So after plenty of research on the prices of soft lights and how to make your own soft light I decided to create my own, which ended up costing around $30 (much cheaper than many options online).
- Lampshade- It really depends on your preference but I picked one up from Walmart for $9, it also needs to be big enough to fit a utility clip on lamp inside.
- Utility Clip On Lamp- You only need the metal fixing and socket, the clamp can be discarded
- Satin Sheet- Only enough to cover the large opening of the lamp
- Hot glue gun (and glue sticks obviously)
I removed the metal supports from the lampshade so I could fit the utility clip on lamp inside. To secure it I measured out a piece of cardboard to fit the small opening at the top of the lamp and cut a small square in the middle to fit the socket and cord through. I used hot glue to secure the cardboard. Then I placed the lightbulb in the socket and placed the square of satin over the large opening at the bottom of the lampshade. I made sure that the satin was pulled tight and secured it around the edges with hot glue. I would use a daylight bulb instead of a halogen bulb otherwise your photos will turn out with a yellowish hue.
And there you have it! A simple DIY soft light to help add a professional touch to your photographs. To help your photographs a little bit more you can place a piece of white foam board behind your food subject to reflect the light on the opposite side to ensure proper exposure of the subject.