Monday, January 18, 2010

Low Cost Tips from the Lilypad #2

I hate when ideas go by the wayside. I didn't get a real chance to get this recurring theme started due to my internet outage during the month of November throwing me for a huge loop. I am, however, prepared to do so now. So let's begin!


This post is not a new idea but it's still meant to be a useful add on to the crafty repertoire. So lets proceed to talk about the light tent. There are tons of blogs, youtubes, and instructables for the do-it-yourself light tent. The problem is that sometimes your measurements are off or you pick what you think is a good size to cut the hole in the cardboard only to find out you were wrong and its to big. In some cases, you just don't like the strength of the cardboard structure. I did just that and wanted to share the solution I found.

I simply took the scraps of cardboard from the lid and used them to secure the parts of the lightbox that felt flimsy.

As an example, here is half the flap cut from the top of the box. In the case of the box pictured here, I could get 2 cardboard strips cut from the flap and tape them on either side of the openings with shipping tape to create a more stable setup. Sure, cardboard box light tents don't last for ever but at least with this tip in play it's less likely to fall apart after your first photo session.

Now I can add the fabric or posterboard, set up the lighting and take some pictures without worrying about tearing up my box.


Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm planning on constructing one of those myself, and could use all the help I can get :)

Debbie (Nerd Goddess) said...

Thanks! I really need to make one of these. My Etsy photos all look pretty crappy. Maybe when I finally get around to that new camera I'll make one of these, too.