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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

DIY Lightbox

Heya! I love it how i have so much time on my hands right now, I get to do things without feeling guilty about it. And i get to do stuff I've been putting off due to uni work. Like learning how to use my DSLR camera properly....I'm a point-and-shoot kinda girl. OK, so i haven't exactly gotten round to doing that, but one thing I wanted to do was find a way I could take pretty pictures of things without the harsh flash accentuating every single minute detail, so provide my 'subjects' with a softer light. I'm sorry if this doesn't make any sense, don't judge me, I'm no camera buff, I just like pretty-looking things/pictures =P.

In many blogs that I come across I see alot of people taking pictures in things called 'lightboxes' (the ACTUAL box thing, not the editing program =P). They are supposed to disperse the light and provide a uniform background for the thing your taking a picture of. So I thought, 'Hey! Why not make one! I've got nothing better to do anyway =P'.

And so, i trekked to Officeworks, bought my supplies, and followed this tutorial to make my very own photography lightbox =).

It didn't really take that long, maybe an hour. It was a bit hard to cut the sides out with my tiny stanly knife, but I managed =D.

TADAAA! My very own hand-made lightbox =D. I took some test pictures in it to see what it was like.

I like the way the pictures turn out, the only thing I'm a bit unsure of is the quality of my own desk lamp - I think it's too yellowish or artificial like, not bright and natural like in the lightboxes I've come across. But I guess unless I get another lamp I can't really fix that =P. But I still think that pictures turn out really nice when taken in the lightbox.

I took some more pictures in the lightbox, of my nails.

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

I like how all these imperfections on my cuticles and nails are sort of 'softened' out by the lightbox. Below is a picture of my nails taken under normal artificial light. Not very pretty comparatively =P.

On another note, for some reason this manicure reminds me of an enchanted fairytale....not sure why....

So I think it was worth taking the time to make the lightbox. I'm looking forward to experimenting with light angles, and hopefully getting a more 'natural' light =P.

Have a nice day guys!


  1. I love the nail polish! When I was in NY I bought about 9 bottles of OPI polish from Sephora - it's half the price it is in Australia! Great work on the light box too.

  2. Thanks! Oh my gosh if I went to Sephora i'd try wipe out the whole shop because it's so cheap! Oh, to live in the States....Our only saving grace is Ebay =(.

  3. This is a really great idea! P.S. how you made this floral pattern on your nails in the last photos? Such manicure looks simply stunning!
    Best wishes!

    1. Thanks! Yea it's so useful i use it all the time, it just makes everything look great. My nails i do with nail stamps - its called konad but there are heaps of imitation ones out there. Search on ebay you should find plenty!


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