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    Question Photo tent - am I missing something?

    I've been watching with great interest all the discussions on photo tents. I seem to be missing something though. It's basically a frame with some material (sewn into a 5 sided box) suspended from it and a few properly placed flood lights. Is that it?

    Well, the part that's confusing me is reading the words of all these fine craftsmen (98% of you doing nicer work than I could hope to) as they post ideas on where to BUY these simple frames. C'mon guys (and ladies). Have I missed it, or has no one undertaken the construction of a photo tent?

    You are all so ingenious in constructing jigs and home made tools. Heck, Travis in going to make a lathe out of a snowblower for Pete's sake! I'd love to see a pictorial essay on building your own photo tent.
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    Rennie, I've thought the same thing...is this a challenge to the forum?

    I've had an idea in my head for quite some time, but keep getting sidetracked. I have about 10 turnings that will be "camera ready" by the end of the week, me thinks I will make one. (unless I get distracted by spinning wood again)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Rennie, I've thought the same thing...is this a challenge to the forum? ....
    YES! I guess it certainly could be! Let's see what happens!
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    I cannot speak for photo tents because by and large the photos of work I take are too big to fit in one. For me, the sourcing of an appropriate material (translucent, right colour etc) and the construction of a mechanism that then holds that material in a crease free way that doesn't create shadow etc would probably take much much longer than it was worth when compared to the cost of buying a finished tent. They seem to start from about five quid over here and I probably couldn't even buy the needle and thread for that cost.

    Ingenuity is great and the satisfaction of making your own can be marvelous but I tend to restrict mine to where I cannot get what I want or where the challenge lets me achieve something that motivates me. On that basis I ain't gonna be making a photo tent anytime soon.

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    Tents

    I guess we/me are not big on working with fabric.

    Also you can buy a quickly collaspable tent for very little $$.

    I did not want to think about the fabric work and how to make it easily storable so I bought one.

    Check out John Lucas the woodworkers site. I think he has plans on building your own out of PVC.

    I bought a small tent, couple of 5100 temp bulbs, put them in fixtures I already had. Whole deal <$40.

    I love the 5100 K bulbs. Best lights in the house. I use the often for reading and close work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Simmons View Post
    I bought a small tent, couple of 5100 temp bulbs, put them in fixtures I already had. .
    Pete, I'm sure it's been covered somewhere before, but where did you get your bulbs? I can't find anything over 1500-1800 lumens.
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    Picked them up at a local lighting supply place.

    I think they were about $10 each. 35 watt compact flourensent.

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    Thanks Pete!
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    www.jamiedonaldsonwoodturner.com

    Jamie is a professional photographer who would probably describe himself as retired. He is also a heck of a turner.

    Check out his sight for how to build a phrugal photo set-up and how to take pictures of your woodwork. He is the author of the Phrugal Photo Studio.

    I had the pleasure of meeting him about 15 months ago. Also a nice guy.

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    An inexpensive laundry basket can be used by cutting out the sides and taping white sheets over the openings. Any light fixture(s) with a proper bulb will suffice. Be sure to put your camera on a tripod. With mid to low end digi-cams, use the self-timer to avoid shake. I sure wish they would put cable release capabilities on digi-cams that are less than professional grade.

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