Like most people, my house isn’t properly set up for a photo studio so like to improvise! When I need to take pretty straight forward product shots, I end up making friends, in order to help me build a light box! Its a simple and cheap way to create clean and evenly lit shots. Heres how you can make one too.
You’ll need these things to make both the friend and the light box:
To make a friend, just cut and paste like so:make the eyes and teeth, and hold them off to the side until later
Heres how you make the light box:Lay the cardboard flat. Cut along one panel of the box using the ruler as a guide to keep the cut from veering too close to the fold of the box.
Repeat that process 2 more times so that only one cardboard panel is still uncut.
Tape up the box. By now, your box should be able to fit your Totoro, like so.
Cut three of the flaps off of the box
Tape the tracing paper to 2 insides of the box, and one on top of the box. This way, to take nice overhead shots (like these), all you have to do is lift up the flap and shoot straight down!
Cut the poster board to the width of the box, and tape them from the back board up, out.
Now bring your friend out into the bright sun that would usually cast shadows on your subject, and try feeding it to your new friend. I bet he’ll eat all the shadows and (if its yummy enough) your subject, too!
Look how quickly he ate my Jello!!! 3 shutter clicks and the whole thing was gone.