|Finally, I have a way to take nice model photos!|
I have struggled to take nice photos of my models for a long time. Between poor lightning, an old “point and shoot” digital camera, and a general lack of knowledge about photography, getting good pictures never came very easily for me. Since starting this blog, I have tried a little harder to experiment with backdrops and lighting with mixed success, but I was still never very satisfied. So you can imagine my delight when I learned about the Foldio, a foldable studio, over on Frothing Muppet’s excellent miniature blog. Designed to allow for taking professional looking photos with a smartphone camera, the Foldio is essentially a foldable plastic lightbox/shadowbox with a LED strip attached that provides light from all angles. Although it was initially brought into reality via Kickstarter, the designer, a Korean company called Orangemonkie, recently began selling them to the general public. I wasted no time and ordered one, and to my excitement it arrived promptly.
|The collapsed Foldio, with the 3 included foam backdrops.|
|The Foldio unfolded, with the single LED strip on the right.|
The Foldio came in a small cardboard box that, when opened, contained the lightbox folded up inside a little synthetic cloth bag, with 3 foam background sheets wrapped around it. Pulling the Foldio out of the bag, I noticed that there were no instructions on how to assemble the device other than a square piece of translucent paper that has a picture of the assembled unit. Due to its intuitive design, however, within 30 seconds of taking it out, I had it assembled, using the magnets on each plastic side to hold it together. After sliding in one of the foam background sheets and attaching a 9V battery to the LED strip (which conveniently attaches to the side of the Foldio using the same magnets that hold it together), I was already taking pictures.
|The assembled Foldio, with a shot of how the backdrop fits in and the location on the LED strip.|
|Of all the three backdrops, grey works the best for miniatures (from left to right: grey, black, white).|
|An old elf freelancer from Mordheim, filled with character, if not a little flat in his pose.|
|When these Chaos Warriors first came out, it was hard to resist building a unit with 2 hand weapons to bring glory to the Lord of Skulls!|
|One of Adam's first attempts at freehand on a large surface, with a grinning face to look like Ivan Isaacs from Hyung Min-woo's Priest.|
|Although small and very portable, the Foldio can effectively accommodate some of the larger models on the market.|
- Eric Wier