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Thanks to Flickr user Matt Jones for hipping me to Udi Tirosh’s recent homemade softbox design contest over on DIYPhotography.net. For those, like myself, who may be unsure, a “softbox” or “soft box” is simply a diffuse lighting source for taking photos, commonly with a reflective interior and one or more diffusing panels that scatter the light and help prevent it from casting harsh shadows. The contest had seventy submissions, reportedly, and Udi has winnowed it down to his top 24. My personal favorite is one of the runners-up, shown above, by Minneapolis photographer Frank Syse. It consists of two bright CFL bulbs, an IKEA lamp cordset, a socket Y-adapter, and a cut-and-paste foamcore box.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJK4ICATD6GRBQUZ4KJBXZZSUQ Brittany

    I love this! I saw this the other day and so I tried building it myself with tools from http://www.my-tool-shed.co.uk/blog It turned out great! Thanks for the idea!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3A64TICFFAVGENPWMN6PJ3KVVA okmen22

    oh thask you ! it myself with tools from http://toilam.com