So, I'm sure you all have spent thousands of dollars for photographic equipment, right? I've seen your photos, you know who you are. Your photos look BETTER than the actual food does. I don't know how you do it, but I'm working on my skills in that area. So watch out!
My first salvo at leveling the playing field (Aside from a new camera, ahem) is to have a Macro Photography Light Box. Yeah, that's right, diffused light, different colored light, shadowless, beautiful photography by the use of a light box.
Thanks to a site I found called Strobist I decided to build my own. Yeah, build my own, right at home. So here it is:
I went to the grocery store and got an empty cardboard box. Then went to an art store and bought some semi-transparent vellum (or you can use tracing paper or even cheesecloth) as well as some various colored construction paper.
I then cut two sides out of the box as well as the top. Then cut the vellum to fit the three openings and duct taped it all around. Voila....... light sources from the sides and from above, and there ya go, a light box.
Cut some colored, or plain white construction paper the width of the opening and slide it along the box and up the far side. Bingo! Check it out!
Total cost: $6.49
I know you're probably laughing at me, and I would laugh too, but here are a sample of the first photos taken inside the box: