Light Box Made With PVC and Verilux Lighting
My photos have come a long way in the last year on The Stuff of Success. But there is always room for improvement. Now that it is dark in the morning when I leave for work and dark at night when I get home – my opportunities for taking pictures of the items I need to review, the projects I am undertaking are much more slim. I used to come home from work, open my mail and start taking photos as soon as everyone was settled into their evening routine. With the lost daylight I either need to find a way to adjust my photos or wait til I have access to daylight on a weekend.
Don’t get me wrong there really is no substitute for a beautiful day in the neighborhood when it comes to taking photos. But it cannot be the only option. Lack of daylight will really impact my blogging in a timely fashion.
I have wanted to make a light box for some time but just couldn’t bring myself to spend a great deal of money on purchasing one and although I could make one pretty inexpensively with a cardboard box – I really didn’t want that hanging around my house.
I do many projects with PVC piping so why not go that route to create a light box. It is light weight, portable, easy to store, collapsible, and inexpensive to make.
A PVC light box can be made any size you want. I made mine approximately 16×16. It is not a true box – which is easy enough to do but I wanted it to be collapsible so I made it “table” like where the legs can just fold into itself.
That means I can take it anywhere I go. Of course the lamps are a bit bulky but still quite manageable.
I used Verilux Natural Spectrum Lighting – the equivalent of 100W. You must use natural lighting bulbs to make sure your photos are crisp.
I picked up some inexpensive clamp lights (3 of them) to be clamped one on each side and one on top.
To build the light box you need 1/2″ PVC piping. If I wanted to make it very large, I would use 3/4″ PVC.
4 15 inch legs
4 12 inch cross bars
Then simply purchase some strips of Muslin or white sheets – I need larger strips but this still works. If this were a permanent box I would actually attach the muslin to it but since I fold it up, I merely lay the muslin over all sides of it.
You can use fabric for the background or poster board. In this photo there is just another strip of muslin hung over the rear bar but you could hang any type of fabric over it. I actually sit this right on the kitchen table or on the couch to take photos.
And side by side comparison so you can see just how much the light box photo has improved the quality. The photo on the left has some shadowing, the details of the car are not very clear and it is just not that appealing. I can do some editing to make it a bit nicer but not entirely.
The photo on the right was with my “new” light box and on the same muslin background. I wouldn’t ordinarily use muslin as a background but it was what I had on hand at the moment.
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