The Light Tent
I recommend a Light Tent. (Total Cost $71 – Tent and two Lights.) I’ve use light boxes before and I don’t recommend them for several reasons. See Table 1.
|Light Tent||Light Box|
|Portable folds into a Pouch||Not Portable|
|Many sizes to choose from, easy to maneuver objects||Big, heavy, hard to maneuver objects|
|Totally flexible light positioning||Fixed light positions|
|With the right tripod just about any camera position||Fixed camera position – usually overhead|
A 30 inch light tent, lights and a computer can be comfortably set up on a six foot folding table. The computer would run Canon EOS software which comes with every Canon EOS camera. It gives you complete control of the camera , capture and naming of photos.
CowboyStudio Light Tent with Backgrounds Fig 2. All fold up into a neat little carry pouch see Fig 3.Amazon $34
Fig 2 Fig 3
CowboyStudio Photography Table Top Photo Studio Lighting Kit – 2 Light Kit Fig 4.Amazon $37
TripodYou will need a tripod but it warrants its own section and is discussed in ArchTool 3 – Tripods.
An optional light can be placed overhead if desired.
CowboyStudio Photography Video Studio Premium Pro Boom Set W501 with Light Stand, Boom and Weight Bag Fig 5.Amazon $60
CowboyStudio Photo Studio Reflector with AC Socket Fig 6 and Full Spectrum Bulbs Fig 7.Amazon $22 Amazon $20
Rice or Bean Bags
Fashion a couple of different size bags out of black velour and fill them with rice or dried beans. You can use these to support your artifacts at many different angles to facilitate you photography.