Friday 1 November 2013

Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge #2: My Craft Room - Construct A Lightbox

hey guys - me again (who else?)

im here today with another unique challenge from DDCC

Heres a little info on the challenge:

This challenge revolves around creating a lightbox to enable you to take better photo's of your designs & / or projects.  It will enable you to eliminate items in the background & provide better lighting during your photo shoot.

So- being the clever girl that i am, i just hit this one head on, although a google search on 'how to create a lightbox' will bring up many many results, i had an idea how, so just went ahead a tried! heres what i did:

What do i want from a lightbox? well i want something i can keep indoors to take pics, especially with this rubbish weather, so it really had to be effective with indoor light and not just outside

here are my supplies

Cardboard box
sturdy white card
white tissue paper

 Take your desired box

Close up the back end so there is only one open end

Dont worry if your box is marked inside in any way - this wont matter later - turn the box the way you want it to suit your project needs

Using your knife and ruler, edge the box on both left and right side, your bascially making a frame on either side of the box 

Punch out the frame so you have two holes on either side of the box

now take your tissue paper and place it over each hole - secure with tape

You are nearly done!

Lastly - take some white card, this should be the width of your box but ideally needs to be about double the length, as your going to slide it inside so it covers the whole of the inside

Taadaaahh! a lightbox!

You can really play around with different lights, even colourd ones, flashing ones - light on both sides or just one - so many different effects!

here are some before and afters:







So, having never used a lightbox before, and although this really was just an experiment, i cant believe how different the photos have come out - im so impressed with how much the focal point lays on the images now and your eye is not at all drawn away from what you want your viewers to see, im using just basic house lamps, but im excited to see what other effects can be created

1 Has your lightbox helped you, how?
certainly has!! i think the pictures speak for themselves dont they? and such a simple set up, something we all have laying around, a box!
2 Are you using your lightbox inside or out
Due to bad weather, ill mainly be using my box inside, but it could sure go outside too to create different effects!
3 Are you using lights, if so which kind
Just bog standard lamps... nothing special, but imagine using coloured lights or flashing ones! wow!
4 tell us two tips about creating or using your lightbox
the first one is, dont think it has to be fancy! it doesnt look like much but it does the job

If youd like the chance to see what our fab prize is and win - visit DDCC NOW!! :)


  1. Hi Emmey,
    You have definitely done a great job with your lightbox judging by your before & after photo's as they have come out a lot more brighter & clearer :) I agree with you with how the lightbox has increased the visibility & created an enhanced the focal point for your designs. You have produced some great, easy to understand steps on creating the lightbox & will be easy for people to follow. Thank you for doing such a fantastic job on the challenge & I hope your followers will also feel encouraged to try out the challenge for themselves as they too will benefit when it comes to taking great photos of their projects too. Hugs, Lisa x

  2. Don't you just love how professional your photos look now? The colors are so vibrant and the items do really pop!
    I can't wait to see what other effects you can come up with. Hadn't even thought about experimenting with mine....sounds like loads of fun!
    Great job, sweetie!!
    Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge Design Team
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  3. Fab photo tutorial Emmey and different with the tissue paper, another material every crafter is sure to have! The after photos are definitely better and the items stand out far more than the before shots. Can't wait to see if you do any experimenting with different lights x
    Little Pear Tree

  4. Hi Emmey, I love your project! What you can do with a box and a sheet, it is amazing. And the outside is so beautiful. I like the grafitti kind of image! Your pictures are amazing! Hugs, Cindy

  5. WOW Emmy! Your results are amazing! What a difference! Super job on your tutorial too! Very easy to follow. Nice Job! xxx

  6. Wow, Emmey!
    Sure, your lightbox made the attention focused on your creation; which are amazing :)
    Can't wait to see result if you're gonna play using another lamp colours :) :)
    Hugs, Mikha

  7. Oh wow how cool is that! I never thought to make a light box I usually use one of my 12x12 paper packs under a lamp or something but this makes so much more sense especially since the weather here has been so counter productive to my photos