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An interesting thread. Light tents are a great accessory, and can make some items (very reflective for instance) much easier to photograph, but you sometimes need to do a bit of work to maintain contrast.
Right after you have made yourlight tent, think about cutting out a range of sizes of black card. When you photograph your subject matter, imagine it to be made of a perfect reflecting surface - like a mirror. Then if an area is looking a bit flat in the image, work out where to place the black card to bring back the contrast.
Wonderful information. I have acquired all of the information and how to's and will set it up soon. I hope to overcome the shadow, glare, etc. issues I am reading about. I really don't plan to do stock but it would be great for my portfolio.
10 Minutes per image seems like a lot of time, especially if it's something you're doing regularly. You take 6 images and your post-processing for an hour, yikes.
Who really wants to spend twice the amount of time (at least!) on post-processing? Not me.
It just seems like (essentially) tracing around your subject in Photoshop and deleting the background is just a horribly tedious approach, especially if there are a lot of details on the edges of the subject.
I built my own light box (you can see it here), and I've been getting great results with it. Sure, the backgrounds aren't pure white (255, 255, 255) straight out of camera, but they are very close, and it takes but a couple minutes worth of curves/levels adjustments in Photoshop to touch the photo up. I much prefer this approach.
.... but have finally seen this set of posts and made my own DIY light box. Broad design same as Bail's original (thanks Bail), but with one refinement that made it a lot easier.
I went to a local stationery store and bought a plane white box (white on outside, typical cardboard colour on inside). Instead of having to do all the lining / painting options mentioned in these posts, I assembled it "inside out" by cutting down one of the 4 sides, assembling it and then sticking the cut out side back together with tape.
Big advantage was that all of the inside is white, so that when I cut out the sides etc, I don't have to stick bits of white card over the exposed cardboard bits on the inside.
First attempts are promising, but I have to work on light settings, flash settings etc, as this type of photography is new to me.