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Convert a Shipping Box to a Cheap but Effective Light Box

Photography doesn’t have to be expensive–although a trip through your average photography catalog would argue otherwise!–check out this simple way to create a huge and cheap soft box.

Soft boxes are designed to diffuse light over a large area so you don’t have harsh highlights or shadow on the subject you’re photographing. In the above video Don Barnard, from Light Expressions, shows us how to put together a huge soft box on the cheap.

DIY Softbox Project

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 06/7/11

Comments (1)

  1. Scott

    This project could also be done with a cheap Styrofoam ice chest. Call me picky but the parts list is shaky. The first item he calls an electrical socket is a J-box or junction box, the things he calls electrical covers are wire nuts. I would recommend mounting the j box prior to putting your wire in it. Overall I give this project two big thumbs up, I am going to build one.

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