The title might be false advertising, but I bet anyone can make this for free. Yep, this is yet another post about making a light box, those simple contraptions that make our pics look so much better.
I've read several articles from other hobby bloggers about their pic taking setups, and I bet you have too. I'm not going to rehash why lightboxes are wonderful or how they work, I'm just going to jump into my version. However, if you have questions, just drop a comment and I'll do my best to point you to the answer. Check out my box:
1. wire clothes hangers (probably began their life at a dry cleaners and are now growing old in your closet)
2. white trace paper
|Or wax paper, which you probably|
have in your kitchen right now
|Trace paper, found at any big box hobby store|
with the sketch/art supplies.
This is what I used, white obviously
3. clear tape
1. wire cutters
2. needle nosed pliers (not essential, but makes working with the wire easier)
No doubt the pictures have already explained the rest: I decided how long I wanted a side of the box to be and bent the hanger form the edges. I then cut some more wire and used the pliers to complete the frame.
As I mentioned, the lights are probably the most important thing. I position a couple OttLites at the sides and a halogen over the top (perfectly okay to use lamps you have, but incandescents can skew your colors). As long as the light is passing through the paper, you shouldn't get any harsh hot spots.
What do you guys think? I've been using this free light box for a while now, and my pics come out much better than they used to. If you have a unique pic setup, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.