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Ingredients 3 white, translucent binders 8 1/2″x11″ colorful cardstock Duct tape (grey is good!) A camera Optional: small hand-sized beanbags Step 1: Tape it together beforeLay one binder open and flat. Grab a second one and lay it open and flat. Keeping them open, overlap the cover of one binder on top of the back cover of the second. Use your duct tape to keep them connected at their folds (check out the photo). You should have three panels. Cut the front cover off your third binder and attach it to the center panel at its top edge. It’ll act like the roof to your light tent. Try standing your light tent up, and if the roof is too floppy (flappy?), tape it down to help the tent keep its shape. Step 2: Pick something to shoot Take a peek outside. Scratch that. Take a good long look! We bet there’s something hidden out there that’d make a great photo subject. Jeff found this budding flower, but maybe you’ll catch a rollie pollie unfurling or a butterfly snacking on a daisy. If you’re not feeling the outdoors, set up a fun miniature scene with figurines, knick knacks, and stuff around your house. Slinkachu’s rad inspiration for that. You can also practice your product photography by throwing almost anything in your light tent and playing around with getting the best even lighting on it (think setting it by a window, taking it outside, setting something reflective under it or playing around with the angle of the flaps). Step 3: Make it pretty with a background Now that you have your thing-to-photograph picked out, observe its beautiful array of colors and what kind of background you think would complement it. Perhaps take a gander at the Color Wheel, a diagram for figuring out which colors are complementary and which might clash. The blue-yellow combination here goes pretty good, we’d say. You can go with a piece of card stock or a color folder, even. Get more use out of those school supplies! Place your background over the back panel and use use tape or a paperclip to keep it in place. Step 4: Mad Props Now, prop it up! It’s a tent, after all. Place it over your subject so that your subject sits in the center of your “tent.” If you have nice cushy grass to work with, then getting it to stand on its own might be easy. If your surface is smooth, prop it up with paperweights or small hand-sized beanbags on either side of each flap. Step 5: Get your camera ready Once you have everything just how you want it, grab your camera and put it on manual mode, so you can figure out the best settings for your snap. For this shot, Jeff used an aperture of f/5.6 and shutter speed 1/200 at 200 ISO. A low ISO worked here because the sunlight was aplenty, but if your photo looks too dark, you might need to raise your ISO to 400 or so. Play around with your settings ’til it’s how you envisioned. From: www.photojojo.com