IKEA Hack: Light Box

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I have been photographing my tarot cards and other products for use on social media and the upcoming website, but my current set up just wasn’t cutting it. I looked up a simple DIY light box online so I could have a better system for staging and taking product photos, and the tutorial called for a cardboard box, tape, white fabric, 2 lamps, and some poster board for the inside. I searched my house for a cardboard box that was the right size but couldn’t find anything… until I looked a bit closer at my old coffee table.

I had bought a set of  Vittsjo nesting coffee tables quite a while back, but after all the shifting around in the studio it didn’t really have a spot to live and I was about to get rid of it. I realized when I looked at it that it was perfect for the light box frame, and way more durable than cardboard. So here’s a simple DIY (IKEA hack) Light Box!

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^ Here’s how I clipped the lights on to the shelf above.

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I started with just the larger square portion of the table and trimmed a white sheet to make two fabric squares that would cover the sides. I then used masking tape to secure it onto the two sides of the metal frame then set up the frame sandwiched between two clip on lights mounted on the shelf. I then trimmed a white poster board to fit inside the frame with the edge taped onto the wall at the back giving me a seamless white background to stage the products.

You can see the fabric sides in the frame below, and the way I have taped the poster board to the wall behind to create a smooth background.

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Simply use a couple of bright white light bulbs and you’re good to go! The cool thing about this setup is the top of the table is glass, so I can just rest my phone on the glass and then set up the shot perfectly before I take the photo. I can also reach into the frame and make adjustments without having to set up the shot again. So easy!

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It sure makes the photos easier to take, and the look of the photos is soooo much better! Give it a try! 🙂

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2 comments

  1. brilliant! I also like that Junipurrr supervised! While at college I made a light table out of a Lite Bright base and a glass coffee table – good old Canadian ingenuity! I like your set up much better.

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