Thursday, May 12, 2011

Meet my light tent- Studio Tour Part 2

My light tent has become one of the most important tools in my studio. Even during the winter when it's gray (and completely dark at like 4:30) I can take consistent bright photos.

Now I know a lot of you have your own light tent/box solutions (and I'm not saying this is better or worse) but I really like this set up and I'll tell you why.

  • First- It's collapsable. For the most part the tent lives on that counter. But the whole thing folds up into a tiny little circle and fits inside it's own storage bag. Whenever I've needed this counter for extra work space I can fold it up and put it away.
  • Second- Setting it back up is easy. All you have to do is unfold it.
  • Third- It came with lights. One stand has a clip light and an overhead light, the other has a single light. Both are adjustable tripods so I can position the height and angle.

There is one downside- This setup is short on background options. It came with white and black background cloths (which can get wrinkled- also a problem) but sometimes I want color. So when I'm not using white I typically employ an oversized sheet of paper to get color or pattern.

I guess I could always make my own backgrounds out of fabric... but that seems like a bigger than my sewing abilities can handle.

It's also a little big- I considered a smaller version with two table top lights instead of tripods but in the end decided to sacrifice a little space to get a larger tent and more powerful lights. And I'm glad I did- even with this size I sometimes run into things that I can't photograph without getting bits of the tent edges in the background.

So there it is my light tent. I purposefully did not want to make this a commercial for the people who made this (not that there's anything wrong with them- they were great I just didn't want to make this a commercial) so if you're interested in what kind it is (or have any other questions about it) leave a comment or send me an email and I'd be happy to give you a link.


  1. I totally want to know where to get one!

  2. These little tents are truly fabulous. I don't yet own one but I would certainly recommend it to anyone building a "photo studio" for craft.

    Have tons of fun with it!


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