Photography #1: The light tent

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Blog entry by Broda posted 08-23-2009 02:10 PM 2343 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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hey everyone,

about a week ago I posted a bowl here and one of the comments was about the reflection on the work and how it spoils the piece. So I remembered a tutorial about making your own light tent which diffuses the light evenly throughout the piece.

Since somebody allready blogged the process (SEE HERE), I didn’t bother with the construction of it, but thought I’d just share it with you and show some before and after pics.

The light tent

camphor bowl before (with editing)

camphor bowl after (with no editing what so ever)

jarrah bowl before (with editing)

jarrah bowl after (with NO editing)

You can allready see a huge improvement and the after shots haven’t even been edited yet!

The only other thing I need to do is get a bigger piece of cardboard for the background because you can see some of the tent in the after shot of the camphor bowl

And thankyou Sharad for commenting on the reflection which is why I made this light tent.

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 04:04 PM

I don’t know one end of a camera from the other, and I’m not concerned enough the lighting effects and how I should get studio quality pictures to show here.
I do know you knock out some awesome projects and I wish I had that kind of talent.
I’m saving up for a lathe and plan to bug you with a few questions when I can.
Keep up the good work Brody.
And thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 04:16 PM

Great job! Lighting makes all the difference in the world. I think diffuse/indirect/soft lighting is the way to go.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 06:18 PM

Nice job getting it done with a cheap fix. I purchased a pop up tent w/ two light stands and I was quite disappointed in my results. The tent gave a nice mellow glow, but the lighting was too subtle and did not show any of the intense grain pattern and the colors were muddy. I will need to change my light source for the tent for sure.

I usually use my dining table with a background cloth of grey microsuede fabric. My light source are ceiling mounted halogen track lights, so I have 5 glare spots to try to avoid. I turn my cane in the most beneficial direction and try to avoid scratching it against the legs of the tripod, as I have to do some pretty odd angles to get the glare, shadows and background just right. I’m having to stick with this method for now as it gives me the clarity of the grain until I can figure something else out.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 06:57 PM

Well done Broda. Thanks for providing the link for making a light tent.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 07:21 PM

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 09:31 PM

Very interesting,

-- Be safe.

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 09:37 PM

thanks for the share ,
so much to learn.
but since i’ve been here ,
with every ones help ,
just once !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 03:10 AM

Thanks Brody, I’ve always had a problem with pictures and lighting. I’m going to give it a try, and by the way, your turnings are great!

-- John @

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#9 posted 08-24-2009 03:17 AM

Great job Broda. I have been wanting to make some kind of a light tent for sometime now. These pic’s gave me the nudge I needed.Sure makes a huge difference….Dean


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#10 posted 08-24-2009 08:15 AM

Makes a huge difference in the pics. Great job on finding a solution and posting the link for the rest of us.

You turn very beautifull stuff, and we want to see ALL of it!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 08-24-2009 12:59 PM

The tent has made a big difference with the quality of the photos, I have a project that I’v used the light tent for and I’m going to post it tonight

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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