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Chapter 10. Macro Photography > Project for Individual Study: Pitching a Tent

Project for Individual Study: Pitching a Tent

This chapter’s special project is one that will benefit nearly anyone interested in close-up photography. Building your own lighting tent can be the best move you ever made if you regularly photograph shiny things that pose seemingly insurmountable reflection problems when captured using conventional lighting techniques. This section will help you get started.

Lighting tents are closely related to those photographic “soft boxes” you’ve seen in photographers’ studios. A soft box is, as you might guess, a large box-like affair holding a light source and having a large diffusing surface on the front to soften the light. They’re widely used to provide flattering lighting for portraits and for product photography where glare might be a problem. You can build your own soft box, too, but I think a tent might be more useful for close-ups.


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