To make a light box, you need a clear container, a white plastic tablecloth or thin white cloth, 3 lights, and a piece of white poster board. I found everything I needed for around $25 at Target.
The first step is to cover with container with the plastic or cloth and secure with tape. I used masking tape, but I might go back and use clear packing tape. You do not need to cover the bottom of the box with the plastic, because you will be covering it at a later time.
Measure the bottom of your box, and cut the poster board to fit inside. I accidentally cut my poster board from the wrong direction so it was a little bit on the short side. I added a piece of card stock to the top which is fine when I need to take pictures of smaller items because it won't be seen. If I want to take wider pictures,that will not be a problem either. Sit the box on it's side and cut a wider piece of poster board to fit the width of the box. Make sure though that it is long enough to cover the bottom of the box, so you have a place to sit the item you are photographing.
I found these clip lights for $5.99 in the light aisle. I only bought two because I already have a desk lamp with an adjustable next to use on one side. I aimed each of the side lights into the box.
I clipped one of the lights to the top of the box, and aimed it down.
I went in my craft room, and found my cute little Easter Treat Boxes . I thought they would be a good thing to photograph, especially with Easter coming up soon. This is one of the pictures I took with the light box. It is unaltered with the exception of my watermark. I think I need to lower the lights a little bit more, but I do like how the photo turned out.
This picture is the combination of the light box, and applying an auto adjust to the photo. No other altering was done. I really like how bright this photo turned out.
I took this picture in natural light on my kitchen table. I noticed there were more shadows when taken in natural light. I will have to see how it works in the evening with even less light, but for now I am happy with how the light box is working.
I will be linking up my Light Box Tutorial on the following linky parties here.