They say that necessity is the 'mother of invention.' However, in my case being cheap is enough motivation to send me rummaging around for spare parts and duct tape . It also has something to do with my unwillingness to drag an overpriced piece of gear into the woods that I will ultimately end up destroying anyway. So, I've set out on a mission to create an easy-to-set-up, collapsible, effective macro light tent. I'm going to use it for photographing wildflowers, insects and other small creatures in the field.
For a while now, I've been wanting to create a box that I can attach to my camera backpack without worrying about it getting snagged on tree-branches, etc. So, I went out on the web and found a few examples created by others who share my desire for inexpensive photography supplies. I found these: 1, 2 and 3. Although these are pretty neat and surely effective ideas, I still need something even easier and still more portable. Enter, the E-Z Macro Light-Hood, Dum-Dum-Dum-Da! Actually, I have no idea what it should be called but I've sketched out an idea for a very portable, roll-up light tent made up of dowel rods, a painter's drop-cloth, clips and velcro. If this works (and I believe that it will) I'll post a photo here on the blog. In the meantime, I would love to hear from anyone on their ideas for a better solution as I'm sure that one must already exist.