A few days ago I happened upon a homemade light box tutorial,
which also happened to be a good thing,
since the skies were grey and drippy.
I don't have the links, but there were all sorts of easy to find tutorials. Some used cardboard boxes (with sides cut out), others used PVC pipe cages. The easiest, and the one I used, was a clear plastic bin, which is what you see below. In all cases you need to diffuse the light with tissue paper or a white sheet, covering your structure. I definitely needed more/better lights, (shining in the top) and I think a deeper box would have helped.
I put the lights pretty close to the fabric. Don't start a fire doing that!
Oh, I also like the trick of using a piece of paper taped up behind your subject, to give that seamless background.
Here's a little fawn I found at Sally Anne a few days ago. In the light box......
.... and on my desk, in front of natural daylight.
(which I almost like better)
Kissing Salt and Pepper in the box.......
..... and on my little shelf where they've been living lately.
I tried also tried them with some great sparkly fabric, though the colour isn't right.
To hold the fabric up I used one of those flexible cutting mats, and just taped the lower edge onto the floor of the plastic box, then draped the fabric over it.
All of these photos were taken using the automatic setting....
... because I'm nincompoop and haven't read my manual yet! Ha-ha!
The whole thing was easy and pretty fun.
If you're a photography newbie like me and give this a try, let me me know how it goes !