Monday, October 10, 2011

Product Photography

When I first started Dreaming in Craft I bought a small light tent to take pictures of my products when I couldn't get outside in the natural light.  I haven't really used it much because I have been able to take most of my pictures outside.  This weekend we finally got rain in Texas after months of nothing!  Everyone was really excited!  But, I had a problem.  I had a new plushie and a contest that needed to be posted on my blog and it was way too gloomy and wet to photograph anything outside.  So, I set up the light tent.

This is a picture of Rio that I took with a white fleece backdrop outside earlier this year.

It's not bad.  I always wished the backdrop was brighter but it was good enough to use.

This is a picture of my new plushie that I took using my light tent with the exact same white fleece backdrop.

Can you see the difference?  I'll put them side-by-side for you so you can compare better.

I can't believe how much brighter it looks in the light tent!  I will be using it from now on for all of my product pictures.  I'm even considering retaking my other product photos after the holiday show is over.  

If you have a small craft business like me and have been considering buying a light tent but didn't know if it was worth the money, I can tell you that it is.  I got a whole kit including the box, backdrops, camera stand and two lights.  It even folds into a nice little package for easy storage. 

My kit looks a lot like this.


It's nothing fancy but it does what I need and it's the perfect size for my products.  I found mine on ebay and it really didn't cost much considering how much you get with it.  I recommend looking around the internet to see what you can find in your price range.  You will be so happy you did.


Vera said...

wow! thanks for sharing this! i didn't even know something like that existed :) Going to add this to my list! oh and i totally love your monsters. a couple of days ago i made a few sketches to make one ha ha

marci said...

Vera - I love my little light tent. It folds up into a nice package so it's easy to store and it fits nicely on a table. I try to use it during the day so I can still have natural light along with my tent lights but I think it works pretty great. :)

I can't wait to see your monster!!

kate said...

What a great post! Since I've been sick for weeks I haven't been able to catch up on my blog reading but boy am I ever pleased I stopped by here! your creations are wonderful as always and I totally want to get a light tent! Great shots!

marci said...

Hi, Kate! I hope you're starting to feel better. I'm pretty behind on blogs right now, too, since I've been so busy. I'm trying to get caught up when I can.

You should definitely get a light tent. I've had mine for a while but I always assumed photographing outside would be better so I didn't use it much. Now I'm going to use it for everything!