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DIY Light Box – The Coolest Idea Ever

Although I’m very grateful for the home we are renting while we’re in transition, I do wish we had more sunlight shining in through our windows.  If you have a food blog, you more than likely understand the importance of natural lighting for food photography.  Even if we did have a good source of natural light flooding in our home, now that winter is here, it is dark by the time I get home from work and the gym.  In fact, around here it starts getting dark at 3:30 PM!  How depressing!

When I saw this idea on BlakeMakes, almost two months ago, I can’t even tell you how excited I was!  It was my intention to go out right away and buy the supplies and build my own.  But, life and procrastination got in the way and it wasn’t until tonight that I finally put it together.

The box is very simple and cheap to put together.  Here’s what you need (prices are estimates based on what I paid):

Two 100W Daylight Bulbs (Home Depot $7/ea.)


Two Clamp Lights (Home Depot $7/ea.)
1-14-clamp-light1Five White Foam Boards (Walmart $3/ea.)
Foam BoardMasking Tape (Walmart $3)
Masking Tape

And here is the end result:

DIY Light Box

Now, let me show you a quick example of how helpful a light box is.  Yesterday, I made pumpkin scones for breakfast.  We had some leftover, so I used them to test out my new light box.  Look at the difference between taking a picture in the box without the daylight bulbs on (left) and then with them on (right).  The picture on the right looks so much better!

Light Box Comparison

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  1. Great post! I’ve been wanting to make a light box forever too but haven’t found such a concise post (complete with video!) on how to do it. I’m going out to get supplies this week!

  2. This is a great idea! I will try to make one for myself :)

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