If you're looking for a cheap, and somewhat tasty, lighting solution for your selfies or smartphone portraits, look no further. Bah-da-ba-ba-bah, I'm lovin' this Big Mac box lighting trick.
Image via Philippe Echaroux's YouTube channel.
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Photographer Philippe Echaroux was challenged by a friend to come up with a super low budget lighting solution, and he came up with a clever light reflector made from a Bic Mac clam shell box. You can watch how he builds the reflector and makes great use of it in the video below:
To make your own, first eat a Bic Mac. That's the hardest part. Once you've cleaned the box of any lettuce (because they put way too much on those things) and special sauce, tear a little slot at the bottom so you can rest a small torch inside. Now, use a straw to prop open the clam shell box so light can reflect from both the bottom and top portions of the box. The box reflector makes sure your subject's face will be well lit without being washed out since it softens things up a bit. And that's it! You're ready to start shooting.