I just wanted to put up a very quick post with some very quick photo tests I did with my new photo box. I previously had a Foldio1 light box. It was so easy and convenient and most of all affordable! It worked well for me at the time, but I accidentally burned it out, and really wanted to upgrade to something larger anyway. These are not great photos, but better than I could have taken in five minutes at 7:00 at night without the Foldio. They could be really good photos once I put in some time carefully choosing appropriate backgrounds, lighting levels and a little editing.
I recently got the Foldio2. (There is now a Foldio3, but I just didn’t need that much light box.) Here I want to mention the great service the company, Orangemonkie, provides. My Foldio2 came with a flaw. I contacted them through their contact link on their support page. They were way more efficient in getting back to me about it than I think I’ve ever experienced with a company, and sent out a new one. No company has 100% perfect products all the time. How they deal with issues lets me know what their customer service is like. I give Orangemonkie two thumbs up.
Some features of this light box are its bigger size – 15″ vs. 10″ for the Foldio1. There is a removable piece on the top for straight down photos. LED light strips are on 3 sides instead of two and the box features a dimmer switch. The dimmer switch is the best improvement, I think.
The Foldio2 also offers some optional accessories: halo lights that can attach to the box, additional background (the unit comes with black and white), a front cover that can block out shadows from ambient room lighting.
I can tell when I have time to experiment, I’ll be really happy with this light box and save a lot of time chasing the few rays of decent light I’m able to get each week. Sometime I will do a proper post showing different ways of using the box with the overhead shots, dimmer and front cover.
I’m about to watch a video by Allegory Gallery owners Andrew and William. I got the tail end of it live, and one thing they were talking about was taking good photos. I think it’s time I invested in photo editing software. I really prefer editing photos on my laptop, but I know there are a lot of apps for phone. I’ll have to research.
Do you have any photo tips? Do you use photo editing software? Please share in the comments.