Store Tip: Take Awesome Professional Product Photos - Make Your Own Lightbox

We've got a great tip for you today! If you've got a store set up on your JimdoPage (or you're thinking about it), taking professional product photographs is essential. And what do you need for awesome pictures of what you're selling? The right background and lighting! So today we've put together an easy guide on how to make your own lightbox. It's really easy, and it makes an enormous difference in the quality of your photos.


  • 1 cardboard box
  • 3 sheets of butcher paper or another light-weight paper
  • 3 lamps ("daylight" lamps are preferable)

How to Make Your Own Light Box

What is a light box? It's a photo studio in miniature. Shooting photos in the lightbox keeps the focus completely on the items you want to depict; there are no distractions in the background (which is white, or whatever color you choose to make it) and lighting from three sides eliminates any shadows. Click on the photos below to see the steps.

By lighting through the paper, the light is diffused and prevents stark reflections and shadows.

Two more tips:

  • If you can, use lamps/light bulbs that imitate natural light. Otherwise, your background will appear slightly yellow, like in the picture below with the apple.
  • Always take the photos without flash


Comments: 17 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    sirjamilla (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:13)

    this one is a very helpful tip...not to mention economical too. thanks!

  • #2

    Costantino Paradiso (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11:57)

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    darioscapittadesign (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:14)

    It was just what I was looking for!! Another great idea by jimdo!! Thanks, Dario, The Netherlands.

  • #4

    rentahand (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:41)

    great of you to let us in on your ideas! Thanks a bunch and keep up the good work!

  • #5

    natgeoteam (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:38)

    Thank you for this Tip:)
    i really needed this:)))

  • #6

    alexander rozinek (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:17)

    hey guys! thanks a lot for this tip. this exactly that tipe of tips that one needs to make a difference without spending lots of money for advertising... thank you!!! i'll go and try it out as i come home...

  • #7

    Cassie Piper (Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:06)

    Great tip!! I usually put my cupcakes near natural light against a white wall, but that means I can only take the photos during the day.

    This will help a lot, thanks!

  • #8

    micheleofarrell (Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:33)

    Hey you guys are awesome and this is a great answer for my uni assignment

  • #9

    trisulacaturwiwarajagat (Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:25)

    so simple, nice

  • #10

    Yopo Gott (Thursday, 16 September 2010 18:50)


  • #11

    hpzworkz (Friday, 17 September 2010 13:51)

    Extremely cost effective and gives next to professional results. I agree to the fact that the best pictures are taken with out the flash.

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    eyschentom (Saturday, 18 September 2010 09:20)

    Thanks , really easy , economical and good

  • #13

    take2 (Wednesday, 22 September 2010 03:18)

    That's Great thank you very much Chris

  • #14

    Save My System (Wednesday, 22 September 2010 11:55)

    Thanks for the tips, will send you the feedback after putting them into practice

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    Rob (Monday, 27 September 2010 00:41)

    Wow... That's indeed a great tip!!

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    kao-miniature (Wednesday, 29 September 2010 01:44)

    Wow! I have been searching way of having nice photo of my collection. It is really a great tip. Thank very much.

  • #17

    reuben chircop (Saturday, 19 March 2011 12:35)

    very interesting article. its incredible how such simple things make such an effect