I have photo lights on tri-pods and I did have tents. I sold them to a local photographer. They were a PITA to use for "live" displays.
That "mat" is one of my 10ft. long workbenches covered in anti static carpet. They aren't going anywhere.
I do have a tri-pod for my digital camera, and I often use it for photos. However, i just did the videos shown holding the cam since I was alone.
I will try it w/the lights and use a white drop cloth.