Today I made a little light tent, for closeup photography. I needed it for a client’s product photo — usually our clients have their own product images, and when they don’t I’m more than happy to refer them to a professional photographer in the area. But this was such a simple little job, and we needed it in a rush.
Plus, I was itching to try out the DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio I’d seen on Lifehacker — they’d initially mentioned it years back, and again recently. And goodness knows I need a better solution for shooting little things for this site, like cocktails and whatnot.
The project was simple. The box I used is a basic U-Haul cube (from my last move, nearly 10 years ago, still sitting in the garage with unused ski clothes mouldering in it). It’s perfect for most small items. For lights, I used some old lamps that previous owners had left in the house when I bought it. I bought the tissue paper at Target (since everything I had on hand was red or green for holiday gifts).
The product photos are clear and nice, and while the light color wasn’t
ideal — due to my using those incandescent lamps — Photoshop heped me
fix the colors and brightness easily.
I was so pleased I decided to celebrate with a Bijou cocktail.
Here’s my fab, oh-so-cheap-and-good macro photo setup:
Expect more and better closeup photos in future.
Very cool. I love tinkering with the macro settings on my cameras, but light is always a hassle. I’m going to give this a try…
Very cool. I wouldn’t have thought you could get such a great shot out of such an easy setup. It looks like something out of a magazine.
Great shot — and BEAUTIFUL home, Cindy!! You are amazing….
Wow. That cocktail pic came out great. I’ll have to tell my girlfriend who makes glass bead jewelry. She always struggles to get quality shots of her pieces.
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