Tuesday , 26 September 2017
Creating a White Background Inside a Cardboard Box

Creating a White Background Inside a Cardboard Box

Creating a White Background Inside a Cardboard Box

I covered the inside of cardboard box with white foam core to create an even white background. Here is a step by step showing how to do it.


Choose a box that it’s height about five times taller than the object you want to photograph. Remove the top flaps and two of the sides.


Cut three pieces of white foam core to fit the panels of the box. You can use any other white material as long as it is rigid and stays flat.

Tape the pieces of foam core board to the box.

In the inside the three pieces should fit seamlessly.

The light will come in through the window, reflect back off the white walls of the box like pool balls and give a light that is even and soft.

Put the box near a window. Try turning it around until you to find the spot where the light falls on the inside as even as you can get it.


The three panels will never look exactly the same – which is a really good thing because if they did the picture would look flat. A little imperfection can give a photograph character.

We are ready to go!
Experiment photographing in different areas inside the box and turning the box around to change the light.


You may also try photographing close to the corner so as to create the feeling of being some place.

Next week we’ll take a picture of silver jewelry by my kitchen window.

I am an advertising photographer living in NYC. My pictures help large companies sell more and to keep their brands looking fresh. I am also the founder of Via U! , an online studio dedicated to assisting artists selling in Etsy increase their sales too.

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34 comments

    • Thank you so much for this very informative lesson. I am going to bookmark it because I have always had a problem with photographing my work. Thanks again.

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  2. Wow! This was super easy!! Love the FreshDirect box!! LOL

  3. Juan Eduardo Carter Wainer

    Thanks! although a photographer is still needed, these tips, make the looks of a product available to the naked eye!

  4. I’m going to have to try this I think I already have a box that I can use.

  5. I made one of these previously and it works great! This is a wonderful tip.

  6. You have really done it again for me… Thank You So Much!I have done some sort of light box following another Etsy article, but this is super !
    Must do a bit more planning and thinking because some of my handbags are quite big.
    Kiki x

  7. Wow! This is so helpful! I love natural light shots, but I also love the light box effect. Now I can have both!

  8. Thanks for a very useful advice!

  9. Thanks for sharing…can’t wait to try this!

  10. Wow great tip..I always have trouble photographing things for my shop..Thanks so much..!

  11. Very helpful advice. I’ve seen directions like these using poster board. I like the foam board better.

  12. Very helpful advice. I’ve seen directions like these using poster board. I like the foam board better.

  13. Fantastic idea and so easy!!

    I even have a box on hand that I had been thinking of tossing out … now I know what to use it for :)

  14. This was really helpful as I always have trouble with backgrounds not being bright enough.I like the idea of making my own mini light box. Off to try it out :)

  15. That’s a very good idea. Always struggled with my product photos and the right background. Thanks! :)

  16. So cute! thanks for sharing.

  17. Great tip, thank you for sharing this! I’ve been working on my photography for a while and it’s great to gather little tricks like this =) x

  18. Thank you so much for this tip! I’m a newbie blogger and my pictures are such low quality. I knew I needed to do something to improve them but didn’t know what – I will be trying this over the weekend with my latest craft.

  19. Very helpful. Much appreciated

  20. I think that any thing that is hand made is more worth keeping much better than something made in a factory something that any one can have where as hand made is something special
    like when my grand children do paintings for me I keep them all thank you for your site

  21. Patricia McClanahan

    love your site and greatly appreciate your tips. Thanks for following!

  22. I have been doing something similar for years with old game boards from a thrift store.
    Find the kind of full sized game boards that fold into square, not the old ones that fold in half.
    (Look for the ones with a textured black back.)
    If you want a backdrop other than black, then lay them flat and give the textured side several light coats of flat or matte finish spray paint.
    Once they are dry, lay them out with the textured side up, take the “loose” quarters and overlap them to make a three sided shape like your box.
    Make the overlapping sides the bottom.
    You can alternate which one of the bottom quarters is on top when one of them gets dirty.
    They take up almost no space, can be repainted when needed, and cost almost nothing.

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