Monday, February 16, 2009

Taking Photos

I have spent the day photographing work for my Etsy store. Here are a few shots of my makeshift photo studio. It is a very cheap setup, but it works for me. If you are interested in creating a similar lightbox all you need is a large cardboard box, a piece of thick white paper (or whatever color you would like for the background), vellum and a 100W incandesecent bulb.

Cut off the top flaps of the box and tape together the bottom ones. Turn the box, so that the top opening is facing you. Cut out the right, left and top of the box, leaving an edge along the sides to attach the vellum (translucent paper). Cut the vellum to fit over the openings and attach with glue, tape or whatever. Cut the thick white paper (or any other color you would prefer) to fit the interior dimensions of the box. Attach the edge of the paper to the top back of the interior of the box. Let the paper flow foward, this will give you a smooth transition between back and bottom. You can shine your 100W bulb through the right, left or top vellum window.

If your object is too big to fit in the lightbox you can take pictures directly on a table top. Make sure the table is similar in color to the wall. My table and wall are both white, but if you'd like you can use a large piece of thick paper that can be drapped like in the lightbox. Hang a piece of vellum infront of your bulb to soften the light. Now you have a simple photo studio all of your own!!


EvaForeva said...

Congrats on being a Featured Artist on Etsy! I love your blog and I am also from Philadelphia. Your work is beautiful!

chinamommy said...

i found your blog thanks to you being featured on etsy! my mister is hooking up my kiln this summer... so i may be back with some questions for you later- hope that is ok?!
~misschell (who also has a blog:)
and an etsy store called:

miss pigeon said...

Congratulations on the Etsy Feature! Go Philly Etsy Team!

lolasmom said...

congrats on the etsy feature. i love your work. modern. elegant.

and thanks for that lightbox tutorial. i'm going to post the link on my site!

tara -

B.B. Bellezza said...

Very helpful!
Thank you!!

2 Girls and a Boy said...

I had a lightbox made but dissassembled it because I couldn't get it right. Now I'm inspired to try again, thanks!