Sunday, 22 October 2006

DIY Light Tent

For shooting products/macro shots of objects, there are tons of expensive 'home studio' kits available out there on ebay/amazon/camera stores.

I just built myself one, and it cost me just... £1.15! If I had to pay for the lights also, it may have topped £5 :-) --> Wine case box with cut out panels on top, left and right, covered with tissue paper (the £1.15 cost :-)).Had some A3 cartridge paper - using smooth side up.Two desk lamps (from Ikea - think they only cost a couple of pounds each).Tripod - el cheapo one bought for about $50 in NZ a few months ago (~ £20?)Shoot a custom whitebalance guide - just a shot in the lightbox with no objects in there. Shoving up exposure compensation by 1 stop. Then a quick white-point adjustment in Photoshop levels and not too shabby!

Followed this tutorial on the strobist blog [link], and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I have some test shots up on flickr [link] , and have submitted a series of various 'things' to shutterstock - will post them here if they get accepted.


Light Tent



[Edit] Here's a couple that were accepted on shutterstock:



go and buy them now :-)

[Edit] Also have some up on istockphoto here

5 comments:

  1. Darn - found out the down side of using such fragile build items -- moving stuff about the other night and poked a tripod leg through one of the tissue paper panels. Least it's easy to replace a panel :-)

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  2. can we use incandescent light? do i just need to adjust the white balance?

    thanks!

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  3. guess so! as long as it's bright enough, and you can adjust your whitebalance in camera or in post processing, almost any lights should be OK. Try it out - not like it really breaks the bank to have a go ;0)

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