This DIY “Desktop as Lightbox” idea popped up to my mind because of a photo challenge at PnSers which has a technical theme of “high-key photography“.
High key is showing bright tones or simply refers to predominantly light/bright/ or white exposures, most output are almost 90% entirely bright and with only a few features of the subject in detail.
With this kind of setup, you need
a desktop computer with at least 17inch LCD/LED monitor
4 long bond papers
a camera with a built-in flash
The whole process is so simple.
Hide your desktop icons
Choose “None” on your background and set color to “white”.
Then place the bond papers right in front of the monitor.
That’s it! You now have an instant lightbox using your desktop and your monitor as your white backdrop.
As you can see there’s no extra lighting as I’ve only used the built-in flash of my camera. This lightbox photography is so handy and advantageous for online sellers if you want to advertise or sell small products. Just place additional lighting fixtures to eliminate unwanted shadows.
Exposure Time – 1/20 sec
ISO – 800
Focal – 15mm
Metering – Spot
White Balance – Auto