Ok so this is going to be quite a long post and I still haven't figured out how to do the skip to pages thing... so I'm sorry guys :) Alright tonight I decided that I wanted to make myself a light box to get even better pictures. I wasn't sure if it would actually work to make my pictures better but I thought what the heck I might as well try. To start off I gathered all of my materials as you see below...
So first you need to tape the bottom of the box to reinforce it sorry I didn't get this pictured :( Then you are going to start marking off the edges of the box on two sides and whichever side you choose as the top. I used a ruler to make the lines because about an inch wide is what you want.
Just imagine the lines are all around the sides :) After you do this you are going to start cutting around the edges with your xacto knife. Make sure you are really careful at this part! Always cut away from yourself. When you are done cutting around a side carefully pop out the inside square. It should look something like this...
Don't worry about cutting really straight lines it's ok if they're kind of crooked. After you've cut all of your sides it should look like the picture below. Also the more sides you cut the weaker the box will get so use caution. After you cut all of the squares out your going to cut the flaps on the box off.
Alright you are done using the xacto knife! Horray :) I don't know about you guys but those things make me so nervous. Maybe its because I accidentally stabbed myself in my palm with a similar tool in art class back in high school O.O oops! Anyways, now you're going to start putting on the tissue paper. Cut them to around the size of the open sides of your box, again these don't have to be perfect. With tape you are going to tape them to the sides and make sure you pull the tissue paper really tight. It should look like the pictures below.
|One side done!|
|See how it fits tight?|
This part is kind of hard to explain, after you size your poster board turn the box on its back and push the poster board to the top. When its at the top, carefully you are going to start pushing the poster board into the box but don't let it crease. Making sure that the poster board doesn't crease means you'll get that infinite line look meaning there's no corners in your pictures. I'm not sure I explained that really well but take a look at the picture to see if you understand what I'm saying :)
Aaaaaand now your all done! Woohoo you've made a light box :) The next pictures I have are me experimenting with the light box to see if it really does make my pictures better. As far as lighting goes I put a lamp that I have and shined it above the top of the box.
|Without the light box|
|In light box with white poster board|
|In light box with black poster board|
So my opinion? The light box does wonders for my nails! It takes the shine off and makes the colors more color-accurate. I absolutely love my light box! But I'm not sure if I like the white poster board or the black poster board better. What do you guys think?
Do you guys like this tutorial? I'm sorry it's so long I didn't know how to condense the information better :( But did you find it helpful? Do you like seeing things like this on my blog? Let me know!
Thanks for reading :)