I've been struggling with taking photos, and after toying with buying a new camera, lights and a light box, or building my own after watchin' numerous you tube videos, this is what I came up with. (ps this is also a flickr link test, so bear with me)
I stumbled on a large clear plastic storage container, and combined with 3 sheets of A2 tracing paper (top and sides) and white backing card I was in action.
So armed with my smart phone camera and my existing desk lamp this is the sort of result I got which I'm more than happy with.
All up $29 NZD.
Hope this helps someone else.