(The Digital Photo Box by Cameron, with two Fiilex LED lights. The adjustable lens portal is not in place. The vintage chandelier isn’t necessary for good photography, but it does go well in the red dining room…)
In response to my recent post on equipment portraits, reader Scott Haycock asked for more details on the light box I mentioned.
I use a Digital Photo Box from Cameron – a 28″ model, if I recall. I picked it up a few years ago from a local photography store but they don’t seem to be available these days. I’m sure there’s something similar – I’d check with a shop that caters to pro shooters.
The Photo Box is made of various soft materials over a stiff frame. It comes flat, in its own travel envelope with a handle, and uses Velcro(r) tabs for quick set-up and tear-down. It has an adjustable lens portal so one can completely control the lighting – but I’ve never had to use it.
The box also built-in backdrops in white, neutral grey, plus chroma key blue and green (for easier “knock outs” or “crops” in Photoshop). I used the white backdrop for my portraits.
Scott also asked about the lighting I use. Earlier this year, I acquired three Fiilex P360 LED lights. These lights have many neat features but what I really like about them is that they remain cool to the touch. They can be left on for a long time – hours even – with no worries about melting plastic rolling stock or scorching valances (or digital light boxes).
LED photo lights are still relatively new so they’re also relatively expensive compared to traditional halogen lights. But I’ve done a fair bit of photography – of my own layout, and others – and while I loved my Tota-Lights in their day, one 500-watt fixture can do incredible amounts of damage in a very short time.
The cost would be too high were it my own models melted – but immeasurable if I turned somebody else’s prized work into slag.
Great question, Scott – thanks for asking!