I posted one of my boxes earlier in the week and promised I would blog my light box.
If you have researched this you will know I obviously did not come up with this idea. In fact, I think there are others on Ljs. This is simply my version. I am a woodworker, not a photographer, so take all this with a grain of salt. As I develop the box further, I will add to the blog. I have not done anything yet I didn’t tweak over time, so why change now, huh! It’s called design evolution, not fixing screw-ups.
The box is pretty simple. I used 3/4” plywood for the bottom, 1/4” ply for the back, and scrap poplar for the side frames. anything you have will work. I have even seen them out of cardboard boxes with the sides cut out.
I forgot to measure mine, but the size is determined my what you plan on photographing. I will primarily do boxes. I painted mine black because—-well just because. If you know me, you know I don’t do simple. And of course I apologize—there is no exotic hardwood on this.
The white fabric is to diffuse the light so there is not a harsh glare. Notice I have mounted the first layer and folded it so the second layer remains loose. I am able to control the light this way by folding out the top layer over the first when needed. I happen to find these lights at Lowes, but you may use what is available. Small wattage seems better, but you could also use a dimmer, which I may add later. There are obviously different ways to control the light. With different brackets, you can set the lights where you need them for the different projects you might have. You have to experiment with each project. I like the power strip mounted on the back of the box. I can turn all the lights on and off at once, or use individual switches on the lights themselves. I used blck felt to line the inside. It is mounted with vecro. I have other colors that can easily be changed as needed.
If you have questions, feel free to ask. I probably won’t know, but I can make something up.