Transmogrification – Trash to Light Tent

If you were ever curious about how those pictures of objects seemingly hovering over an endless background (like the ones of my new camera) were shot, you just got a taste of a Light Tent.  Most are constructed about the same – like this one.  You have what is essentially a box, with opaque panels on most sides that you can shine lights through.  There is a long seamless sheet of white or black material that starts at the upper back and swoops down and ends on the foreground floor.  They often collapse to a smaller size for easy movement, and unfortunately seem to cost upwards of $150.  I’ve been looking for a better way to take pictures of small objects, but at that price, it didn’t seem too attractive.  Luckily, I stumbled on a great Strobist article which shows you how to do the same for $10 or less, depending on what sort of trash craft supplies you have laying around.  For me, the grand total was $0.

DIY Light Tent from the front

Interested?  Read on after the jump.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s