This weird dome is a portable light tent for product photography

Oct 7, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This weird dome is a portable light tent for product photography

Oct 7, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Perhaps you’ve already heard of OrangeMonkie, the company behind Foldio collapsible lightboxes. They’re now back with another gadget made for product photography. Foldio360 Smart Dome is a futuristic-looking lightbox for 360 product photography, and it combines all of the OrangeMonkey’s previous projects into one.

The Foldio360 Smart Dome moves away from the usual rectangular light box shape. Instead, as the name suggests, it’s dome-shaped. It gives you uniform light and infinite white background, for those traditional, clean product images. There’s also a built-in mechanical turntable in case you need 360 product photos. A centering light will help you determine the exact location for your subject so the 360 photos stay centered.

You can also add a detachable ball head directly onto the dome and mount your smartphone onto it. Of course, you can also use your DSLR or mirrorless to shoot the products inside the dome. Either way, you can connect your phone to the dome and control the turntable and lights through a dedicated app.

The Foldio360 Smart Dome is available through Kickstarter. It has already exceeded the $100k goal with $143,955 pledged, and there are 43 days of the campaign still to go. You can order yours for $320, and it’s expected to ship in March 2021.

I must admit that this smart dome seems pretty interesting. It can be useful if you shoot product photography for e-stores and I think it could speed up your workflow. I would really like to play with one of these and see what I could make from it. But since I shoot product photos once in a blue moon, I think I’ll stick with my garbage can light tent.

[via PetaPixel]

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7 responses to “This weird dome is a portable light tent for product photography”

  1. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    I don’t see why this is better than a box that can be folded.

  2. Dave Johnson Avatar
    Dave Johnson

    no

  3. Darren Lee Avatar
    Darren Lee

    Light tent.. Nothing new here. Lots of better DIY ways of doing this..

  4. Rafael A. P. Maduro Avatar
    Rafael A. P. Maduro

    I literally bought a 15$ tiny white foldable box with 6 color backdrops and two led strips attached, went from the store to my client shoot, 12 photos after I earned 120 bucks. I mean I’m up for new and better things but this is just ridiculous

  5. Vicky S. Mittal Avatar
    Vicky S. Mittal

    its like they’ve never heard of amazon! are they from a universe without amazon that be an interesting universe

  6. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    I get why this would be interesting for product photography but $320 seems a bit steep given the options currently available in the market today.

  7. Simo Avatar
    Simo

    cool product, but there’re a lot of cheaper/better alternatives