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DIY Soft Box Offers Monster-Sized Lighting On the Cheap

Most DIY soft box projects yield a small 2×2 foot softbox and save you a few buck in the process. This monster-sized build yields a 6×7 softbox for a fraction of the cost of a commercial model.

You can buy stand-alone soft boxes at such a size but once you get into the 4×6 range you’re looking at a $500 price tag–far too steep for an amateur budget and still a chunk of change for a professional one. The DIY build, seen in the photo here, provides roughly 42 square feet of illumination, perfect for high-key photography and soft portrait illumination.

The entire thing is a cleverly constructed PVC frame, wrapped in white king-size sheets, and illuminated with two cheap slave strobes. The total cost was just over $100 and, if you already have some strobes laying around and some white sheets, you can easily keep the cost down around $30.

Hit up the link below for the full build guide, sample photos, and some tips on using the monster soft box effectively.

a Light Wall From Bed Sheets and PVC [DIY Photography]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/26/11

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