For those new to serious photography (and thereâ€™s a multitude out there ushered in by the growing popularity of digital cameras), owning a DSLR soon leads you to a few more things that you might need to take better pictures.
Among this is a softbox, a large light source that diffuses light to create smoother shadows and eliminate hotspots in your photos. Unfortunately, these things cost quite a bit (about $500) if you buy them.
Fortunately, however, there are less expensive alternatives. For a few dollars â€“ or none at all if you have these few things already in your home â€“ you can make your own softbox.
DIYPhotography.net says youâ€™ll need a cardboard box, aluminum foil (ask your mama for some), a pair of scissors, some glue and a piece of translucent cloth or sketching paper.
You glue the reflective aluminum foil inside the box, cut out a hole in the back where your strobe head can go in, and cover the box front with the translucent cloth or paper, and youâ€™re good to go.
Head on over to their site for more detailed instructions. Also, revisit our own â€œStudio Lighting on the Cheapâ€ pages for more instructions on how to create homemade lighting projects.