this video by Robert Morrissey, author of the book Master Lighting Guide for Commercial Photographers.
Digital Photography School blog is an excellent site and they have instructions on how to make one using an unwanted cardboard box, white cloth and white bristol board - assuming you have a camera and lights (top picture).
I also like this video tutorial called DIY Macro Studio by justsomekid2 on YouTube. The box idea is simpler to construct than the Digital Photography School one.
Check out Paige&Brooke for the tutorial.
tutorial is by Stephen Dow on the CreativePro.com site. He also suggests a pillow case!! His article is definitely worth a visit as there are variations to the fast and cheap light tent idea. He said one of their most successful light tents involved a small white lampshade and a couple of facial tissues! Actually anything translucent like a plastic storage box or a paint can liner will be worth a try.
evilmadscientist had a diabolical tutorial with a cylindrical lamp shade!
If you could get one of those plastic shelving units like in the above picture by mightyohm on Flickr, rice paper, tissue or some cloth draped over it might also do the trick. Check out his tutorial on his blog.
tutorial for the plastic pipe light tent.
For that professional touch - the reflective type of jewelry photo, you'll need a glass (or clear plastic) riser. Colorado Photography by Chester Bullock has a PVC tutorial which incorporates a glass riser. If you have something like a small u shaped glass shelf, it'll also work inside any light tent.
Jeffrey Bail of JPGmag has a tutorial you can follow to make one out of ordinary wire coat hangers, wire, glue or tape, Bristol board and binder clips. He favors white nylon over thin white cloth.
For more tutorials check out my Jewelry Making Tips
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