The Story of a Mom, a Wife a Small-Business-Owner-Hopeful (Happy Baby Designs) and a Craft Lover, trying to be present (not just exist) in my life with my children, my husband and myself. Follow along with me as I chronicle my crafting and business endeavors, my true life and some mommy moments along the way .

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Light Box Love

When it comes to photography, I am really not very skilled. I have a simple point and shoot and I don't even know how to use all of its features. Then I was introduced to the magic of the Light Box (I never knew how all those clever people on Etsy took such amazing photo-studio-quality I know!). I needed to take pictures of some items that I am selling at a few upcoming craft fairs (more on that later, but for now you can take a sneak peek at the pics on my Flikr page). So I decided it was time to make my very own Light Box. I used this tutorial I found from The Scrap Shoppe. The only thing I had to buy was the white poster board. Everything else I already had in the house.

I used a copy paper box (since that's what we had in the house) and I cut up an old white sheet. As you can see, I got lazy by the end (it was getting close to the end of naptime and I had to get it done) and didn't even glue the poster board down, I just clothes pinned it in place. It doesn't really matter because that part doesn't show, but eventually I'll finish the project...or maybe not.

So to show you the benefit of the Light Box and how it can really help photograph your items better, I took some pictures of some of my favorite accessories from around the house.

A sweet little bird I bought from Revel Designs at a craft fair.

An owl I bought for next to nothing at Goodwill.

A St. Francis carved out of wood that I picked up somewhere.

A hand-blown glass purse from Fenton (made in WV where my mom is from).

My winged kitty angel.

My collection of old cameras.

See? Don't those pictures look great? I still need to play around with my lighting a bit. You can shine light from both sides and the top of your light box. I just have to get some portable, bright lights that I can use. I hear Ott lights are great for this (maybe that'll give me an excuse to splurge!). I also want to make a slightly bigger one, but like I said, I was limited by time and what was already in my house.

If you have an Etsy shop this is a definite MUST HAVE! Do any of you have Light Boxes? What do you use yours for?

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  1. I SO need to make a light box. Someday I'll get around to it! haha

    Would love for you to link up to my Catch a Glimpse party.

  2. those look fabulous!!! great way to showcase smaller items

  3. That's awesome - I'm going to grab a box right now and make one myself! Love this!

  4. I made a light box similar to this and LOVE mine! You're so right ... a must have for Etsy types and anyone who has a photo-heavy blog.

  5. This is very clever! Thank you idea for the idea. I might have to try and make one although I don't have an etsy shop or an online shop of some sort, but I think I could use me a light box. : Thanks again!


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