How to Use a Portable Photo Studio Box

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How to Use a Portable Photo Studio Box
A studio box is most often used for product photography. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A portable studio photo box is designed to shoot small objects in a studio-like set-up. This is most often used in product photography to make an object more appealing and isolate it from the outside world. The exact set-up of your box may be different, but they all work essentially the same way: Lights shine through a material on either side of the object. The result is clean, professional photography.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Studio box
  • Light kit
  • Camera

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  1. 1

    Open up your studio box if it is collapsible and place the object inside of it.

  2. 2

    Set a light on one side of the box and shine it through the material. This will soften the light to illuminate the object.

  3. 3

    Place another light on the other side of the box and shine it through as well.

  4. 4

    Place your camera so that the backdrop of the studio box and the object fills the frame. Focus your camera and take the photo.

Tips and warnings

  • Play around with the position, angle and distance of the lights from the box to create different light effects.

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