NOTE: You do not need an expensive camera to take nice pictures! Although the results will be better, you can also use an ordinary smartphone camera (which a pretty decent nowadays).
A photo box can help a lot to improve your model pictures.
The major advantages are:
- a well illuminated model
- diffused light to minimize shadows
- and a uniform and smooth background
Here, I will show you how I build one.
What you will need
- Large cardboard box
- Hobby knife
- Duck tape
- Diffusion textile (bought on Amazon, 1,5m x 1,8m for 9€) but you could use white backing paper, too
- Lights of course – I use two 15W LED Lights with 5500k (I found them on Amazon for about 30€) and a ceiling lamp (halogen lamp 5000k)
- Cardboard sheet as background (or any other smooth and flat material that can be bent)
Some more tips
- Don’t place the lights sources too close to the photo box — of course this depends on their brightness
- To lighten up the lower sides of the models even more, you can install some reflectors inside the box. These could be from white paper, styrofoam or any other bright and flat material. Place them in an angle so they reflect the incoming light to the areas needed.
- Use light background for dark models and vice versa. (Of course this is to taste and only a general recommendation that does not apply to every model!)
- Try to get lights with a cool color temperature of about 5000k! This prevents your pictures from getting a yellowish touch like they would get in direct sun light or from ordinary light bulbs.
- If you get troubles with lens flares, shield the camera from direct light as I did in the setup picture above. Just add some cardboard between the light source and the camera and the problems are gone.