Take Better Etsy Photos XPRO Light Tent

We started our Etsy shop in July and immediately realized we needed to step up our photography game. In our quest for better Etsy photos, we ordered an XPRO light tent last week. The 36″ x 36″ model cost $69.99, with free shipping through Amazon Prime.
XPRO light tent 36" x 36"

With the light tent’s arrival, we began converting one of our rooms into a photography studio/office. The game plan is to free up one wall for styling furniture photos and use the window wall to take photos of smaller items in our new XPRO light tent.

Today, we tested out the light tent by setting it on a table underneath the window. David and our son, Michael, placed clip-on lights on either side. By placing the box against the window, we took advantage of natural backlighting.

They plan to attach a light above the tent on another day. Today’s efforts with a PVC pipe didn’t work out. It needs to be higher.
XPRO Photography Light Tent

Michael works at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery. One of his assignments is photographing smaller items for ebay. That’s about to expand because Michael and Georgie had their office enlarged over the summer. It now contains a DIY photo studio for Avonlea’s online store. I say this to identify him as the professional photographer of the family.

Our 36″ x 36″ tent is large. We can easily fit items like this pair of mortar and pestle lamps:
XPRO light tent

Small items look dwarfed by the space.
XPRO light tent

The XPRO light tent comes with 5 backdrops: white, black, blue, red, and green — which need to be ironed before use. That was my contribution.
XPRO light tent

Here are examples of Michael’s work for our Etsy shop:
Shaker Style Wooden Box
Mortar and Pestle Lamps
Carved Trojan Horse Heads
The Pyrex Bowl Butterfly Gold, 1.5 pints, with blue background . . .
Etsy Photos

. . . and black background:
Etsy Photos

The XPRO light tent really does kick our photography up a notch.

I want to mention that Melanie Alexander of Lost and Found Decor recently posted How to Take Better Blog Photos Without Breaking the Bank. She offers excellent recommendations. Our next investments will be Adobe Creative Cloud for photo editing, and photographer Aniko Levai’s Master Package. It includes her ebook, The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers, videos, and lightroom presets.

I’m good at editing but I’d like to hone my photographic skills.

One last thing, while we immersed ourselves in today’s session of Etsy photos, we sold an item on Etsy.

Ann Marie and David

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5 Comments on Take Better Etsy Photos with an XPRO Light Tent

  1. Michelle
    October 4, 2016 at 6:34 am (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the sale Ann Marie. I’ve been thinking about getting a light tent and looking at the beautiful photos I think you’ve convinced me that it’s a worthwhile investment. Thanks so much for the link to Melanie’s post, I really needed that.

    • irisabbey
      October 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Michelle — I’m like you in that I need to read a lot (especially by people I trust) and see the results before I commit. My son recommended the light tent in place of our homemade one. It was a good investment. When I showed him Melanie’s article with the info on the Adobe Creative Cloud program, he said, “That’s what I’ve been telling you.”

  2. Botanic Bleu
    October 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing these photography tips. All of us who post photos on the internet are always trying to up our photo skills. I am pinning to my Pinterest board, Photography Tips. Hope to see you at this week’s Monday Social.


  3. Cynthia Chilson Finger
    November 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the sale, and thanks for the photography tips. Pinned. 😀

    • irisabbey
      November 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Cynthia, thanks for your kind words. I just liked your FB page because I realized you are the lady with that wonderful bathroom remodel.


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