Mini photo studio

In efforts to improve my photographs of mini's I've been wanting to pick up one of  these for a while.

After many months of issues getting one (I live in Iceland, and 90% of the sellers on amazon do not like delivering here), I finally found a company that ships here, and it arrived last week.


The phototent is 40x40x40 cm big, and as such more then enough for mini photography, as obvious by my nightwing pictures.
It comes in (and is part off) a decent carrying bag.

Carrying bag, the straps on front hold the flap over the storage slots closed.
and has three slots for the lights and "tripod"

The 3 storage slots, 2 lights on either side, and the "tripod" in the middle.

"Tripod"

One of the lights.

The lights themselves have slide out stands, which also fold out in case you want them a tad longer/higher.

Light with the stand slid out.

The extra foldout in the stands.

The "tripod" comes in two parts, of which the stand folds out, and the shaft can tilt/turn in multiple directions, as well as slide out to be longer. You attach the shaft to the stand, by twisting off the bottom, and then attaching it again when put through the hole in the stand.

Shaft on the left, with the screw that goes in the stand on the right.

Full assembly, with the shaft at max length.

The rest of the bag folds open to reveal the different colour backdrops, and the tent itself.
You fold out the sides, and attach them to each other with velcro, then the back of the bag becomes the top of the tent, it also has the velcro to hang the backdrop off of.

It comes with red, blue, black, and white backdrops.

Once you open up the velcro flap on the back, it folds open to reveal the 3 white sides.

All 3 sides opened, the white back is attached to the right with velcro.

The back of the bag, now becomes the black top of the tent, from which the backdrop is then hung.

Full assembly, as you can see the back of the bag is now the top of the tent, and the lights are on either side.
All in all, it's a very nice and easy to set up tool, that gives you much better lighting on your mini's and the tripod makes certain you don't get blurry pictures from your shaky hands.
The carrying bag is quite nice, and I like that it forms the tent, the only bad thing in this regards, is that I would have liked another zippered sleeve or similar to fit the backdrops in, as currently they're just wedged in between, and I'm a bit worried about them falling out in transit.

At about £30/$50/€40 I'd say this is definitely worth the money, and will improve your miniature photo's by a lot with little effort.

Here's a picture I did after I just received it, and spent about 2 minutes setting it up (in other words, I didn't spend any time on light distance/direction, had the camera set to auto on macro mode, and just grabbed the nearest mini)

Dreadfleet mini, painted by a friend.
In summary, my pictures have already improved by using this, and doing some more investigation in to manual settings on my camera.
A little lighting, a tripod, and the right settings really do wonders!