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As I’ve been making instructables I’ve been trying to improve on the quality of the pictures I take. What you’ll read here is what I’ve learned over the past year about taking photos and how to make my “light box”.

The pictures you see are random items photographed in my “light box”. Each picture is also shown with the brightness increased a little through adobe photo shop. All other pictures on this instuctable are "as is" without any modification. My camera is a Cannon Power Shot. It cost me about $200.00.

Step 1: Natural pictures

Picture of Natural pictures
What I mean by natural photos are pictures that are taken without any effort to filter light. All these pictures are taken in direct sunlight. Because of that the shadows are very prominent. This could be a good thing especially if you want an out door’sy feel to it.

Taking pictures of small items in direct sunlight doesn’t do so well. The shadow is often as big as the piece you’re photographing and distracts from what you’re trying to capture. So what to do? Stay outdoors but get to some shade.
ehudwill7 years ago
Thanks for writing this one. I am always working on my pictures. Have you ever tried using an old milk jug? The plastic is supposed to diffuse the light evenly.

Any translucent white sheet material or container will work as a diffuser.

Milk jugs, frosted plastic food storage boxes, or inside a paper lantern.

Mrballeng (author)  ehudwill7 years ago
Never though of it but that would probably work. Thanks for the idea.
raginmama1 year ago

Hi, When I uploaded my images, some were rotated and I don't know how to rotate them in the editor. Is this possible? Thanks!

PallaviC122 years ago
Many thanks for sharing.? I m new on DIY so still i need to learn ho it works....?

I love! Nice work

Very good:)
bygreencn5 years ago
Cool! Thanks for sharing.
DarkTherapy5 years ago
My effort :)
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Mrballeng (author)  DarkTherapy5 years ago
Cool! Thanks for sharing.
Kryptonite7 years ago
I've recently put a few electronic goods on eBay, and this Instructable has helped so much. I'm always striving for better looking photos, and my normal approach is a light box with four desk lamps surrounding it. This time I thought I'd try your approach for outdoor lighting, and it worked a charm! The pictures came up great, I used Gimp to either auto colour correct or manually change the brightness and contrast to polish up each shot and they look so much better than anything I could have done inside.

Thank you!
Mrballeng (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
I love to hear it. I'm glad this worked out for you. Maybe you could post a photo? Thanks for commenting.
There are two iPods here, the one with the crack that I managed to get some nice macro shots out of.

Sorry that there are so many :P

Thanks again!
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Mrballeng (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
Awesome! Good luck on the sale.
Thanks again, you've helped to no end.
These are all taken outdoors against a sheet of white paper.

They were all colour corrected with Gimp.
action pig7 years ago
Nice 'ible! I'm taking notes, I take terrible photos.
Brilliant! Good Job! Great Idea! Thanks!
andreq7 years ago
Great instructables as always! Been a while since I've looked at your work.

I never had time to thank you for that butterfly pendant... so Thanks! It's really a master piece.

I've been thinking about posting an instructable about photo shooting for some weeks now, you gave me the drive to do it.

It's will be about Flash photography and making something from design to reality :).
Mrballeng (author)  andreq7 years ago
Thanks. Glad you like the butterfly. And I'll keep posted for your instructable.
canucksgirl7 years ago
Some very good tips here. Thanks for sharing. We could all benefit from taking better photos! ;)
tinker2347 years ago
wow these look golden quality think i might try to take some portraits with this
black hole7 years ago
5* and faved. I've always wondered how you take such magnificent pictures.