Well, I did it! I built me a lightbox today. The first photo is of the box itself. There’s no camera on the tripod because I’m holding it. As you can see, it a pretty basic design. A cardboard box lined with white bristol board. I still have to add the racing stripes, a rear view mirror and a bicycle horn. I have to make one minor change but need to find a 4 foot length of bristol board to facilitate it. Basically, the back and bottom of the lightbox is lined with very thin paper (not by choice) that I thought would work, but it’s not “white” enough and not “solid” enough as a colour. Sorry, hard to explain. Presently, I think the backdrop looks a bit “dirty” but it can be fixed easily.
The two photos are just a couple of items I had within reach. To my eye they are not as sharp as I’d like, but that’s about the best I can hope for with my camera. Notice how you can’t tell where the bottom turns up to become the back? And the “white” colour and brightness is almost the same between photos. Now we’re cooking with gas. 🙂
I forgot to mention, I also added a window to the top of the light box so I could shoot down into an object. I photographed my and some guitar picks watch this way. I need to adjust the location of the lights when I shoot like this, as you can see the light falls off just slightly to the right side of the watch photo.