Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to Create a Light Box to Photograph Your Cakes!
Start with a box, sized to suits your needs, preferably square in shape. Pick it up anywhere; new or used from work or from the back side of a strip malls, grocery store, appliance store, etc.  The thicker it is the better.


You'll need fabric.  White muslin, nylon or fleece works well and can be found at any fabric or craft store.  If you don't have the money you can recycle some old sheets, curtains or clothing.  It'll have to be large enough to cover the entire box.  Use tape to secure it to the inside of the box if you want to make it so use other colors.  Otherwise you can glue it permanently with a glue stick or adhesive spray.
Take 3 sheets of white Bristol board 2 to line your box and 1 for the back round.  Depending on the size of your box you may need more. Bristol board is a heavyweight paper (.006″ Thick) that is used in drawing/art.  If you want additional colors to experiment with then purchase that as well.
Desk work lamp or clip on lamp for lighting.  Home Depot had two kinds, A smaller reflector dish (5″) or 10.5″ reflector.
Miscellaneous Tools ‘ Tape ruler, Ruler or any straight edge, scissors and knife
Once you have the materials we're ready to make a light tent step by step. When your done you can take nice clean and crisp product shots.
 With a tape measure and marker measure in 2″ from the side of the box and mark it multiple points. When your done you will see your border, connect the points using your straight edge so you have a nice looking square/rectangle in the middle of the box with a 2″ border around it. Leave the top and bottom of the box alone as you will not need to mark it.  
Step2Measure


Take your Bristol board and mark lines every two inches, 16 times. Cut out 16 strips with your scissors.
Glue the paper strips into the box. Make sure the side with marker goes against the cardboard so it isn't seen.

Step3Cut-1

Take another piece of Bristol board and cut is so the width is the same as the inside of the box and the length is much longer than the box.


Place the long piece of Bristol board into the box so the piece curves to the bottom. Avoid creasing as it will show up in your photo. Cut off excess paper along the top edge.
Step4Line-1

Cut your fabric so it will cover the holes. Then cut a big piece so it will cover the top of the box.  Tape the fabric so covers the holes in the box except the one facing your background. Then tape the top piece on.


Place the long piece of Bristol board into the box to where the piece curves to the bottom. Avoid creasing as it will show up in your photo. Cut off excess paper that is sticking out the top.
Step4Line-1

Cut your fabric to cover the holes. Then cut a big piece to cover the top of the box.
Tape the fabric to cover the holes in the box except the one that is facing your background. Then tape the top piece on.

Step7Complete-1

Completed Light Box!  Looks great!

  

Now light the top of the box and start shooting!

Step8Light

There are many variations you can do to get the photo you want. Shadow problems can be fixed by lighting the other sides of the box. If you’re getting vignetting try a lens hood or move the lens more into the box. I use Photoshop to edit some of my photos. It's great to remove the dust that specks that might be on the object or camera lens. You can also use Photoshop to adjust the brightness and contrast.

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Now light the top of the box and start shooting!

Until next time..........Happy Baking Shooting!



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