Why Use a Photo Light Cube Box?

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Why Use a Photo Light Cube Box?
A photo light box does on a smaller scale what a backdrop does in a full-size studio. (alone young model in the photo studio image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

A photo light cube box is a white box that you can use to stage your photography props before photographing them. It provides numerous advantages for improving the quality of your photographs, particularly if you want to sell items online and take detailed, accurate photos of those items. Buy a photo light box or make one of your own and step up your photography skills today.


A photo light box is usually all white, which provides the ideal blank canvas to showcase the items you wish to photograph. You also have the option of adding in new backgrounds, such as sheets of paper or pieces of fabric, to change the backdrop to your photos. This lets you customise your photo backgrounds while maintaining consistency in the size of your photo area.


A photo light box is lightweight, so you can take it with you wherever you go. If you need to photograph items while you travel, or if you have to move from place to place to photograph items for several clients, your photo light box can go with you without too much extra luggage. You can make your photo light box or purchase one in any size, but in general the cube will be approximately 12 to 20 inches square. Often you can collapse it for added portability.

Different Lighting

A photo light box lets you experiment with the placement of your lighting. Position lights on either side of the box, above it or below it until you find the ultimate lighting arrangement for clarity in your finished photos. You may want one lighting set-up for one item and a different set-up for the next item, and the photo light box provides the structure you need to move your lighting around to achieve different effects. The white sides of the light box reflect your lighting in order to show off the item you photograph.


A photo light box is relatively inexpensive -- you can find them online for approximately £13. You can also build your own and save even more. Assemble a cube shape made from white foam core board. Use several lamps or flashlights from around your home and point them at the cube from different directions to achieve different lighting effects. For another option, try cutting a large square out of each side of a regular shipping box, then cover the box with white tissue paper and slide a piece of white cardstock inside it to provide the background. Shine the lights through the tissue paper and into the box.

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