|Review by MrsN||posted 08-22-2010 03:22 AM||6081 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
This is not exactly a woodworking tool, but may be useful to some people. When taking pictures of the things we make sometimes it is hard to show off the true beauty of a piece because of the resulting photos. I am not an expert on photography, and my pictures are not perfect, but I thought I would share what I do know.
One of the things that I did that made the biggest impact on my photos was getting a light tent (some people call them light boxes or photo tents). There are lots of websites devoted to these and many have ideas on building your own units. Some are built from lumber and others from recycled cardboard. I needed something I could store and I found the CowboyStudio 12'' Photo Soft Box Light Tent Cube
The best thing about this light tent is that it is under $20, so I didn’t have to spend much to see if it would work. It also folds up flat so I can store it easily, and sets up in seconds so I can take photos when ever I am in the mood. Before I got this light tent I relied on nature for most of my lighting, I would take pictures outside when ever I had enough light to make it work. But I have a job and family so often I would end up taking pictures of things at 10:00 pm when everyone was in bed, and there is no sunlight. My basement shop is well lit for working so a few shots are not too bad, but it was hard to get a really good shot. The shear sides of the light tent allows the light coming in to be diffused and that is great for taking pictures. I use an adjustable desk lamp for the light, since it is attached to the desk I use to take pictures.
I have the 12” light tent but the company makes a 17'', 24'' and 30''. The 30” light tent runs $34 on amazon. I really like the 12” for the things that I take pictures of, but I would say that it is better to be a little big then a little small. If you were planning on photographing a lot of pens and jewelry the 12 or 17 would be big enough. If you wanted to do slightly larger projects like bowls or boxes I would recommend the larger sizes to be on the safe side.
The first photo is the stock photo from amazon of the light tent, the second is of the light tent set up on my desk, and the third is with the light on.
A few more pictures of the photo tent in use and some pictures I took with it can be found here.
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