Random: That Time I Fixed My Lighting Situation… (DIY Light Tent)

I’ve been told that my photos look great now. “How did you do it?” I promised a friend or two that I would post this for them. Ladies and gentlemen, Glitter.Gloss.Garbage’s DIY Light Tent.

I had a problem

The light tents I was creating (out of boxes) were crap. They would collapse after about three months. Which means I have to do everything all over again. Stalk the liquor store for a bog box, buy more poster board, cut and construct. That was becoming a pain in the butt. I saw somewhere online that they were selling this one thingie (yes, thingie) for like $175 and said to myself “Girl what?”. I wish I would pay $175 for anything like that. So I did some brainstorming and thought about my needs.

I needed

A lighting situation in which I could take photos of items big and small. I needed enough width for something like a flat iron, enough height for a tall bottle of lotion, or body wash. I needed it white, and I needed  more light. Ok…

Gathered my tools

1 Rubbermaid storage tote 50 Qt (clear)  (dimensions Size: 26.7″ L x 15.8″ W x 10.8″ H) $8

1 Can Valspar Spray Paint for plastic $4.49

3 Binder clips $1.00 for a bag of 20 at Office Depot

1 Sheet of poster board $3.00 for a pack with like 10 sheets in it. It’s not the huge size board, it’s a tad smaller

1 knife

1 gas stove

Hope

Patience

Swag (yes, you are gonna need a little confidence)

Time to construct

1. Get your tote and go to the stove (now, if you have a better way to do this then by all means). Heat up a knife that you don’t use much anymore, and saw away until the front of the container is gone

2. Spray paint it white (please wear a mask, I was nauseated after I was done)

3. Let it dry

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Now while you are waiting on that to dry, go to Lowes and get two of those clip on lamps ($8.99 each) and a pack of daylight light bulbs. I got the Sylvania 23 watt bulbs ($8.99 for a two pack). They let off good, clean white light.

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By now, your box should be dry. Take your poster and clip it (with the binder clips) at the top and far back of the box. Guess what? You are finished!

I have a table that I use in the back of the den (AKA ‘my office’) and I sit my lightbox on the table, clip the lamps on the edge of the table and work away!

Photos taken with my new light tent:

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If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! Smile

About Aprill Coleman

Aprill, also known as The Fairy Glammother is a beauty blogger and lover of all things beauty. She is the blogger behind Glitter.Gloss.Garbage which shares new beauty products and tips!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mercedes.epps.16 Mercedes Epps

    you had me scared at the stove, thinking what the heck is the stove for, it looks great. Good idea!

    • http://twitter.com/GlitteryGlossy GlitterGlossGarbage

      hehe thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/lipglossspandex Marilyn

    Your pictures do look great! That’s easy enough that I could totally do it myself too. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

    • http://twitter.com/GlitteryGlossy GlitterGlossGarbage

      no problem love!

  • http://glam-morena.com Rai

    Looks great! So you don’t use flash when you take the photos right?

    • http://twitter.com/GlitteryGlossy GlitterGlossGarbage

      no flash ;)

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    This looks great! It would work for larger items too.

    • http://twitter.com/GlitteryGlossy GlitterGlossGarbage

      It does work really well for large items! Thanks!

  • Amber

    This is genius!!