Thursday, January 28, 2010

TUTORIALS : How To Make Your Own Light Tent

Photographic Inspirations
Part 3 of 3

I'm actually a natural light photography fan mainly because I don't have the space to have a light tent set-up. I also drag enough stuff to workshops and beading parties as it is. If you're like me, check out Etsy's Storque's fun video for natural light photography tips.



Even natural light enthusiasts could benefit from using some cardboard light tent tricks as shown in this video by Robert Morrissey, author of the book Master Lighting Guide for Commercial Photographers.



You can always make your own light tent especially if you'd rather spend your hard earned money on beads instead! There are lots of tutorials on the internet so I've picked my favorites. The 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.



You can use white foam board instead of cardboard and build up the side. Check out Paige&Brooke for the tutorial.

No time? Then try the tissue method. Tissue is translucent so it does the same job as the white cloth - diffuses the light. This 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.

The evilmadscientist had a diabolical tutorial with a cylindrical lamp shade!

Homebrew Light Tent





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.

If you are handy with PVC pipes and connectors, you can also build your own frame over which you can drape the fabric. Richard Hinton on Eyefetch wrote this 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.

If you lack the space to keep a box around, a DIY collapsible light tent might be useful.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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6 comments :

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

Great tuts on making a light tent. I do wish we had more daylight/sunlight here in Rochester. That would have at least helped out in not having to use a light tent all the time. I've also found using the setup I purchased from EZCube....the "box" is really restrictive. If I want to take a piece out that I've just pictured and put another piece in and lay it in almost the same way -there's not enough room for me to do this in the square opening and with the camera in the same spot in front. So that too can be frustrating.
-Stephanie

Ashley said...

Great info! I've been struggling with my pictures for a while now and I didn't want to invest a lot of money in a light box/tent but it was looking like I had to. So I will be trying out some of these tutorials to see if one of them works for me. (*crosses fingers*) Thanks.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Very helpful post...I think we all struggle with our photos...

I tried to make a couple of light boxes and gave in and bought a collapsible one similiar to the last photo, after which my photos did improve...but I honestly feel I take better photos just sitting the piece on my dryer which is beside my window that faces east!!! Works best for me...

Cheers

Joyce said...

great article!! did u post it in the etsy forum yet?

The Beading Gem said...

Thanks Joyce for the nudge! I just did.

Damien Franco said...

Really nice and comprehensive tutorial. I've used a couple of these techniques and they all work on the same principle so it's just a matter of finding one that fits your working space and your budget.

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