SOFTBOXES ARE WIDELY used as photographic lights because they produce a very soft, even light. They are flattering to the subject and they are easier to use than umbrellas for controlling the direction of light. The problem with commercial softboxes is they are often very expensive, costing anywhere from $75 for an inexpensive model to $500 for high-end models.

This project will produce a softbox for under $20—less, if you already own some of the parts. The neat part about this project is the setup is very lightweight, and it produces excellent-quality light. The downside is that the softbox is a bit fragile, so you’ll want ...

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