By Ashley Shufelt | Illustrations by Alex Nunez

1) What you’ll need: a large, sturdy cardboard box; a few 14×17 inch sheets of tracing paper; 1 or 2 sheets of Bristol board; a knife; scotch tape.

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2) Cut holes in three sides of the box the size of your tracing sheets. (Tip: trace the pad on the box beforehand and then cut about 1 cm inside the line you traced)

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3) Tape the sheets of tracing paper onto the box, covering the holes.

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4) Stick some sheets of Bristol board on the inside to create the backdrop (if you don’t have Bristol board, any thick, white paper will work).

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That’s it! Your light box is complete. Now just position the lights however you want them, place your subject inside the box, and begin shooting.

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