This is my light tent by CowboyStudio. I love it. I got it as a Christmas present (thanks Jonna!) and have used it almost daily ever since. It folds up for easy storage, but since I use it so often I don't put it away. It's huge and sometimes in the way, but it is so convenient to be able to throw something in the light tent and take a picture of it. Shadows are almost non-existent, glare is significantly reduced, and the soft light looks great.
When I first started taking pictures of the projects I make, I would just put them on the carpet, wait for the afternoon light, stand above them, and snap. I cringe a bit when I see these photos- they certainly don't enhance my projects. Here's one of the better ones:
Altered clips, before and after.
It wasn't long before I realized that beige carpet is not the best background for my artwork. I graduated to using a piece of white posterboard. I would prop the posterboard up against a wall so it curved, wait for acceptable light, then set the object on it and snap away. Much better.
Thank-you gifts for MOMS Club volunteers.
When I couldn't get decent light indoors, I'd head outdoors. Sometimes I took my posterboard with me, while other times I just put my project in the grass.
The bag from my DIY Scavenger Hunt.
Both indoors and out, I really struggled with glare and shadows. If I didn't take the picture during the right time, it looked terrible. Unfortunately, it isn't always convenient to take pictures during one short time period each day. Enter the light tent. Now I can take pictures of my projects from dawn until dusk.
The photo tent comes with four backgrounds. 95% of the time I use the basic white:
A thank you card and gift bag for Trevor's preschool teacher.
The remaining 5% of the time I use black:
The other two backgrounds are blue and red, but I haven't used them at all.
I still scan all my flat projects, but the light tent has revolutionized the way I photograph anything dimensional. It's so easy and the results speak for themselves.