As I was browsing through Kickstarter the other day, I came across a fully funded project from a few years back that looked like an incredible tool for artists—especially those who need to take perfect photos of their small artwork.
The tool is called SHOTBOX, and it’s basically a well-lit box with places to support your smartphone (on top, from the sides, and from the front) so you can get perfect, clear photos of your art. It even comes with helpful add-ons to help you style your photos. Here’s a gallery of images taken in the SHOTBOX that shows how perfect your photos can be.
There’s one caveat, however. SHOTBOX is 15″ x 15″ x 14 1/4″ so it may not be large enough for all artwork. . . but if you create small pieces and need a quick and easy setup for taking excellent photos, I’d recommend it.
For those of you who want something larger, here are three similar options on Amazon at various price points. All of them have great reviews, and would be perfect for digitizing your art portfolio for sale online:
Option 1: The basic photo tent
The BestShoot light cube is a no-frills 24″ tent that diffuses light and creates a clean white background behind your art. (It also comes with 4 background colors.)
At this price point, no photography lights are included, so that’ll cost you a bit more. But if you’re looking for a cheap way to soften light and diminish shadows, this light tent is big enough for most artwork, and at $20 it won’t break the bank!
Option 2: The photo tent with LED lighting
LimoStudio makes a good looking 25″ cube tent that comes with an LED light square for perfect lighting in every situation. It also has 4 color backgrounds and folds up into a flat carrying bag for easy transport.
At around $80 it’s a little more expensive, but you never have to worry about lighting, which is a big plus!
Option 3: The lit photo tent with multiple viewports
AmazonBasics has their own version of a photography tent, and according to 470+ reviews, it’s one of the better ones out there, so maybe it’s worth the $135 price tag.
The key differences with this pop-up photo studio is that a top portion of the tent can be left open so you can take your photo from directly above. This tent is also a bit bigger (25″x30″x25) so larger artwork may fit. When folded up, the construction looks solid and easy to carry with several sturdy straps.
Of course any of these photo tents can be customized with your own grounds and backdrops if you’re looking for a way to stand out. And if you’d like to see all the other options available, here’s a list of most of the photo tents on Amazon.
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