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I am looking to buy a small light tent to photograph items against a white background, as well as photograph artwork for selling as stock (my wife's work) I do have a small pop up dome that is very limited and was wondering if anyone had any tips on a good model.

 

Is this one any good ? it seems reasonable with good led lighting. https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Light-Boxes-Loupes/Amzdeal-Portable-Professional-Photography-Backdrops/B079BGT9C8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1540214750&sr=8-3&keywords=light+studio

 

Thanks.

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That doesn't appear to be a light tent- it has opaque sides. So you would be limited to internal lighting. A light tent is white translucent with lights (or daylight) on the outside.

Lastolite Cubelites are the best but there are cheaper copies.

https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/lastolite/still-life-photography

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I believe the LED lights with the one Marb is quoting are on the inside of the cube so there will be spots of light showing on reflective surfaces too.

 

I got a light tent some time ago which came with lighting. I think it was 60 x 60 x 60cms and came with two lights on stands to place outside of the cube to shine through the material. It was called Konig and was quite cheap.

 

Allan

 

 

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3 hours ago, spacecadet said:

That doesn't appear to be a light tent- it has opaque sides. So you would be limited to internal lighting. A light tent is white translucent with lights (or daylight) on the outside.

Lastolite Cubelites are the best but there are cheaper copies.

https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/lastolite/still-life-photography

Thanks, will look into that.

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1 hour ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I believe the LED lights with the one Marb is quoting are on the inside of the cube so there will be spots of light showing on reflective surfaces too.

 

I got a light tent some time ago which came with lighting. I think it was 60 x 60 x 60cms and came with two lights on stands to place outside of the cube to shine through the material. It was called Konig and was quite cheap.

 

Allan

 

 

I hadn’t thought about reflections from the lights, unless they are diffused.

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43 minutes ago, Marb said:

I hadn’t thought about reflections from the lights, unless they are diffused.

The point of a light tent is that the walls do the diffusing. That black box precludes that.

To get diffusion you need space between the light and the diffusing material- the light source effectively becomes much larger and consequently softer. There isn't room in the box for that.

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Wouldn't tis do the same for much less and includes lights ? https://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-EP53-010726-Portable-Photo-Studio/dp/B01GPY5EL4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1540287241&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=portable+studio&psc=1

 

Thinking if the led lights caused reflections, you could always put some materiel/paper over the lights to diffuse.

 

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Same problem as the original one. It's not shoot-through and much more limited than a true light tent. The video doesn't show any reflective subjects and I think you would still have trouble with specular reflections. It doesn't tell you anything about the lighting at all- wattage, colour balance, distribution, anything.

 

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3 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Same problem as the original one. It's not shoot-through and much more limited than a true light tent. The video doesn't show any reflective subjects and I think you would still have trouble with specular reflections. It doesn't tell you anything about the lighting at all- wattage, colour balance, distribution, anything.

 

Ok, in that case stick with the small light tent I already have and invest in a couple of small, led lights on stands perhaps.

 

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Good plan, didn't know you already had one. You could even try daylight with camera on a tripod and long exposure, or anglepoises, or one or two flashguns if you have them.

This is the sort of thing Allan mentioned

https://www.reichelt.com/gb/en/mini-photo-studio-40-x-40-cm-fotostudio-40-p133648.html?CTYPE=0&MWSTFREE=0&PROVID=2788&wt_guka=54951070275_263550073172&PROVID=2788&gclid=Cj0KCQjwjbveBRDVARIsAKxH7vl9s6Hlzb7wy0nccYK1gBuLsmNDqzONPzby48_37rw-iqRXQECS3FYaAtnoEALw_wcB&&r=1

You don't mention what sort of artwork. Flat copies just need even light from each side usually. You may even be able to do that on the floor using window light.

 

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On 10/22/2018 at 14:34, Marb said:

I am looking to buy a small light tent to photograph items against a white background, as well as photograph artwork for selling as stock (my wife's work) I do have a small pop up dome that is very limited and was wondering if anyone had any tips on a good model.

 

Is this one any good ? it seems reasonable with good led lighting. https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Light-Boxes-Loupes/Amzdeal-Portable-Professional-Photography-Backdrops/B079BGT9C8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1540214750&sr=8-3&keywords=light+studio

 

Thanks.

I purchased the one below just over a week ago, a tad larger than i thought  but ok and does the job, only £20.49 and free posting.  

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B071GNKVR1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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5 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Good plan, didn't know you already had one. You could even try daylight with camera on a tripod and long exposure, or anglepoises, or one or two flashguns if you have them.

This is the sort of thing Allan mentioned

https://www.reichelt.com/gb/en/mini-photo-studio-40-x-40-cm-fotostudio-40-p133648.html?CTYPE=0&MWSTFREE=0&PROVID=2788&wt_guka=54951070275_263550073172&PROVID=2788&gclid=Cj0KCQjwjbveBRDVARIsAKxH7vl9s6Hlzb7wy0nccYK1gBuLsmNDqzONPzby48_37rw-iqRXQECS3FYaAtnoEALw_wcB&&r=1

You don't mention what sort of artwork. Flat copies just need even light from each side usually. You may even be able to do that on the floor using window light.

 

 

Thanks for picking that up Mark. I've been out of action today.

 

Allan

 

 

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