Photo hacks: build a light tent for product photography with a cardboard box

Photo hacks: build your own light tent
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The standard set-up for still-life or close up photography dictates that the camera needs to be close to your subject. While this enables the camera sensor to capture every minute detail, getting the lighting right at close range can be a real issue. Shining light directly at the subject can result in burnt-out highlights, for example, along with harsh shadows.

The easiest solution to avoid these lighting issues is to diffuse the light. A great way to do this is to use a light tent . There are lots of commercially available versions available (such as the Orangemonkie Foldio3, and the Lastolite ePhotomaker). However, it is quite straightforward to make one yourself – using the step by step instructions below. 

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