Blogging Basics: Why you should use a ‘Light Box’ for Photography

As bloggers, we take A LOT of photos and not all of them are selfies. Sometimes we need to take some good photos of smaller items. Light boxes are the shizz. My husband bought me a Light Box for Christmas one year and I didn’t know I needed one until I had one.

Why you should use a Light Box

In case you are unsure of what a Light Box is, it filters the light and reduces the shadows.

Today I made some super, duper cheapo light boxes to compare the results and what I discovered is…

1. You can’t get better than a clean, uncreased, curved piece of cardboard as a base

2. Filtered light rocks and makes everything beautiful

3. $20 spent on a handmade light box is almost as good as a $500 store bought one and much better than harsh natural light or flash. I hate flash and would be happy to never use it

4. A light box made with a storage box is excellent and will last years, plus you can keep the lid and store your photography paraphernalia in it

5. A light box made with a cardboard box is so cheap it’s nearly free and it’s a little better than natural light but the light isn’t as good as the storage box. Plus, this is so fragile you can’t use it for longer than one photography session.

6. The professional store bought one will last forever and fold up neat to slide under a bed.

Here are the photo comparisons…

Natural Light photography

Curved Cardboard - Why you should use a Light Box

The Cardboard Box Light Box - Why you should use a Light Box

Storage Box Light Box - Why you would use a Light Box

The Kast Light Box - Why you should use a Light Box

Over the next week or so, I’ll show you how to make the Cardboard and storage box Light Boxes.

PS: All photos have been cropped but untouched in any other way.


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  1. Wow…this is REALLY cool!!

    I love this!

    I also love that pineapple candle… so know where you got that from!

  2. great ideas! thanks for sharing Rachel!

  3. speak for yourself, all of mine are selfies 😉


    p.s you’re a babe. put your head in a light box xx

  4. I rarely use photos, mostly because I’m unimpressed with how they turn out. This is so helpful! Thank you!

  5. What a FANTASTIC idea for a post. Super useful information, I love it and can’t wait for the tutorials.
    Great work!

  6. I have been looking at getting a lightbox but was put off by the cost. I think I could turn something into one though. Would be great to see the photos side by side to see the difference too. Great tips!

  7. Man, I have needed one of these for my etsy photography for so long… Must make one! I didn’t even know you could buy professional ones!

  8. One of the reasons I decided to give up on my photography business was because shooting commercially meant artificial light. I now get to take photos for fun, not business, and I get to use only natural light, which I adore. It’s just the style I am happy and comfortable with.

  9. Clever! I never thought of using a storage box to filter the light!

  10. Thanks, it’s interesting to see the difference. Lisa xo

  11. I’ve just started photographing my food (and other strange things) outdoors or with some styrofoam. Works a treat! You’re the best. Great post. x

  12. Great tips Rach and I never knew you were a budding photographer!
    But how can I get a person (eg me) in the white box to make them look better?

  13. I love it. I can’t wait for the tutorials. I would never have thought to put the curved cardboard behind. I love the effect. Great post.


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