DIY Photography "light box" mini sudio

(This picture was taken on my new "studio"!)

(This picture was taken on my new "studio"!)

Todays tutorial: A photography light box of sorts! Not exactly a box but a platform with a foreground and background for all your tutorial (or knick knack) shooting needs!  At my work we have a large "life size" one of these for shooting arrangement pictures to put on the website. Something that size however wont fit in my tiny apartment, so I made my own. In a petite size; a perfect size for shooting tutorial DIYs, product shoots even a great for a foodie photo shoot! I personally am a fan of the clean, simple, all white foreground and background but you could of course paint it whatever color suites your needs. On a side note, an easy way to change "looks" would be to use sheets of scrap booking paper from Michaels! I might have to do a separate post for the scrap booking paper foregrounds! (Do you know they make one that looks like wood floor. So cute.) So here we go!

Materials:

  • MDF wood (I got one of the larger sheets from Home Depot and had them cut it in half for me)
  • Screws (depending on how wide your wood is. I got the shortest screws I could find, BUT make sure they have a large head so they don't go all the way through your L bracket)
  • L brackets (If your wood pieces are as large as mine are, you will need a set of 3 or 4)
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Paint/ brush
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Start by panting your wood pieces. I gave mine two even coats each. Make sure they are thoroughly dry before you start painting your next coat. Let them dry completely before the next steps. 

Start by panting your wood pieces. I gave mine two even coats each. Make sure they are thoroughly dry before you start painting your next coat. Let them dry completely before the next steps. 

When your at Home Depot you'll want to make sure that the screw heads are large enough so they wont go through the holes on your L brackets. I learned that the hard way....(few trips back and forth to Home Depot later) Ha.

When your at Home Depot you'll want to make sure that the screw heads are large enough so they wont go through the holes on your L brackets. I learned that the hard way....(few trips back and forth to Home Depot later) Ha.

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Once your boards are dry you will attach them together (you may need a partner for this part). Have someone hold them together (Or you can do what I did and use your knees and a chair.. I don't advise that. Ha!) and put the L bracket on the backside and screw them on.

Once your boards are dry you will attach them together (you may need a partner for this part). Have someone hold them together (Or you can do what I did and use your knees and a chair.. I don't advise that. Ha!) and put the L bracket on the backside and screw them on.

I needed 3 brackets because my pieces of wood are so large. I put one on each end and one in the middle for extra support.

I needed 3 brackets because my pieces of wood are so large. I put one on each end and one in the middle for extra support.

To make it look extra nice, you can paint the back as well.. I didn't because I wanted to use it immediately but it's just a thought! And your finished! A super easy a useful tutorial. It's like your own little mini studio! Have fun and take awesome pictures!

To make it look extra nice, you can paint the back as well.. I didn't because I wanted to use it immediately but it's just a thought! And your finished! A super easy a useful tutorial. It's like your own little mini studio! Have fun and take awesome pictures!

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Some examples..You can't even tell that I look these on painted wood slabs!

Some examples..You can't even tell that I look these on painted wood slabs!

And here is what it looks like from afar. I hope I gave you some creative thoughts!

And here is what it looks like from afar. I hope I gave you some creative thoughts!