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DIY Product Photography

Updated on October 28, 2012

Toyota Supra

I shot this in my own homemade product diffussion box.  I used a Nikon D3100 and two desk lamps for lighting.
I shot this in my own homemade product diffussion box. I used a Nikon D3100 and two desk lamps for lighting.

Product Photography for Next to Nothing

In this hub, I'm gonna tell you how to make a tabletop product box for next to nothing. The results are excellent. If your a starting photographer with little to no funds, then fret no more. I'm gonna show you how to make a $150 piece of equipment that works just as well as the store bought item.

Let's start off by taking a look at the materials that we are gonna need to complete this project. First we are gonna need a 10"X10"X10" box. A Bounty paper towl box will do fine. Second, we'll need a ruler and razor knife. Third, a white vinyl shower curtain. Finally, we're gonna need duct tape. Yes people, 200mph tape.

First you want to tape closed the bottom end of the box. Make sure there is NO light getting in. Next turn the box onto one of it's sides. Measure off a 2-3 inch boarder and use the razor knife to cut it out. Do the same with the other side and the top. Next, set the box upright and remove the top and bottom flaps ONLY. At this point, we're half way there.

Now, take the vinyl shower curtain and cut 3 square pieces to cover the hole that was just cut into the box. Make sure that they overlap by roughly an inch on all sides. This is you diffuser screen. Use the duct tape to tape around the edges one at a time and affix them to the box covering the holes that was cut. DO NOT tape up the seam located at the top of the box in the back. This is for the backdrop. Pull the vinyl tight as you go. Once all 3 squares are taped down, the box is complete.

Set the box up on a table. Cut a long piece of vinyl, the width of the box to use as a back drop or a piece of bed sheet the same size. Pull one end of the backdrop up through the split that was left open. Let it run down the back wall of the box and the floor of the box. Place the item you wish to photograph inside the box. Now comes the lighting.

Take 2 desk lights and place one on either side of the box. One should be shinning directly into the vinyl siding while the other should be further away shinning into the vinyl screen from an angle. Set your camera up on a tripod and get ready to shoot. The use of a flash will darken the photo down a little. That's not a bad thing

I recommend that a few test shots be taken before shooting. That's pretty much all there is to it. A simple homemade product box. Bear in mind that some photoshop will need to be done.

There you have it.

A Puppy Named Sandy

This one was an experiment with bigger objects.  Again, I shot this with a Nikon D3100 and 2 desk lamps.  On all images, there has been some basic photoshopping done to enhace color and cropping.
This one was an experiment with bigger objects. Again, I shot this with a Nikon D3100 and 2 desk lamps. On all images, there has been some basic photoshopping done to enhace color and cropping.

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