Photojojo. I did a little research and bought the larger Foldio 2 right away. I already had a very good light box by E-Z Cube (see picture below), but it takes up a lot of space and we expect to be moving to a smaller home in January.
The Foldio is made of lightweight, corrugated plastic which unfolds into a cube shape with one open end. The sides of the cube overlap in the the same way as the folds on the bottom of an envelope do. Each side is held in place by three powerful magnets. If you look at the photo below you can see the faint outline of the magnets on each tab. Pull the magnets apart and the cube folds flat in seconds.
Since the lights on the Foldio are built in, they don't take up any extra room at all. I love the extra space that I've gained on my dresser top, but I have to say that the Foldio lights are a mixed blessing. The space savings and that fact that you can adjust the light intensity are big pluses! However, because the lights are built in at the top of the box, it is difficult to avoid casting shadows on the product item you are photographing. With free-standing lights, you can set one on either side of the cube, which reduces shadows, plus you can move them around to adjust the angles of the lights. With the Foldio, the lights are always up above and if you try to shoot downward, from above your product, your hand and camera will cast a shadow. You can work around this, but I find it annoying. If you decide to get a Foldio, I suggest lowering your camera to the height of the product you are photographing and then shoot straight at it. If you want to take a shot from above, hold the camera outside of the box (so your hands are not below the lights) and then use your zoom to get in closer.
Linda Landig Jewelry