– Cardboard box (found around the house)
– 23 watt day light energy saving bulb from n:vision with light output (lumens) of 1200. (Purchased 2 for $8.00 at Home Depot)
– white satin fabric at the dimensions of three sides of the cardboard box (Purchased 1 yard for $6.00 at JoAnn – a local chain fabric/crafts store)
– sheet of thick white artists paper (I had this stuff at home, but I picked this up for a dollar or so at Michaels crafts/art store)
With all the materials gathered, I cut the box on four sides. After cutting, I taped down the satin fabric around the three sides of the box as seen in the picture. And as simple as that, I was finished. Since I’m only using 1 bulb, and I did not use anywhere near a full yard of fabric, the total costs for this light box is approximately 7-8 dollars.
Now for a few quick test pictures. I took the following pictures with the single light bulb setup:
The following pictures have absolutely no post editing. The blue tint in the G3’s pictures are due to using the "tungsten" setting for the white balance. I changed the white balance setting to "daylight" for the Haruhi pictures.