On this short video tutorial videographer Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter shows a simple neat DIY build using an inexpensive Ikea table which turns with a few additional parts into a small product “shooting booth” for both stills and video.
Although you can buy some very inexpensive light tents for product photography online these days, if you are more a sort of do it yourself type of person – this video is for you. In it Pike shows how you can use an $8 Ikea LACK table and turn it into a useful rigged light tent when all you need besides the table is some foam core and a lights.
You start by taking apart on leg and placing some white foam on the bottom of the upper part of the table. Next you need your actual background – Pike used black project paper board but you can use any color you want – just keep in mind that light might bounce back from it.
You will need some foam cord to reflect light from the lights that you will be placing (Pike placed the small light he has to the top – white – part of the rig so it will bounce back and be a little bit more diffused.
You will need a few more tweaks to make sure you don’t have any hotspots or areas which are not lit properly – just play with the light and the reflecting foam until you are pleased with the results.