DIY: How To Photograph like a Pro!

We all have that amazingly beautiful picture that we have taken that’s made us consider a career in photography until you asked around for the price of a really good camera and then you thought, “I had rather find a cheaper career path”

Taking a beautiful picture isn’t about having the best camera but of course, it helps to have a great camera. From my dilly dally affair with photography blogs, the best advice most photographers give is to invest in reading, because any decent camera can produce an awesome picture these days.

My pro tip today was one I gleaned off Anne’s blog at flax and twine. She made a DIY lightbox for online merchants that want awesome product pictures. It’s really easy to make and it’s a purposeful DIY trick you should learn if you want to keep people constantly engaged with your online shop whether on Pinforest, Konga or even Traclist without spending on a professional photographer.

So if you own a merchant shop or you’re about to set up one or you use social media to reach your customers, keep your eyes glued to the screen. Let’s help you increase conversions with brilliant images.

Here’s a before and after picture from Anne’s DIY lightbox trick.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

Before

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The materials you’d need for this quick project include:

  • 1 cardboard box
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft knife
  • Packing tape
  • White posterboard (should be at least 30% longer than the box length)

You can easily get all of those materials from an architecture student or discover someone selling some in your school through Pinforest

Here are the instructions for the DIY light box, we took the effort to put it in numerical order and Anne provided full photos of each step on her website, which was really helpful in writing this post.

  1. Here’s your carton box.

How to make a lightbox

2.  Take off the top flaps of the box with your knife.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

3. Cut out a rectangle shape that should be one inch shy on three of the four sides of the box.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

4. Pop out the side

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

5. Box should look like this after all three sides are cut.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

6. Piece together tissue paper with packing tape to a size large enough to cover one side of the box.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

7. Attach tissue paper to each open side of the box with packing tape.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

8. It should look like this after you cover all three sides.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

9. Cut a white poster board. Mak it the width of the box.

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10. Place the poster board in the box such that it curves inside the box.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

11. Place the item inside the box at the flat part of cardboard. Place the box in as much sunlight or indorr lighting as possible. Take photos!

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

 

12. Crop the image and add a bit of filter and Bam! You have got yourself a great product image for your merchant store.

Photograph like a pro: How to make a lightbox

 

For the hobbyists out there, I am sure you will find a lot of meaningful and easy DIY tricks on Anne’s finish fifty project