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.
Interested? Read on after the jump.
- Aperture: ƒ/9
- Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
- Focal length: 28mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/160s