Building a light tent

Photographing shiny reflective surfaces

Categories: Bookbinding Projects

Photographing pencils

Photographing shiny objects, like pencils with a golden inscription, could be pretty challenging, as I realized. :) After reading this tutorial, I decided to build a light tent. But I didn’t want keep a colossal box lying around, so I made it foldable.


  • Some spare bookbinding boards
  • Wax paper (or glassine) - I found some with just the right size (250x375 mm)
  • Some book cloth for the joints/folds
  • Planatol Elasta N (paste)

Building a foldable light box

Wax papers and the pre-cut sides
Book cloth and mull (wide-meshed cotton cloth for reinforments) for the joints
Using the light tent