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The light tent is the most convenient solution for making professional photos of a wide range of products: by placing products in the tent and illuminating the tent from the outside, you obtain the best exposure for professional product photos.

I wanted my own foldable and portable light tent with the extra comfort of having its own build in lighting.


  • Build in lighting

  • Prevents reflections

  • Seamless transition from background to foreground

  • Simple camera is sufficient.

  • Foldable and easy to use.

  • Ideal for small product photography for your shop, marketplace, ... 

Overall a fun project to build with good results. The costs can vary between 40 and 80 dollars depending on how much materials you already have at home.

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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Materials needed

  • MDF sheets
  • 4 Drawer gliders
  • wooden stick
  • round wooden stick 16 mm
  • drawer handle
  • flat rope
  • aluminum tube 18 mm
  • plastic tubes
  • electric cables
  • solder
  • electric tape
  • four lamp sockets
  • thick ground cables
  • 16 mm thick ground cable
  • power plug
  • block connector
  • screws
  • cotton sheet

Tools needed

  • jig saw
  • screw driver
  • drill bit 6 mm, 18 mm
  • drill
  • glue clamps
  • wood glue
  • solder iron
  • sewing machine

Step 2: Sawing

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Saw three pieces 55 by 55 cm out of MDF.

Saw six pieces 55 by 9 cm out of MDF.

Saw four pieces 54 by 2 cm out of MDF


Saw four 9 cm pieces off the aluminum tube.

Saw four 30 cm pieces off the wooden stick.

Saw four 50 cm pieces off the round wooden stick.

Very nice - I love how portable it is!
Not just portable, but the fact that it folds down to a suitcase! Genius! :D