make a light tent for small object photography

when mike g sent me a link from a site called evil mad scientist, i was sufficiently intrigued. alas, no ikea-world-domination-scheme in sight but a clever hack.

lenore created a photography light tent out of an ikea lamp shade. shooting a small object inside the light tent minimizes reflections, shadows and backgrounds. brilliant!
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all you need is a skimra lamp shade with a hole on its side for your camera lens to peep through. the lampshade is already a diffuser and the curved surface provides the seamless background. it gets pretty good shots too (see samples below).

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see more of the evil mad scientist’s lampshade light tent.


ikeahacker on nyt!
much thanks to penelope for the wonderful feature on ikea hacking and this blog. i am absolutely thrilled to read their stories and ‘see’ some of the hackers! click here to read the article and view slideshow. yes, there’s a bit about the real me too. 🙂