There are a lot of choices in this category. Some of them are pop up tents, with or without lights that you set up around the exterior. Some other systems are more elaborate and expensive. When I came across this thing, I was intrigued. It has a small footprint, about 15 inches, and its own lighting system, so I had to order it.
This is truly an ingenious design, so much so that I wish I thought of it. Then I could have gone on Shark Tank and made an alliance with Mark Cuban to make millions! Yes, millions I say! Unfortunately that ship has sailed, so let's get back to earth.
The Foldio is make of a corrugated translucent plastic with integral magnets. As you see above, this gizmo folds flat, when it is opened the magnets work to hold the sides and top in position. There is an additional flat piece, also with magnets in it to hold one of the supplied backgrounds. Finally, the key to all of this, is the thin LED tubes that provide the soft light to illuminate whatever is in the Foldio cube.
Let me demonstrate. I have little room in my office for anything. This is about my only space to set up. So I bring in a small folding top utility table, flip the top up and set up the Foldio.
Here I have it partially assembled, it is sitting upside down on the table.
The lighting is supplied with two long LED tubes, each with its own dimmer control.
The following macro shot of the watch back was taken using the black suede background supplied with the Foldio.
For the next two shots I used an LED panel to provide some fill light from a 45 degree angle in front of the cube. If the items were smaller I could have placed them further back in the Foldio and probably wouldn't have needed the fill.
Here is one more with the supplied white background.
One more thing. This product was really designed for use with a smartphone. As such, they offer a free download, a Foldio app for smartphones. It gives you the ability to edit the photo for the usual stuff; crop, exposure, etc. and use real time chromakey with it with various background images provided by orangemonkie. Stuff I'll never use, but you might.
Small profile, LED lighting with dimmer controls, folds flat and I forgot to mention comes with 4 backgrounds. What's not to like? Order the Foldio 2 for $75.00 from orangemonkie.com. It is shipped from South Korea by DHL and their charge is an additional $19.00. Still for under a C-note you have a very useful tool for your arsenal.
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