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How to Make a Softbox with a Styrofoam Container and Some Cloth

Photographer Don Barnard made this video tutorial showing how to convert a styrofoam shipping box into a DIY softbox. The video is pretty in-depth and runs nearly 10 minutes, but the basic idea is to line the inside of the box with some reflective material, stick a strong light inside, and cover it with some cloth to soften the light. It’s a neat way to make a useful lighting tool for under $20. Check out some sample photos taken with the softbox here.

Do it yourself softbox (via Make)


 
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  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    Nice! Need more than styrofoam and cloth though… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grzegorz-Bobrowski/100000177798632 Grzegorz Bobrowski

    Looks crappy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grzegorz-Bobrowski/100000177798632 Grzegorz Bobrowski

    Looks crappy.

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    Atleast it’s lightweight…

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    Atleast it’s lightweight…

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    Atleast it’s lightweight…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Martinez/680001275 Jonathan Martinez

    for all that work i rather just buy a softbox… time is money and life is short… lol  good idea though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/krzysztof.dziadziak Krzysztof Dziądziak

    I built one based on yours - http://z-p-t.pl/2011/09/25/softbox-jak-uzyskac-delikatne-swiatlo/