October 20, 2011

Light Tent

The doctor's appt yesterday was fine. A bit humiliating. I won't get into all the gory details. But overall, there wasn't anything abnormal. The stress test didn't trigger any palpitations. Heart looks strong. Gotta go back in February for a check up.

The light stand situation was rectified and the seller is shipping me another light stand! YAY!

Today was a great opportunity to try it out since it's gloomy and rainy. So I just attached the light head to the tripod and had a light on each side of the tent.
Now. This is like a whole new beast for me. Its clearly going to take some practice. It's like I have to learn to take pictures all over again.

If you use a light tent and have tips, please feel free to leave comments! I understand these are pretty shitty. So you don't have to comment about that.

This one came out pretty cool. I like this shot because you can see the bird really well. The lights pop.  But there are still some shadows.

Here is one on slate instead. I like it but don't like the glare. Maybe a more matte slate would be better.

This one came out pretty good- I like it on the slate better than on the white.

This bracelet was just a test piece for me. I like the bracelet but hate the pictures. It's hard to photograph a cuff in my opinion.

Took a wide buttery soft piece of leather, and slid on one of Nancy's Round Rabbit buckles. I layered a beautiful Shell button that I got in Madrid, on top of it with some magenta hemp cording.

The best part is the closure. I used 2 brass findings from Diver - attached them to one end of the leather by threading the leather through the half circles and securing it with hemp cording. It's a bit messy. Yea, really crude. I should figure out how to do eyelets but that's another blog post.

So then the strap is adjustable.

The brass findings are cool, like a half circle shape. Here's a link to them at Diver.

Here's the last one. Nice on the slate, still some glare. The white is pretty cool, but for some reason it's grainy. I am still having some trouble with my camera. Once I focus the picture the picture on the viewer goes from perfect light, to very dark and ends up taking a dark picture. Nancy thought it was the light meter in the camera. I just don't know how to fix it and keep forgetting to take it into a shop to see if they can help me.


  1. First, your pieces are just lovely, especially that sweet bracelet with the bird.

    I struggle a lot with photography. Hubby purchased a light tent for me (I guess he was tired of my cursing and throwing things). If I use my flash the photos turn out with a dark yellow tint which is difficult to edit, plus it leaves a glare on shiny beads. If I don't use a flash the photos come out dark. So I guess I'm sayin' that I don't have any suggestions for you, but I do have a question about what type of lights your kit came with. My lights are tungsten(?) and came with the kit, but I'm wondering if I should be changing it up to something else....

  2. Sheesh, I totally flubbed up here and missed telling you that I'm glad things went well with the doctor appointment. Yep, I'm a dork.

  3. I have a pretty expensive light tent like this, but I never could get it to work. White just doesn't work for my pics. Now I just use the high powered light with the special lightbulbs and point it at my piece of slate. I actually use two pieces of transluscent velum taped over the light to diffuse it. Works great for me. Maybe if you found a different piece of slate that doesn't have a finish on it? Mine is unsealed and it absorbs the light rather than bouncing it. Just a thought. I love the cuff. Bracelets in general are hard for me to photograph, but an inspired design nonetheless.

    Enjoy the day.

  4. Wish I could give you some tips, but I'm still a newbie on taking great pics. Pearl over at BeadingGems did a great post on a light kit a few days ago. You may get some tips from the article that would help.
    Glad the dr. visit went well. And I was wondering if the bee problem ever got resolved....:)

  5. The photos are very nice.. But I do see a difference in what your natural light photos. I have heard good and bad things about light tents. I was told that you have to get the positioning just right. Good luck!

  6. I use my light tent outside on a table with the natural light streaming in from all sides and then use my own props/papers, etc. for the backdrops.

    I also have a Panasonic Lumix - my 2nd one - and I love them both. They do take great shots.

    I would also suggest taking Kerry Bogert's Snaptastic e-Course. You can find it online at her Kab's Creative Concepts Blog/website. I just started the course and it's really great so far - and she does take the most amazing photos!!

  7. I use a light tent and place an unsealed piece of slate in it. I use daylight bulbs at very high wattage - one on either side of the tent and one above. I also turn on every light in the room and they are daylight bulbs, too. Make sure your camera is set to the type of lighting you are using: tungsten, daylight etc. Occasionally I have to put white tissue paper over the window if there is too much glare from outdoors. It took me a lot of experimentation to come up with a system that works consistently, but now I love it! So be persistent. Hope that helps.

    Hope you get to the bottom of the heart palpitations issues quickly. ((hugs))


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