March Light Box-Along Project


photo by Lee Meredith,

While participating in the February Craft Social (a monthly Twitter event/gathering about chatting crafty), a few twitterers and I discussed the fact that winter has a lack of good natural light for photography, which is tough when you’re a blogger and your project photos depend on said natural light.

Light boxes were mentioned. Tutorials for light boxes were linked to. A light box-along was thought of. Interest was expressed. A few more times.

So here it is, the March Light Box-Along.

What do you do?
Make a light box. Post about it on your blog and on twitter with the hashtag #lightboxalong and if you have room #craftsocial.

What’s a light box?
A small box used to aid in photographing objects by providing uniform lighting.

How do I make one?
Follow one of these tutorials or get the basics from reading them and make one your own way.

Share your results:

  • Post on your blog
  • #lightboxalong and #craftsocial on Twitter
  • Add photos to the Light Box-Along group on Flickr
  • Comment here with your progress and links

Feel free to add links to other tutorials or your blog, or weigh in on any other aspect of the Light Box-Along in the comments.

7 Responses

  1. planetjune Says:

    I already made a light box, otherwise I’d definitely be joining in! I swear by my light box – it makes a huge difference to not have to be at the mercy of the weather and always be waiting for a sunny day to take decent photos. Here’s my blog post about mine:

  2. uberVU - social comments Says:

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by penguintrax: RT @dollarcraft: Okay, it’s official! The March Light Box-Along is here! #craftsocial #lightboxalong…

  3. Ramona Says:

    Definitely want to participate in this. Hubby made one, but says he wants to make another. I’ll just use the old one. Not waiting for him. There might be a conflict with the grow lights that will be going up this week, though. We’ve got those do-hicky-thing light fixtures like in the pic above, but their first use is for veggies. Will there be photography tips and techniques along the way this month?

  4. Croq Says:

    @planetjune, thanks for linking to your project – you did a great job on it and really demystified the process!

    @Ramona, I look forward to seeing yours, and good idea – i’ll see what I can do about photography tips & techniques! I have a few things I could write about!

  5. Wendy Piersall Says:

    I’ve actually been pestering my hubby to make me a good lightbox lately. I want one made with hinges so that it can fold up and be put away. I also got a plain white window shade to use for a backdrop.

    I’m hoping and praying it will get done this weekend! It’s been so hard to do any food blogging, because I only cook in the evening when it’s dark out. Crafts are easier because I can do them anytime.

    Great idea, Heather! I’ll play along! :)

  6. do stuff! » A few photography tips, with and without a light box… Says:

    […] for anyone interested!  For more info about this light box making fun, check out Heather’s post on Croq Zine (with links to multiple tutorials), and also check out Heather’s photo tips for craft […]

  7. Joe Says:

    I also create photo tent’s and your lighting looks perfect. Very nice job!

    I wrote a tutorial to get good lighting as well.