Ever had an assignment that you needed a light-tent for, say a product shoot – but didn’t have one handy? Yeah, me too. I started searching around for some material to put together a DIY one and then it occured to me – isn’t the center panel of a 5-in-1 reflector basically the same stuff? And already stretched around a nice springy frame too – perfect for an instant light tent. After a few aborted attempts, I hit upon the following. You will need
- the center diffuser from a full length 5-in-1 reflector
- 4 clamps
- a piece of matboard (or something else to make a nice sweep)
In short – bend the diffuser so it makes a nice arch, and clamp it to either side of a table. (best to do 2 clamps on one side, then the other). use the matboard as a sweep under it, and light as desired. Voila! instant lightbox (caveat: not quite as good as a “real” lighbox, but if you don’t have one and don’t want to spend the $$$ for one it’s a good substitute!
here’s how it looks: