For the past few months, I have been working on a commercial photography project for a local client.
This commercial project focuses on food, which is a nice change from portrait photography. However, it also means that I needed to do a little research on best lighting practices to make a plate of food shine.
Since I was starting out in the photo business, I did not have the finances to purchase all my necessary professional photography equipment. However, I knew that there had to be several great DIY photography projects to creatively save and make use of what I already had… my crafting supplies.
Voila! I decided to make my own DIY photo soft box!
Would you like to make one to showcase your food or product? Continue reading, and I am sure you will find that you have many of the same items too.
X-ACTO knife or utility blade
white duct tape/masking tape
white butcher paper
Step 1. Pick out a cardboard box.
I went to my local Costco to find a medium-sized box.
Step 2. Mark edges to cut out panels of the cardboard box.
I cut out the top, front, and left and right sides of the box. Essentially, I left the corners and edging to secure tape.
Step 3. Tape the inside with white duct tape.
I like to create a seamless look without having to fix it in Photoshop. By covering the cardboard edges using white duct tape, you will have a cleaner look to showcase your product.
As I added white duct tape from the inside of the box, the rest of the duct tape is left exposed. This will be perfect for the next step.
Step 4. Cut out and add wax paper to the top, left, and right sides.
You do not need additional tape to secure the wax paper. Depending on the size of your box, it will cover seamlessly over the top and sides.
Step 5. Add a white butcher paper inside.
You can use scotch tape or more white duct tape to secure it inside at the top.
Step 6. Voila! Project complete!
You have your own DIY photo soft box! The great thing about this project is that you probably have 90% of the materials already! And if you don’t have a big enough box, stop by a local store, and I am sure you can ask for a nice-sized box to make this photo soft box.
Had I gone and purchased a photography soft box kit at my local camera shop, I would have paid $150-$200. Instead I made this for $0 (not including my time) and used natural lighting by my window to photograph this:
Have you made a photo soft box before? How did it turn out?
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From my hometown to yours,