Como fazer um SOFTBOX caseiro para seu flash
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How to make a homemade SOFTBOX for your flash

If you’re a photographer and use the flash (or to studio images or outdoor photos), you’re probably aware of the problems a flash can bring us: the shadows of an object are sharp, creating an artificial look to the object and to help fix it that may be a problem today you will learn how to make a homemade SOFTBOX.


When dealing with studio lighting, you can use a softbox to spread your shadows and this is an acceptable solution, but for the amateur photographer it has some disadvantages:

1. Usually, a softbox is very expensive. There is a version of softboxes that can cost hundreds of dollars.

2. Softboxes are usually great and can not go out with them out there with ease.

Even for amateur photographers, there are relatively low-cost options with Lumiquest’s flash softboxes, but anyway they don’t cost that cheap, around $90. There is also a Chinese version that revolves around $10.00

Well, I think $10.00 is not much money, especially when talking about photographic equipment, more in times of lean cows we will try to lower this cost to zero, or at least almost.

In the following tutorial, I will demonstrate how to make your homemade softbox for flash.

You will need two hands and a little patience, but your reward will be a good softbox and for $10.00 if you no longer have such materials left at home.


  • A hard sheet of cardboard or polypropylene sheet
  • A 10cm X 15cm white silk sheet. (Maybe you don’t have a shirt giving soup there)
  • A few inches of Velcro
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A template for your softbox (You can download this one here)
  • Computer and printer

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1- Download the softbox scheme Print the scheme in its original size (should take about 6 Pages A4 – three wide and two long).

2- Glue the sheets of paper together. (You can use circles as a guide between sheets.) You should end up with something like this.

homemade softbox

3- Cut out your mold, so you can use it as a guide on cardboard or polypropylene sheet

homemade softbox

4 – After passing the drawing to the final material (cardboard or polypropylene) cutout. Don’t forget to cut out the front part as well. In the end, you’ll have something like this.

homemade softbox

5- Now glue the velcro over the edges so that when closed turn a box.
6- Glue the silk sheet, or white silk over the front opening
Here’s what you’re going to get:

homemade softbox

When you paste the Velcros you’ll have it here

homemade softbox
homemade softbox how to make

Great, you’re done. Now it’s time for fun.


Here is a test did with a homemade softbox and without the softbox.

You can see that the shadow is harder on the photo that was taken without the softbox.

Photos with Nikon D70 | ISO400 | Opening F/8 | Shutter 1/200 | Nikkor lens 20 – 105 to 105 mm and a good old SB-28.

Using the softbox

Photos with Nikon D70 | ISO400 | Opening F/8 | Shutter 1/200 | Nikkor lens 20 – 105 to 105 mm and a good old SB-28.

Wolverine doll with soft light
Using the softbox
Wolverine doll
Without the use of Softbox

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Written by Rix Mascarenhas

Rix Mascarenhas is a photographer, videographer, and drone pilot at

Art lover, always involved with crafts, design, painting etc... As a photographer, I enjoy taking pictures and creating stories that have meaning and help people to thrive. My work is guided by the stories behind each scene that really represent the moment.


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