I Got A New Tent, But It’s Not For Camping

My wife loves gadgets. In fact, she is the first woman I ever met who has more toys than I do! When we first started dating, I was truly amazed (and impressed) by her collection of kitchen tools and accessories. She says she got this trait from her father, who loved gadgetry also. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I bet we would have had a lot to talk about.

So when she recently told me she was going to get us a photo tent, I was not at all surprised. We take a lot of photos of “stuff”, and it’s hard to get good lighting inside. Sometimes it’s even hard to find a suitable, uncluttered surface to get a decent shot, therefore the tent made perfect sense. Of course she was happy because it meant another GADGET!

Being a strictly amateur photographer, I’ve never used anything like this before. My wife was a little surprised that the thing didn’t come with any instructions, but I guess  that the pros who typically buy it wouldn’t need any. The tent itself sort of resembles a cat cubey-thing we have, which means we should not let the cats anywhere near it.

Michelle, who has a cooking and baking blog over at Big Black Dog, recommended the tent to my wife. She has some truly stunning photos over there, so I value her opinion. The tent we got is a 30″ cube, and here is what it looks like from the outside. It came with two light fixtures on tripods.

Photo Tent

Photo Tent

I took a few experimental photos, and I can see how it’s going to improve our photography here at Happy Acres. It came with white and black backgrounds but I think we’ll have to get some additional material, perhaps some black or colored velvet. This Echeveria looks nice against the white background.

Echeveria shaviana cv. 'Pinky'

Echeveria shaviana cv. ‘Pinky’

I tried a few shots on the black background, both plants and some food. Being mid-morning I wasn’t in the middle of cooking anything, so I staged a little shot of some granola I made recently. I think the plant worked better on black than the granola did.

<em>Stapelia variagata</em>

Stapelia variagata

Cranberry-Almond Granola

Cranberry-Almond Granola

Here is one last photo, again on the black background. This is one of the more unusual Sansevieria’s in my small collection.

Sansevieria cylindrica

Sansevieria cylindrica

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4 Responses to I Got A New Tent, But It’s Not For Camping

  1. Wow. Your ‘test’ photos are amazing. I look forward to seeing more in the future. It is nice that your wife likes gadgets as much as you do 🙂

    • Villager says:

      Thanks Noelle. Yes, my wife and I are dangerous when shopping together. She’s a Master Gardener too so we are NOT allowed to go to nurseries together unless we take the truck to haul home our purchases. 🙂

  2. Nice shots. I had one of those things once and it was always bending and awkward. It is good to see that you are having better luck than I did. Enjoy your new GADGET.

    • Villager says:

      Well Joel, so far so good with the tent. One of the biggest problems I can see will be keeping the backgrounds clean. Of course, putting plants in there means getting all kinds of soil, dust, etc on them. I can see having one setup for food and another for plants, although the foods could wind up as messy as the plant material. We will see. Thanks for stopping in!

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