Tutorial: Making A Light Box Using Cardstock
Have you wondered how to take gorgeous photos of your cards and projects? Well, wonder no more. Today we have a fun tutorial for you on how to make a light box using cardstock. The tutorial was prepared by Debra and may also be found on her blog, Creative Heart Designs. Thank you, Debra, for sharing this wonderful tutorial with all of us!
How to make a Light Box using cardstock
I finally found a way to photograph my cards that I am happy with. You probably have the supplies for making the backdrop in your card stock supply.
Here’s how to make it.
Take 3 sheets of heavyweight white card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) and lay them out as shown. Arrange the sheets with one 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet on each side then turn your third piece (with the 11″ side at the bottom) for the center…lining up at the top. Tape the three pieces together using clear tape. Score and fold the bottom of the two outer sheets (lining up your folds with the bottom of the 11″ x 8-1/2″ center piece). Fold in the side pieces and arrange in a box shape as shown below. For the bottom (floor) of your light studio, place a few pieces of card stock on the folded pieces to hold the box shape and your backdrop is done.
Next, add your light source (I highly recommend an Ott Lite) placed above and to the front to illuminate your card. Move it as necessary to lessen the shadows. If you don’t have a light source, use your flash. Put the card in the light studio and take your photo (with or without flash).
A tripod isn’t really necessary, but my husband thought I needed one, so I use it occasionally. All of the recent card photos on my blog, Creative Heart Designs, were taken this way…without flash.
Here is a close up of the beautiful Teacup Pansies card featured in Debra’s Light Box.
Do you use a light box to take photos of your cards and projects? Do you have tips or suggestions on ways to take better photos… i.e. a favorite light source, time of day to take your photos, etc. After you take the photo, do you edit the photo in any photo editing software? Please leave a comment at the end of this post to share your ideas!