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DIY Photography Light Box

Close-up photography requires good lighting and a light box is an excellent solution. The translucent material of a light box diffuses the light evenly around your subject, softening shadows and eliminating glare.


  • Hacksaw or Fine‑Cut Wood Saw
  • File, or 80 to 100 Grit Sandpaper (optional)

Plumbing Materials

  • 2 ‑ 1/2" x 10' PVC Sch 40 Plain End Pipe (need 12')
  • 4 ‑ 1/2" PVC Sch 40 Tee Fitting
  • 4 ‑ 1/2" PVC Sch 40 90‑Degree Elbow
  • 4 ‑ 1/2" PVC Sch 40 Pressure Cap

Lamps and Bulbs (Optional)

  • 4 ‑ Style Selections 16-1/4" Adjustable Black Clip-On Desk Lamp (Lowes Item #191955)
  • 2 ‑ 9‑Watt (40W) Daylight (5000K) CFL Light Bulb
  • 2 ‑ 14‑Watt (60W) Daylight (5000K) CFL Light Bulb

Assembly Instructions

Cut the PVC pipe to the lengths specified in the diagram below. Clean the burrs from the ends of each piece with a file or sandpaper.

Drawing - Light Box Materials

Lay all the pieces on a flat surfice and dry fit. The pieces fit together quite snuggly and don't require cement to hold their form.

Final Product

To eliminate the numerous reflections on the smooth curved surface of this sculpture, I draped a semi‑opaque white shower curtain over everything (light box, camera, me). The white backdrop is a sheet of poster board taped to the frame of the light box.

Light Box With Shower Curtain

This is a Richard Kramer sculpture entitled Achiever. It's showing some light rust on the rough surfaces, so I applied the Lightroom preset Creative ‑ B&W Low Contrast.


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