Thinking Inside the Box — Small Product Photography the Easy Way

This is video from a speech I gave the other day talking about a quick and easy way to shoot small products for sale on Ebay or Craigslist.

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Instructions:

Take an ordinary box and cut big rectangular holes in two opposite sides, and in the top.

Remove one side completely.

Insert a thin piece of white posterboard into the box, forming a smooth curve from floor to background…..

Cover your big rectangular holes with tracing paper.

Now you have a tiny studio that you can use to take studio quality pictures of small products in.

Let me show you a few different possibilities for lighting up this magnificent (and expensive) device.

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Picture taken during speech

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Jon Davies

    Great presentation Tim and excellent and doable ideas to improve one’s photography! I could not believe the quality of the pictures taken in a simple cardboard box and a couple of lights jon

    • Hey, Thanks Jon! It was great to share the “Box” idea with everyone, I’m so glad that everyone seemed to like it. I love DIY type photography stuff, it’s kind of a thrill to get great results from really inexpensive tools. Take care!

  2. Shirley Gauthier

    Tim…this is one of my favorite posts. I buy/sell/and post on Craigslist. This information will no doubt help me increase sales! Your style of teaching is clear and understandable for a person like myself who still feels intimidated by my simple $100 camera.

    I love your photography work but believe you are equally skilled and talented as a teacher. Should you decided to teach classes sign me up!

    Shirley Gauthier

    • Hey, Thanks Shirley! I’m glad you liked the speech and post, and thank you so much for your feedback and evaluation today. Your comments were insightful and helpful, and I think will help me shape this presentation into a more effective speech/training. If you have any questions about building a “Box” of your own, let me know, I’d love to help!

Let me know what you think!