Pictures of a lightbox whilst photographing a handmade greeting card

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About Fabrizio Martellucci

Fabrizio has been paper crafting for the past 8 years and find it very therapeutic to help him deal with his disability. He mainly makes handmade greeting cards with the occasional Artist Trading Cards and Scrapbook layouts. Fabrizio has started to write articles to help other cardmakers with tips and some guides about technology, social media and other related content. Check his blogs and websites at :

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  • Fabrizio

    I’m glad I could help ! :)

  • Jamie B.

    This is a wonderful post!! I have been on a quest to figure out how to take better pics and had already figured out the flash would never work… so I would usually just take them though they were dark and fix them in Photoshop. I didn’t know about the camera settings so will definitely give that a try! I have heard of the white box and lightening.. I tried it a few times but I don’t really have a light that will reach overhead… so was using a light box in the front sort of aiming it toward one side of the white wall.. and seemed to work OK but sure was a lot just to get a few good photos.. The way you described sounds so much easier and probably yields much better results.. Thank you for sharing this valuable info :)

  • Penny Douphinett

    Thanks, Fab! I need to make myself a box and figure out how to turn off the flash. Just the info I needed – you’re the best!!!

  • Robin C

    Great Post. I hate the pics I take. When you have all that stuff in the background from PW like many of your photo’s, is it still taken in the light box?
    Thanks for the great info. I am going to try it.

  • Judy Headrick

    Thanks SO much for these instructions! This made an amazing difference in my photos and I had everything on hand to implement it so it didn’t cost me anything. I used four sheets of 12″ x 18″ semi-gloss cover stock for my light box. For lighting I have one incandescent lamp and two battery powered LED lamps that we use for camping. The LEDs combined with the incandescent balance each other out –LED was too blue, incandescent was too yellow. I love that my light box folds down flat for storage.

  • Fabrizio

    You’re welcome Penny. After Sam gentle nudge on the paperwishes forum, I couldn’t say no to her and decided to get on with it and write the article. I’m glad you’ve liked it. I’ve got the writing bug although I know I’m not the best writer ! lol

  • Fabrizio

    You’re welcome Dorrine :)

  • Fabrizio

    You’re welcome Louise :)

  • Dorrine Conrad

    Fab, this is a ‘fab’ u-lous resource…thanks a million!

  • Louise robertson

    thanks fab :) really usefull artical on taking proper photos and very interesting to read

  • Fabrizio

    You’re welcome Sam, I’m so pleased you’ve nudged me in that direction. I was toying with the idea of creating a site with useful articles so there it is ! Thanks to you ! lol 

  • Fabrizio

    Those pictures are taken quickly using my ipod touch on my craft desk. I will then take another picture of each single cards before uploading them to my blogs ! :)

  • Fabrizio

    That’s so cool Judy, I’m so pleased it worked for you and I totally agree with the lights, very clever. I forgot to mention that my lamp is a daylight light one but it’s not really important to have it like that. Looking forward to see your cards pictures :)

  • Sam B

    THANK YOU Fab!  Your photos on all your various blogs always look SO WONDERFUl so I knew you were the right man to explain it all to us – and as always your instructions are easy to understand as well!  Great job as always!!!