My son Tony and I are always looking for ways to improve my blog and my listings on the selling platforms.
Although they have much improved over the last year, good photos of my items have been a struggle for me to produce. Last year, Tony and his wife gave me a photo light box to take my pictures in. It’s a square box with one side open. The sides are white, and you have a white cloth to cover the back. LED lights are set on either side of it.
This box was a great improvement over having none. My pictures were definitely brighter. I did have a hard time keeping the cloth clean as the original was a velour like material that picked up every piece of lint and hair in the house. I purchased a white twin flat sheet to try to help with that. It worked well except it got wrinkled very easy.
Tony and Thea bought me a different photo box for this past Christmas. I was very excited to try this one. The lights were inside the photo box! I was disappointed though, to find that there were many parts that had to be put together. You actually had to build the frame each time you used it. If I had a place that I could leave it set up all the time, it would have been great. It just wasn’t feasible to have to put it together and take it apart every time I used it. So we returned it, and I continued to use my original box.
Tony let me know that he had found another photo box that he thought would work well. My birthday and Mother’s Day are both in May, and I received it as a gift for those occasions. This photo box is amazing! Easy to set up, compact to store, and lighter brighter pictures! While stored it’s a flat 2″ portfolio that I slide right behind a living room chair. To open you unlatch the velcro tabs on either side and push it open. It was easier for me to do on the floor since I’m not very tall.
I then set it up onto the table, plugged the power cord into the top of the box, and admired the LED lights.
There was a moment when I couldn’t figure out where the power cord was. I even messaged Tony and said “this is odd, I can’t find the cord”. When I went back to looking, and noticed the zipper on top of the box that covers the hole that allows you to shoot photos from above. Unzipping it I found a pocket holding the power cord and the instructions. The first instruction? Open the top zipper to find the power cord and instructions. Why didn’t I think of that?
I put a stuffed pooh bear into the box, closed the front flap and opened the smaller flap to enable me to photograph the bear.
My pictures are now lighter and brighter than ever with much less effort. Just look at the difference between the following pictures. The one on the left was taken using my old photo box, the one on the right using the new one. You can definitely see a big difference in the lighting!
I have since re-taken many of my listings pictures, and have sold several items that had been in my inventory for quite sometime since doing so. I think this photo box upgrade is going to be a big help to my business. Thanks Tony & Thea!