How to Make a Light Box for Food Photography 

How to Make a Light Box for Food Photography! Lightboxes are used for food photography because they provide bright and uniform light. When you’re photographing food, it’s important that the photo is as close to reality as possible so people know what they’re getting before purchasing it. The best way to accomplish this is by using a lightbox! How do you make one? It turns out making your own photo lightbox is actually pretty easy! You can use an old shoebox or anything else that will diffuse the light evenly-just make sure there are no holes in it.

Do you want to take great food photos but don’t have access to a professional lightbox? I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own DIY lightbox!

How to Make a Light Box for Food Photography 

To make a lightbox, you will need

  • A cardboard box (any size)
  • Tape
  • Parchment paper or wax paper
  • Scissors
  • A lamp with a white shade

Now, let’s start..!

Step 1: Cut the top off of the box. Cut two flaps on one end of the box.

Step 2: Turn the box so that the flaps are facing down and tape them together.

Step 3: Cover the inside of the box with parchment paper or wax paper so that it reflects the light.

Step 4: Take the lamp and turn off all of the lights in your house to make sure that only the white light is on. If you cannot figure out how to remove the shade from your lamp, don’t worry. You can still make a great lightbox without removing it because this will create a more diffused light.

Step 5: Place the lamp inside the box and position it so that it is shining on the food you want to photograph.

Step 6: Take your photo! Experiment with different angles and distances to see what works best for you.


I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know if you have any questions! If you want to, go ahead and cut out the front of your box. I left the front open so that it is easier for me to get my camera in and out, but this is up to you. You can also try sticking a sheet of white paper inside of your box to make it even brighter.  

Thank you for reading this post.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a food photo lightbox?

A lightbox is a translucent or transparent enclosure that provides even, diffused lighting for photographing small objects, usually with a digital camera.

Why use a food photo lightbox?

Food photography can be tricky. The right lighting is essential to capture the colors and textures accurately in a photograph.

A lightbox is a great tool that can help you achieve just that, even when natural sunlight is not available. It’s also easier to carry them around for location shoots indoors and outdoors.

How does it work?

A food photo lightbox usually has several color-corrected lamps inside it that provide soft, even lighting. What makes them different from other lighting solutions is their size and portability. You can take them anywhere you go, allowing you to take pictures almost anytime, anyplace.

Note: Interested to know How to Take Pictures of Food Professionally? Read here.