Hi folks! Today I am excited to tell you about my new favorite tool: The Shotbox.
Shotbox is an easy to use, portable, fully collapsable, powerful lightbox that gives a professional look to every photo I take. It is designed to take pictures with your phone but works equally well with a fancy camera and tripod.
I want you to know that I have an affiliation with Shotbox. This means that if someone purchases a Shotbox via links on my site I get a tiny commission.
That’s great and all, but you know what’s even more fabulous?
I was introduced to Shotbox last summer at a conference. At that time, the product was still in the prototype phase. I spent most of the conference trying out the Shotbox and peppering the inventor, Aaron Johnson, with questions.
The fact that Aaron was co-creator of the Cricut machine (an amazing product familiar to crafters and anyone who has ever stepped foot inside a Michael’s store), gave him serious credibility in my eyes.
By the end of the weekend, I had gone from being intrigued by the idea to being so sold on Shotbox that I joined their Kickstarter campaign.
Perfect for bloggers, scrapbookers, artists, crafters or anyone who wants to take crisp, clean pictures, the only limit to the Shotbox is the imagination of the user.
Even in the hands of an accountant like me, the Shotbox creates great shots.
The base unit sells for $129. There are several accessories, including the must-have SideShot ($40).
(You can see the SideShot hanging on the front of my Shotbox in the picture above.)
This nifty little number provides an extra light source to help diffuse shadows and a platform on which a phone can be positioned and adjusted to take pictures from an almost infinite number of angles. Beyond amazing!
Of course, you could just do what I did and purchase the deluxe Shotbox bundle for $199. The bundle includes the lightbox, the indespensible SideShot, a fancy carrying bag and four backdrops (white, black, blue and green).
The heavy vinyl backdrops hang from the top of the back wall and extend all the way to the front of the box floor creating a great, clean stage for photos like this from my post about planning a wine tasting party.
Once you start playing around with your Shotbox, you will come up with all sorts of creative ideas.
I picked up a bunch of colored and patterned scrapbook pages from Michael’s to use as a background.
I hung the scrapbook page on the back wall of the Shotbox using painter’s tape for easy repositioning and removal, then took some random things from around my house to create these:
A collection of corks –
We always have plenty of corks on hand. The box is the holder for a stack of coasters.
Or how about this?
Looks like a wine bottle sitting on a table against the exposed brick wall of a café, right?
Imagine if you were an artist or crafter with an Etsy shop.
Or if you were a blogger writing a post about your favorite things.
It could be a Nest candle “resting on the grass”.
Maybe a more zen-like, spa type feel.
With a little editing on PicMonkey, I created this fun graphic for my post about choosing your own house wine.
These photos were all created by using items around my house and a couple of dollar’s worth of scrapbook pages from Michael’s.
And, they were taken using my iPhone 5s. Easy peasy!
Are you starting to see all of the possibilities?
Among the many great qualities of the Shotbox is that it takes seconds to set up and take down and folds up compactly for easy storage.
My entire Shotbox bundle…
fits neatly into the carrying bag for easy transport and storage – though in truth, I use it almost every day so it rarely sees the inside of a closet.
Friends, I’m not a salesperson – I’m terrible at it. I’m just a fan who LOVES her Shotbox and wants to share this fun tool with you.
This video from Shotbox does a great job showing how the product works.
Check this out:
If you have any questions, let me know. And if you are interested in learning more, check out the Shotbox website.Thanks for stopping by,
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