One of the first things I did after the semester ended in May was to make my own photography set up at home. I had an order of pots that needed photographing, and I was tired of lugging work back and forth to school or trying to share the photo studio, where it seemed, I always needed help setting up the background paper.
Since I would be using this in my home studio, which is too small to have both my work space and photo area set up at the same time, I designed it to be easily moved and stored. After a trip to Home Depot for the supplies I didn't already have on hand, I was ready to build.
|Beginning the lightbox, seal your cardboard box on one end. Measure so that you have a one inch ledge to support your drop ceiling tile. Cut using a box cutter.|
|Cut the drop ceiling tile with a plexi glass cutter to the interior size of the box, minus a little. You want a snug fit. I placed the textured side up. It does not affect the quality of the light this way.|
|The lightbox sealed with the clamp light and bulb enclosed. I used a porcelain socket clamp light and a 120 watt daylight fluorescent.|
|This is the support for the paper. It is seven feet tall. To secure the posts to the walls, I tacked strips of fabric to the wall. It works better than I expected. If I had had the room for two buckets of sand I would have used that instead.|
|Here you can see both support systems. The front support holds the lightbox and is six feet in height. Here, too, you can see the bucket of sand I am using to support the PVC pipe.|
|All ready to go.|