Built My Owen Light Tent

LifeHacker, which I mentioned in my last post, pointed me to the Digital Photography School, a blog all about. . . er. . . digital photography. Go figure. It has a lot of great information for an amateur photographer like myself. And when I say amateur, I mean that in the most amateurish sense of the word amateur.

For Kate’s business, we have to take pictures of her products outside, because the lighting in our house is terrible. So when I found an article on how to make an inexpensive light tent, I was all about giving it a try. So two weekends ago, Simon and I went out and bought all the supplies, and I spent several hours on Saturday and Sunday putting this guy together.

Homemade Light Tent
So naturally I wanted to give it a shot. Since this will hopefully eventually be used for product photos, I tried a couple of eyeglass cases Kate made.

Light Tent Test - Eyeglasses cases.
If I were using this as a product photo, I’d crop it tighter, but I left it as is to show the problem that I’m having with vignetting. It’s just one of several problems that I need to solve. In addition to lighting the top of the tent, I think I need to add some light on either side, as well. While my camera is great for a point-and-shoot, I think that I really would need a DSLR to get the kind of photos that I want out of this setup. However, I’m going to mess with the setting some more and see if I can’t get more satisfactory pictures.

The eyeglass cases weren’t the only test subject of the night. I also decided to give Laserbeak his five minutes of fame. Incidentally, this one was cropped, so the vignetting should be less noticeable.

Test Subject in Light Tent

3 thoughts on “Built My Owen Light Tent

  1. The vignetting doesn’t bother me so much as the hot spot in the top center of the eye glass case photo… Interesting thing you’ve done here … is it collapsible? Maybe I need to give it a try for myself. 🙂

  2. I *think* that lighting the sides might eliminate the hot-spot, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I might actually try a lower wattage bulb and see if it’s a problem of there being too much light and it not getting dispersed enough by the muslin.

  3. Ohhohohohoh! I’m so excited about the digital photography site. I need some schooling.

    And for the record, I think the vignetting adds a neat effect. Although it would probably get old after a while. And the outside pictures are sooooo pretty.

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