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whitphoto06 Jan 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

I've never been satisfied with my miniature photography despite having loads of lighting and camera equipment. I never could get rid of the shadows and the more elaborate I made my setup to try the more I would get annoyed. I finally decided to buy a light tent and was pleasantly surprised to find a rather large one for $20 USD on Amazon with free Prime shipping! I got it in last night and busted out some gear to take some test photos this afternoon!

emckinney06 Jan 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

How many lights are you using?

tkdguy06 Jan 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

I think I should get one too.

whitphoto06 Jan 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

emckinney: I'm using three flashes for this setup, mostly because that's what I have laying around. If I had to buy something I would have bought some 'continuous lighting' ie: light fixtures. If I had unlimited space I would have used my much larger studio strobes (portrait lighting).

tkdguy: They're very easy to use. The tent itself is just $20 USD for the 24x24 and I think $40 USD for the 36x36 (bigger is better! I was limited by space). They sell kits with lights for less than $100 USD if you don't have any lighting. With the continuous lighting all you need to do is turn them on and take photos. The flashes allow me some more flexibility (those photos are shot at f/14, flashes at 1/4 power) but you certainly don't need the $2.5 USDk worth of lighting gear there for photographing toy soldiers.

tkdguy10 Feb 2017 6:43 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info, whitphoto; sorry about the delay in responding. I made my own lightboxes, but I'm not entirely pleased with the effects.

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