Light Tents – My Story
When taking shots for eBay, I was using an old white bed sheet on the floor in my bedroom. The bedroom was great because it was north west facing so it has a nice soft lighting effect which is perfect. The problem was that I was out most of the day and had to do any photography in the evenings and so had to resort to room lighting, which was not so good.
To get the shots I needed I had to wait until the weekends so that I could take the photos during the day again.
The bed sheet, I would hang from three sides of my bed, using pillows and a kit bag to keep it in place, then drape the sheet over the floor, which created a perfect backdrop for the products I was shooting.
This arrangement was good until I started upping my eBay activity then the whole thing became quite cumbersome and I wanted something more permanent and easier to use.
Enter the Light Tent
That’s when I stumbled upon two things that upped my game completely. We have a spare bedroom in our apartment, which my partner likes to keep as a spare bedroom. But we reached a compromise.
So I got myself a light tent, and found mine here Photographer’s Light Tent
And a tripod, check those out here best camera tripod
The great thing is I can leave them set up all the time but they’re really quick and easy to take down. The light tent I leave set up on the dressing table but cover it when not in use to prevent dust settling on it. Dust is one of the worst enemies for product photography and it’s hard to see until you’ve download it to the computer. Always vacuum when you can to keep the dust at bay.
Make sure you get the light Tent that comes with two lights, you place each of these either side of the tent and they shine through the translucent white material giving a soft even light. Very important to get the pro shots that help sell your stuff.
What it means is that I can take the lens cap off of my trusty Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX10 II, take photos and have everything is up on ebay in a matter of minutes. A massive time saver and my pictures are better as well.
The camera you want to get, doesn’t have to be expensive but does need manual controls. I just set mine up once, check the image, making sure the product is dead center. Then set the timer, so I don’t jog the camera web when shooting.
Very important, make sure your camera can share photos wirelessly. Most do, but you don’t want to be downloading images. All that fiddling around wastes time. Also take a photos that look good and you can use straight away. Again photoshop just adds time to the whole process and we’ve all get better things to do, right?