Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to build a light box - cheap!!

Ever wonder how some Etsy shops have the greatest photos, with sharpness, detail and no background noise?  I pay to have "The Stella Erwin Feeder™" photos done.

Joanne, from, built a wonderful light box, that contributes to photos like these from some of her Etsy shop listings.

Links to each of these listings follow below the photos.
Galvanized Water Can - $38.00
Mod Necklace - $9.25

Green Cat Eye Marbles - $11.50

How did she do it?  She started with a white styrofoam box, added lighting and paper, set up her camera on a tripod and voila!!  A photo of Joanne's box follows along with items you will need.

The styrofoam box, which you can find FREE from a local vet, doctor, hospital or medical supply store, has inside dimensions of:

  • 15" front to back
  • 17" high
  • 21" wide

Joanne added clamp on lights from Home Depot for under $10 each and poster board for the inside at about $1 per sheet.  She bought the cheapest point and shoot camera that would work with the 80's aluminum tripod pictured.  The legs on her tripod extend for more height if a top shot is required.

Joanne of, is from Maine.  Because of the limited days of light and really cold temps, taking pictures inside is a necessity.  She has over 500 fabulous items in her shop and adds listings daily.

Does it work?  You bet.  Joanne has been selling on Etsy for over 3 years.  She has sold more than 850 items, has 340 - 5 STAR reviews and over 1100 admirers.  Go check out her fantastic array of Fresh Picked Maine Vintage and Antiques.  Just click this link:

Check back here for more about photos and lighting.  An article about tips and tricks for good photos including the right lamp bulbs to buy is coming soon.

And check out the new 2015 Stella Erwin Feeder™ line at

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  1. Thanks Cheryl. And thanks for stopping by an commenting