Sunday, October 04, 2009

Portable Photographic Studio - Blogtoberfest Day 4

I've been busy this afternoon photographing items to list on Etsy. As of tonight, all going well, I should be back on Etsy! Very exciting.

In the meantime, I thought I might show you how I photograph my items. It's ironic that when I was doing my visual arts degree in photography, the subject I did least well in was small product photography, and yet, I do a lot of that for myself these days.

Eventually, I would love a small studio area with lights so that I could photograph at anytime of the day, in any weather, but for now I use natural light and a small pop-up light tent.


Really, it is very nice having this as my studio...


My light tent then collapses down, I roll up the blue/green backing screen it comes with and then pop it back into the little bag it came in.

I bought this from a photographic store in Japan, but there are a bunch of tutorials online that explain how to make a light tent of your own. For example this one, this one or this one.


My other studio of sorts, is photoshop. Here I've taken a photo of a bag, sitting on my ironing board using the natural light coming through the window. You can see my messy workroom in the background. No-one on etsy wants to see my messy room.


With photoshop, I've turned the image into this....



If anyone wants me to do a tutorial on how to do this, just let me know. It's really very simple.

Time for me to get back to preparing to list...

13 comments:

Jody Pearl said...

yes please!

CurlyPops said...

Me too...I'm so bad at photoshop!

Mookah said...

I have never used Photoshop and the only photo editing program I have on my puter is Paint! Been thinking it might be worth me buying, as I also list on Etsy? Thoughts?

Mookah said...

Been thinking I should buy photoshop, I only have Paint on my puter. Comments?

Cathy (tinniegirl) said...

Yes please too. I'm just starting with photoshop and would love to learn some tricks.

Lauren said...

I'd love a tutorial :-)

K and S said...

exciting!! Thanks for sharing this, I think I will look into making a light box :)

Allie said...

Love your light tent, and boy I really do need photoshop - that is very cool!

annayama said...

cool tent and maybe i will need to invest in photoshop. i was wondering about the white background when i saw your lovely bags on flickr.

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

I tend to use a white towel in a well lit area. I try to take photo's that don't require Photoshop action as that just eats up the time I have available. I tend not to have much time for touch ups with a 2 year old running around!

edward and lilly said...

Cool light tent, what an awesome idea. Yep, bring the tutorial on!

Cute as Buttons said...

Oh, yes please. Have been trying to puzzle this out. Thanks. Shall also look for a tent like yours. Lisa.

karura said...

Where did you got that tent? seens very nice way of photografing it..

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