of creating beautiful subject photographs.

This is an example of how to make a photo box on the "base" of the box from a 19-inch monitor, which "works" very effectively.

And finally, one of the most successful designs, which (long time ago) was invented and made by Sergey Shcherbakov -

Here you have a wonderful device, which can be subject table

and helper to create interesting photos.

The best photo boxing?

If you go through the expanses of the Internet, you will notice that the most common are cardboard boxes with carved rectangular windows that are glued or covered with translucent material.
Ordinary tracing paper, special cloth for photobox or non woven fabricthat scatters the light, making it soft and shallow.

The inner surface of such a box, if it is gray, is pasted over with white paper, which serves reflector.
In some lightboxes objects can be lit from the sides and top.
And the most effective models homemadephoto boxes have a transparent or translucent bottom through which objects can be highlighted.

Maybe it's better to buy a lightcube?

There are many versions branded light tubes.
They are different. Their choice is significant.
And with built-in illuminators, and folding metal, and plastic, and with a tubular frame, and round, and triangular, and "tent-like", and even with pearl buttons.

So if you are not ready or not able to do, buy a photobox.
Including because it can be folded and taken to the country. And there is such a beautiful light, but the real ...

In general, manufacturers are trying to make you a holiday.
They will organize everything for you and so that your photographic destiny becomes easier and more winged (in the sense, more inspired). Well, and to think, but to develop the ability to feel, before making a decision.

See how great!

You managed to not only quickly run through this story, but also understand something significant.
This is important for you because you can make the right choice for yourself.
To solve those task photothat may not have been able to solve for a long time.

What else is valuable in this message?
A reminder that light plays a crucial role in photography.
You control it.
That he allows you create photos.
It helps you identify volume, texture, shape and beauty. the subject of photography.
BUT light box - this is another good helper in creating beautiful photos.

Yes, I almost forgot ...
Determine for yourself, I'm talking about joy or sorrow.

You know, when the time comes and lightcub for subject shooting will you absolutely not need?
When you have a good soft box!
And this is another, no less interesting story about how to create beautiful subject photos.

And finally ...
A lot of useful and valuable information on how to create beautiful photos!

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Should you create photo box for photos do it yourself? Study this story carefully, evaluate your capabilities and make a decision carefully.

Posted by Vitaliy Grebennikov, Russian Photography website