I purchased a lightbox back in January from Ebay for just under £9. I didn’t get a lighting kit included because I decided to try and save money and sort out my own lighting.
The lightbox itself was a pop up tent type cube, 50 x 50cm, and it came with four backdrops (other sizes are available).
The tent comes in a small circular bag, and when you take it out of the bag the tent partially pops up and it’s easy to open it out the rest of the way. You have the option of having the front that you shoot though either fully open, or you can close it with the Velcro front piece; this has a slit in it that you can poke your lens through.
The backdrops came folded up and plastic wrapped and you’ll want to keep these away from pet fur and the like. To get the creases out I ironed mine with a clean damp cloth between the backdrop and the iron. They are a little bit see though when positioned at the back of the tent (they come with Velcro patches) if there’s light behind the tent. I used a thin pillow positioned upright behind the cube to block this out.
Because I was shooting horizontally, and not down at an angle, I needed to raise my subjects a bit due to the edge of the cube, but this wasn’t a big deal.
The only difficulty I’ve had with this tent so far is packing it away again. It’s not that easy to fold back up until you have the hang of it! I watched this How to fold a lighting cube video by Gavin Hoey to get to grips with it.
For the money I paid I’m really happy with the cube; it’s easy to use, and as a little experiment into still life it was worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can photograph with it.
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On Ebay the lightbox was listed as 50 x 50cm Photo Studio Shooting Tent Light Softbox Cube Box Kit + 4 Backdrops
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