DIY Photography Studio: How to Make Your Own Softbox for Product Shots

January 5th, 2024

If you're a budding photographer or a small business owner looking to take your product photography to the next level, you've probably heard of a softbox. A softbox is a type of photographic lighting device that provides a soft, natural-looking light, reducing harsh shadows and creating a beautiful, diffused light that's perfect for product shots.

While professional softboxes can be quite expensive, you can actually create your own at home with a few simple materials. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of making your own DIY softbox for product photography.

What You'll Need

  1. A cardboard box
  2. Aluminium foil
  3. White tissue paper or a white fabric shower curtain
  4. White duct tape or gaffer tape
  5. A desk lamp or a light bulb with a cord
  6. A box cutter or scissors

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare the Box

Start by choosing a cardboard box. The size of the box will determine the size of your softbox, so choose accordingly. A medium-sized box is usually a good starting point for product photography.

Using your box cutter or scissors, cut out three sides of the box, leaving about an inch of cardboard around the edges for stability. Leave the back and the bottom of the box intact.

Step 2: Add the Aluminium Foil

Next, line the inside of the box with aluminium foil. This will act as a reflector, bouncing the light around inside the box and creating a soft, diffused light. Make sure the shiny side of the foil is facing inwards. Use the white duct tape or gaffer tape to secure the foil in place.

Step 3: Attach the Diffuser

Now it's time to create the diffuser. This is the part of the softbox that softens the light and reduces harsh shadows.

Take your white tissue paper or white fabric shower curtain and cut out pieces that are slightly larger than the three sides of the box you cut out earlier. Attach the tissue paper or fabric to the outside of the box, covering the holes you cut out. Again, use the white duct tape or gaffer tape to secure it in place.

Step 4: Install the Light

Finally, it's time to install the light. If you're using a desk lamp, simply place it at the back of the box, pointing towards the front. If you're using a light bulb with a cord, you may need to cut a small hole in the back of the box to thread the cord through.

And there you have it! Your very own DIY softbox.

Creating your own softbox for product photography can be a fun and rewarding project. Not only will it save you money, but it will also give you a better understanding of how lighting works in photography.

Remember, the key to great product photography is experimentation. Don't be afraid to play around with different light positions and settings to see what works best for your products. Happy shooting!