Make Your Own Photography Light Tent

DIY Photography Light Tent - Change photos from blah to WOW!

I can’t possibly begin tell you how excited I am to share this weekend’s project with you! Today I made my own photography light tent. The purpose of this tool is to take clear pictures of still objects. I can’t tell you how many times a good food picture was spoiled by imperfect lighting. Well ladies and gentlemen this will happen no longer because of Darren Rowse’s tutorial on How to Make an Inexpensive Light Tent. It cost me $3.12 to make this! I already had the box, fabric, tape, and glue, so I only had to purchase the poster board.

My husband bought me a set of lapis blue Fiestaware for Mother’s Day. This weekend, the set came in.  I thought I would demonstrate the light tent by using my Fiesta plate as a prop.

Here is a picture of the plate, taken under normal/regular lighting, on a white background. No filters were used, no editing was done, and the picture was taken with my iPhone.

Before using the DIY Photography Light Tent -

Here is a picture of the plate, taken in the photography light tent. Once again, no filters were used, no editing was done, and the picture was taken with my iPhone.

After - Using the DIY Photography Light Tent

Isn’t the difference remarkable! I bet you want to make one! This is what it looks like when it’s assembled.

What the DIY Photography Light Tent looks like assembled

Sorry for the crummy picture. Great… now I need a light tent to take a picture of my light tent. Wouldn’t that be meta?! If you take any food or still pictures for your blog, I seriously encourage you to make one of these babies. The hour of effort is truly worth it! Once again, Darren Rowse’s DIY tutorial to make one of these gems can be found HERE.

DIY Photography Light Tent - transform pictures from BLAH to WOW!
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
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    • says

      I love my Fiesta dishes. Over a year ago I wrote a posting exclusively about how happy they make me feel. My collection includes a place setting of 12 different colours (now it’s 13). I love how colourful it makes my table look.

  1. Kate says

    Ok, first of all you had me at light tent!!! Secondly, you had me at Darren Rowse!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this and I can’t believe I missed his tip. I have been needing to make one and I can’t believe the difference in your pictures! Sorry about all the exclamation points but I just can’t help it. Thank again! :-)

  2. Holly Marie says

    Great idea! I have several boxes left over from baby shower gifts, I think I’ll try this. Very helpful!

  3. says

    Finally getting around to reading this one (I was saving it for when I had time to really read it) and holy cow! You have no idea how much this helps me! I’ve been cringing over my food pictures! Of course most of the pics I take are in the evening when the lighting is terrible and I can never seem to get a good one. This is such a genius idea! Thank you so much for sharing Jennifer!
    PS. I have the same Fiestaware (in blue as well) and we love it :)

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. says

    I’m definitely going to try this! I’ll let you know how it goes. I just shared on my blog the other day about a homemade shoebox lightbox I made for my art projects! Thank you for sharing.

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