Sunday, April 06, 2008

Light Tent

I received my light tent on Friday. Its a product made by EZcube which is useful for controlling light for product photography. I managed to get a 30" Light Tent used one pretty cheap but even new they are quite reasonable.

In order to give it a try I photographed a wooden toy car which I purchased in India a few weeks ago. The car is hand carved and assembled from solid wood and is well built.

I didn't experiment with many configurations for the strobes (I'll do that in the coming weeks) but the light tent does do its job, namely diffusely scattering light all around the inside of the tent. This will definitely be useful for those folks who photograph stuff for websites or items for sale at places like eBay.

There are two things I'm looking forward to photographing in the tent. First are flowers; the white background should provide nice contrast for particularly colorful flowers. Next is food where the neutral lighting and white background should be useful. The 'top' (as I've oriented) has a zippered flap, so one could arrange an array of small point lights to photograph jewelry. Pictured to the left is the setup I used to shoot the car at the top.

I am also switching to Zenfolio to host the images for my PhotoBlog. Not only do I have much better control over the images with Zenfolio but the resizing algorithm that Zenfolio uses to generate the smaller images and thumbnails works well.

Technical Specs (top): Canon 1D3, 24-70 @ 34mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100.

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