Light tents are often used as a device to help you get clearer photos. A light tent is an enclosed area which is constructed of a translucent material that will provide you with seamless, diffused lighting. A tent will also soften and reflect the light for soft, enhancing shadows and will eliminate glare and hot spots. You can buy light tents, but you can also make your own if you need one in a pinch. You can quickly build a tent out of just about anything that's translucent. They come in various designs and basically come in two main types: hard or soft.
Hard tents can be made of things such as translucent plastic sheets, white foam and cardboard boxes to diffuse and reflect the light. Soft tents can be made of materials that are easy to move and adjust, such as tissue paper, pillowcases and bed sheets.
Light tents are ideal for shooting shiny and reflective objects such as jewelry, coins and glass. To make a tent work, you put the object you are going to photograph in the tent and light it from the outside. They can be used with artificial or natural light. If your tent is large enough you can also put a background inside. Tents also come in assorted sizes and shapes and can be bought individually or as part of a kit. Tents start at about $40.