I love the look of all-white backgrounds in food photos and am hoping my sad little attempt at creating a cheap photo/light box might actually help me achieve this look. I’d love to eventually create a fancy schmancy light box by following one of the billion tutorials I’ve seen all over Pinterest, but I figured I’d start with something ridiculously simple to see if I like the look and feel like it makes enough of a difference.
I left with two pieces of white canvas, a big piece of white foam board, a burlap canvas (for another photo idea I have) and some small pieces of white poster board.
A few pieces of tape and five minutes later, I had this photo box all done:
I wanted the sides to be open and the foam board base to be big so I can easily shift everything around depending on the photography subject at hand. I’m excited to give it a whirl!
On my way home from Hobby Lobby, I decided to pick up lunch at the brand new Whole Foods that opened yesterday in Huntersville.
It was busy but not as crazy as I expected, so I happily browsed around a bit before picking up a few groceries and filling a to-go container with some yummy selections from the hot bar.
Once I made it home, I assembled the photo box and purchased personal training/group exercise liability insurance since I will not be covered by my new gym. Now I’m chatting with you fine people and we’re all caught up!
I hope you’re having a fabulous Wednesday!
haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine.com says
HOORAY! I’ve been wanting to make one of these!!!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
Love you DIY project idea! Out of curiousity, did you purchase your liability insurance through NASM? I am in the process of getting my CPT and the whole insurance thing confuses me a tad!
i got it through k&k insurance which was recommended to me through fitfluential. 🙂
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
Michelle Hunt (@PeachyPalate) says
That looks awesome!!! Come build me one! 🙂
I’m a little behind in the blogging world of photography backgrounds. I often wonder how bloggers get such beautiful and well lit background for their pictures. Now I know! Thanks for opening my eyes 🙂 If it works well for you, I would love to read a blog post more in detail about the photography process and setting everything up! Thanks for sharing!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
Awesome DIY photo box! I have a makeshift one at home held up by a soap dispenser. Works well so I can take it up and down when I want and not have to store it.
Ahh I’ve seen other bloggers with one!! what a great idea!
Cant wait to see some of your photos! Getting so official with your photography :)!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I still need to make a white box!
Jenn S. says
Nice! I have some foam boards I use for base and background, but built like a box like would be better. What light source will you use? Or just natural light by a window?
Jenn S. says
That second “like” shouldn’t be there. Didn’t mean to sound like a valley girl!
why do you still shop at Hobby Lobby? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Wow I love the idea of a light box– I’ve never thought of that! I like a clean background, too. 🙂
Heather @ No Bologna Blog says
What an awesome idea! I’ve been so frustrated with my pictures lately because I don’t feel like I have any good background… but I’m going to give this a try, for sure! It was cheap & easy which is exactly what I’m looking for right now. Thanks for sharing! I love Whole Foods & their hot bar, my favorite thing right now is their fried tofu with their yellow carolina spicy sauce… so stinkin’ delicious!
Not sure if I’m the only one, but for the past two days when I go to your blog (and even when I go on past postings) my malewarebytes icon pops up telling me that they’ve blocked malicious sites. I’ve never had this happen before on your blog. Might want to look into this. Anyone else have this happen to them?
Sounds like a fun day! Your set up is a mini set up from a professional photo shoot that I was at for work, looks great! xoxo, ganeeban
I love Whole Foods Markets! I recently moved out of St. Louis about 3 1/2 hours away to Springfield, MO and I’m missing those stores tremendously! Trader Joes is another–along with Schnucks and Dierbergs. I am very picky when it comes to grocery stores…haha
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner says
So this is how bloggers have great pictures! Good to know. 🙂
A whole new Whole Foods sounds like Christmas morning!!
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse says
Love this DIY project idea! So easy and awesome!
my dad made me a light box out of a cardboard box and tissue paper lol def doesn’t look as good as yours but it gets the job done! 🙂
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job says
ive thought about making a photo box like that before too but haven’t gotten around to it. Can’t wait to see your pictures from it!
Nancy (@spiffykerms) says
I use something similar for my light box (since I love doing product shots of beauty items for my blog) – I use blank white painting canvases!
Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes says
Great idea! I’d love to see a follow up on how you like it.
I’m so impressed! Can’t wait to see what you display in your photo box!
Awesome idea! I hate seeing the clutter of my kitchen counter in the background. Out of curiosity–what is the difference between this and a light box?
I want to create a white box too but I’m worried about where I’ll put it when I’m not using it. Where are you storing yours?
Beautiful Balance (@christinaschu) says
Awesome photo box! I use smooth white wood planks but they’re heavy so this is an awesome alternative.
I made my own lightbox awhile back with some foam board, white tissue paper and white poster board…literally cost me like $12 ($25 with the two $5 desk lamps and the daylight bulbs) It literally changed everything! My little point and shoot camera takes awesome photos now!
Love the idea of a photobox! I’ve been trying to figure out ways to create all white backgrounds as well and this is a perfect idea, thanks for sharing! 🙂
Katie Gaffney says
what a great idea, I do not blog myself but am sure if I did, I would have to nab this idea:)