Hack Attack: how to make a DIY light tent

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Welcome to Hack Attack, where we take a light-hearted look at building your own photographic tools on the cheap.

Photography is an expensive hobby. With new toys being released all the time to make you lust after pricey photo gear, Hack Attack provides the wallet-friendly version of doing it yourself. Over the coming weeks, you'll be able to watch the projects grow in complexity, and possibly see some epic DIY fails along the way.

Light tents for product photography can cost a lot of money. Here's how to make a cheap DIY version for less than AU$5. For this hack, you will need:

  • Cardboard box

  • Baking paper

  • Stanley knife

  • White cardboard

  • Ruler

  • Pen

  • Gaffer tape and tape gun.

See more how-to and DIY videos from Hack Attack here.

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RubenA posted a comment   

Great video!


Will1505 posted a comment   

Maybe a milk crate and cotton fabric would make for a more durable outcome


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

As long as you cut out the criss-cross pattern from the sides of the milk crate and just leave the cube shell - otherwise you'd get some pretty yucky-looking shadows cast!

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