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Published on September 7th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


make a light tent for small object photography

when mike g sent me a link from a site called evil mad scientist, i was sufficiently intrigued. alas, no ikea-world-domination-scheme in sight but a clever hack.

lenore created a photography light tent out of an ikea lamp shade. shooting a small object inside the light tent minimizes reflections, shadows and backgrounds. brilliant!
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all you need is a skimra lamp shade with a hole on its side for your camera lens to peep through. the lampshade is already a diffuser and the curved surface provides the seamless background. it gets pretty good shots too (see samples below).

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see more of the evil mad scientist’s lampshade light tent.


ikeahacker on nyt!
much thanks to penelope for the wonderful feature on ikea hacking and this blog. i am absolutely thrilled to read their stories and ‘see’ some of the hackers! click here to read the article and view slideshow. yes, there’s a bit about the real me too. :)

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to make a light tent for small object photography

  1. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! :)

    We have the same camera. That’s a neat trick. Will try it soon. Thanks.

  2. James says:

    That is such a clever idea.

    Many thanks!

  3. VisualVotary says:

    Great article, I’m so glad I found this blog!! Particularly love the lamp shade light tent, that’ll be GREAT for jewelry photography… I imagine a lot of etsy folks can use the tip, I know I will!!

  4. Jules says:

    Thanks again, *blush*
    yes, malaysia boleh!

    boleh means ‘can’ in the malay language.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Congrats on the NYT article. It’s fun to see a site like this out there. At CalArts we were all about this sort of thing. Good times!

  6. Barb McMahon says:

    What a great article! I’m so pleased for you!

    Such a great site deserves the attetion!

  7. Rachael says:


    I read the article, and was so suprised that you are from “Boleh”-land.

    I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You need to back the lights away from the shade a bit. Your highlights [lightest portion of image] are “blown out,” meaning there’s no detail in them, they’re overexposed.

    Just back the lights away from the shade about 6″ to 8″ [15 to 20cm] and you’ll gain detail in the white background.

    Sal B

  9. Jules says:

    thanks jennifers! it’s been great running this blog. and glad that you are enjoying it.

  10. JenniferDC says:

    Congrats on the article!! I was so excited to see it and proud to be a long-time fan. By providing a showcase for all of these creative projects, your blog provides a great service. Thanks again.

  11. Congratulations! I read the article this morning – quite a large one. I love your site. I wrote a post about the article with a link to you on my blog – Design Hole.

    Now I’ve just got to send you my own hacks (which I’ve been meaning to get to).

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