Portable Photo Studio / by Jacqueline Iskander Mosaics

All of the above bottles, except for the purple and silver one in the lower right, were made years ago and I did not have good photos of them. Now, as I am considering a storefront for decorative items, note cards, and books, I need good photos for these bottles, as well as the ones that I plan to make in the next few weeks.

These are very difficult to photograph due to the highly reflective glass surface, and especially due to the mirror glass. The idea of trying to get good photos made me want to just pack them up and take them into a professional. The cost of doing that, however, made me try harder to find a way to take the pics myself.

AmazonBasics Portable Photo Studio. (This image is from the Amazon site.)

This led me to look into light boxes/light tents, and I found the AmazonBasics Portable Photo Studio, pictured at left. After reading up on it, I decided to order one and try it out.

The day after receiving it, I used it to photograph the purple and silver bottle which I had just finished. This went well and I was able to photograph those other five bottles the same day.

Overall, I am pleased with the results and I think it would be very helpful in photographing just about anything that will fit inside it—and it is a generous size.

I had to do a bit of work on the photos in Photoshop, as there was still an issue with my reflection on a few of the mirror tess. A tripod would have helped a little, but its reflection would still have shown. Fortunately, I have just enough Photoshop skill to mostly take care of this issue. These pics may not be professional quality, but I think they look pretty good.

So, at this point, my review can be summed up as: I love this thing! It should help me take good pics of small to medium-sized wall art, as well, although I have not tried that yet. If you are challenged to get the lighting right and produce better photos of your work, you may want to try something like this.