Pitch a Tent for Better Macro Photography

Pitch a Tent for Better Macro Photography

Got some antique beer bottles to sell on eBay? Photograph 'em better in a light tent.


> Decent camera, preferably with a macro lens
> 3/4-inch PVC pipe (26 cents per foot) and T-joints ($2 for 10)
> Ripstop nylon or similar fabric (such as a shower curtain)
> Velcro tape (or other fastening system)
> Big, sturdy table to work on


So you got yourself a digital SLR camera and now you think you're big stuff? Yeah, whatever. The cool kids are into macrophotography - super-close-ups of coins, bugs, flowers, whatever. The best way to capture such small fragments of the world is to isolate your subject in a light tent: a mini tabletop photo studio with light-diffusing walls. Place a few remote flash units (or table lamps) outside the tent, and marvel at your in-tent subject's perfectly even light.




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an easier and more reliable way than tape to fasten the material is to cut a foot of pvc into 1" pieces and with each of those cut 1/5 to 1/4 of the circumference out. now just clamp down the material in various spots. works like a dream.

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