I rarely subcontract out my arts and crafts photography. The main reason I do it myself is that I'm well, cheap. Hiring a great photographer to shoot your arts and crafts products is very important for some purposes (print ads, catalogs and other promotional material) and not as important for others - if you have a fairly good camera and light tent.
Over the years I've used a few different options for my light tents. Currently I'm using a Photosimile light cube for most of my product photography. However, trolling through the internet, I came across an article on how to build a macro light tent for under $10.
The article is written by photographer Jen Kiaba and her instructions are stellar. It's well worth a glance. Even if you already have a light tent, you may be interested in making this one for your odd shaped products.
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