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Top 5 ways to build your own DIY Light Box

Why do I need a light box? If you want to shoot products or elements you want to use in montages or collages you save yourself a lot of time if you don’t have to cut the background out. And, maybe the most helpful, you have full control over the light. Now, of course you can buy a light box but you can also make them yourself for a lot less money. Here are 5 ways to do it:

Collapsible Light Box For Those Short On Space And Cash

Light tent by aimabo on Instructables

Light tent by aimabo on Instructables

This one is incredibly easy to build, cheap and functional. It takes up almost no space at all and you can rebuild it anywhere you like in seconds. Check aimabos instruction on how to build this light tent on Instructables here:

How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent

How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent by Jeffrey Bail on dPS

How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent by Jeffrey Bail on dPS

This Light Tent by digital Photography School Forum User Jeffrey Bail is a little bit more sophisticated and stable. It can’t be collapsed for easy transportation so this one may be better for attached home use. It also uses fabric as walls and therefore it should be easier to control the lightning on this one.

Check out the blogpost on digitial Photography School to get the instructions.

A paper & Binder Clip Light Tent

Cheap, Green & Diffuse: A Paper & Binder Clip Light Tent on The Mostly Color Channel

Cheap, Green & Diffuse: A Paper & Binder Clip Light Tent on The Mostly Color Channel

You need a Light Tent right now and don’t even have time to go to the next hardware shop? Nathan Moroney over at The Mostly Color Channel is here to help you. This Light Tent might cost you nothing because most people have all materials laying around at home anyway.

A Light Box in a Suitcase

Cheap light box by bigtreehouse on instructables

Cheap light box by bigtreehouse on instructables

This extravagant Light Box is for all of you with special portability needs (it even got a stealth bonus). The Light Box in a suitcase gives you an instant opportunity to shoot wherever you go with it. No need to build it up first.

DIY Photography Lightbox (PVC)

DIY Photography Lightbox by Doug on DDTU

DIY Photography Lightbox by Doug on DDTU

This box is built with PVC tubes and fabric. It is probably the best for long term use because cardboard will ultimately fail you at some time.

Cool, but…

you don’t want to build your own? There are plenty of offers available online where you can buy one made for you. Here are some on which I get money if you buy them (if you don’t build your own you can at least help me out):

Your turn

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