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Light Tent Set Up

Tinysd Feb 22, 2008

  1. Tinysd

    Tinysd Skull Cracker Brigade Member

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    I have received many pm's asking what I am using, so I took some quick photos of what I use.

    Coop has an awesome set up and thread for his $75 tent. No frills tent.
    I learned a lot from reading that thread.

    This is what I use for some of the smaller items. You can shoot through the hole and the light bounces off the front cover.
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    With the front cover off is how it is used the most.
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    The lights are hardware store clamp on with daylight bulbs.
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    Some of you were worried about room. This is the folding tent in it's case. I got it for about $30 on ebay.
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    Out of the case.
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    Opened and ready for use.
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    The backgrounds on the right came with the tent. I got the material on the left from Walmart.
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    I keep them hanging from these pant hangers to keep the wrinkles out.
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    A piece of the white board I use to direct light where I want it. Only a couple of bucks at the art supply store.
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    My tripod is a Manfrotto with a grip action ball head. It has a quick release mount that stays attached to the camera which allows easy set up.
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    If you have any tips or have some pictures of what you use, please add them to this thread.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. inkster

    inkster The Mayor of Bloomerville

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    Awesome post Thank you :devilzide I just don't know where to put the lights :bwah:
     
  3. Tinysd

    Tinysd Skull Cracker Brigade Member

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    You have to move them around until the light is where you want it. Well, that is what I do. :deadevil:
     
  4. inkster

    inkster The Mayor of Bloomerville

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    :devilzide Can you come over and help me? :ssad: I get worse with every photo. :bwah:
     
  5. Lemmy

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    That sure is a nice, clean garage! :thumbsup:
     
  6. GODDESS OF VENGEANCE

    GODDESS OF VENGEANCE Crazy Bitch Lady Devil Super Moderator

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    :clap: YAY, Tiny! :urock:
    :manganr:Lookin' forward to seein' more pics from Tiny & Devilz!:thumbsup:
     
  7. inkster

    inkster The Mayor of Bloomerville

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    :popcorn: More photo's please :wes:
     
  8. Iceman

    Iceman GI-NORMOUS member

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    what kind of camera are you using?
     
  9. willhunt

    willhunt much appreciated

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    Here is my current setup. Just some white poster board cut out to shape, with a frosted panel out of a flourescent light fixture, as a diffuser. My lights are some old Smith/Victor incandescents. A decent tripod, and use your 10 second delay shutter timer (if your camera has one) to avoid any camera shake. Maybe also a small mirror or another piece of white poster board to place in front of the knife for some fill light.
    I must say too, that Photoshop, or any of the many photo editing software available, should be a part of your digital photography set-up. Photos taken with even the most expensive camera/lighting set-ups can be dramatically enhanced with it.
    This set-up, with my older Canon G-5, took this pic of my BRKT Canadian Sportsman. With some tweaking in Photoshop.
     
  10. Tinysd

    Tinysd Skull Cracker Brigade Member

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    Nice! I need to get some real lights. :bwah:
     
  11. willhunt

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    Not at all, Tinysd. I think your pics are outstanding with your current set-up.
    I picked these lights up real cheap, and yes they work OK, but I have read about some newer daylight light balanced bulbs that you can put in very inexpensive fixtures, and get great results.

    I guess what I'm saying is that I don't think you need to spend a ton of money on lights/camera/lightbox to get some very nice photos.

    And I thank you for starting this thread. Photography is a passion of mine, and it's always a good thing to see what kind of set-ups and combinations that others use.

    Please keep'em coming.
     
  12. Tinysd

    Tinysd Skull Cracker Brigade Member

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    I would be nice to have the stands instead of clipping one to my bikes brake lever or a ladder.
     
  13. RoadFish

    RoadFish Cathar Knight

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    Tiny - If you want stands for your clip on lights, I found that for static, low level shots, old tripods or music stands work fine. That is what I used for shots in my TCF days at San Diego State. The best part was that I was able to "borrow" the stands from the Music Department......


    Question. I don't have a very good electronic camera, so I don't know if with better cameras you have to deal with f stops and such as we did with film. Do you shoot on automatic? Do you measure exposure and balance your key and fill lighting ratios with a meter? I still have my old Sekonic Studio Deluxe meter, would it be useful if I had a better camera? :chuck:
     
  14. GODDESS OF VENGEANCE

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    :yeahthat::thumbsup::popcorn:
     
  15. willhunt

    willhunt much appreciated

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    Here is another type of setup someone could make themselves. I'm thinking of building one myself.
     
  16. rickman

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    Ah, here's mine. Got the idea from "Sharp By Coop" over on Bladeforums.

    My lighting setup:

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    My studio setup:

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    Light diffuser is "Cracked Ice" fluorescent light diffuser, 6 inch clamp-on lamps with 100W Daylight fluorescents, pvc frames, vinyl floor tiles from Home Depot and a nice selection of art papers from Michael's craft store.

    Now to get better with Photoshop to clean em' up and make them look better.
     
  17. Iceman

    Iceman GI-NORMOUS member

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    Rickman,

    just to be sure that is the white cracked ice deffuser, not the clear cracked ice?
     
  18. rickman

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    Sorry, that would be the white cracked ice diffuser.
     
  19. SPLITSHOT

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    Thank's for the great idea's . i have to make me one .....
     
  20. Frstr8

    Frstr8 First Rate JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Thanks for the ideas! I just got a Nikon D90 and I am trying to learn how to use it. Been playing around, but I am gonna make something like what you guys have posted for sure! Here is a couple shots that I took while messing around.


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