I final­ly found the right light­box for prod­uct pho­tog­ra­phy. It is a com­pact (for stor­age and car­ry­ing) and, at the same time, a huge (when unfold­ed) frame box with light. The size in work­ing con­di­tion is 80 x 80 x 80 cen­time­ters. This light­box allows you to safe­ly aban­don stu­dio shoot­ing and pro­vides every­thing you need to work at home: a large back­ground, good light with a dim­mer, sev­er­al pho­to back­grounds to choose from, as well as a tri­pod for your cam­era and smart­phone.

I have already writ­ten about the com­pact ver­sion of the Tra­vor F40 light­box, which is use­ful for prod­uct pho­tog­ra­phy at home. So today we will talk about the Tra­vor M80 II light­box.

The dif­fer­ences between the F- and M‑series are obvi­ous. M‑series are soft light­box­es with an inter­est­ing design and easy instal­la­tion. On the basis of the tubu­lar frame, a spe­cial reflec­tive mate­r­i­al is fas­tened (zip­per or Vel­cro), and a light is installed. Every­thing is stored in an oblong bag. The F‑series is a rigid fold­ing light­box that folds into a nar­row suit­case. Both options are good for home and work, the F40 and F60 take up almost no space when stored and are easy to trans­port, and for a large portable light­box, I pre­ferred the M80 — it is some­what more com­pact than the flat fold­ed F80. It’s also rolled up in the bag.


Brand: Tra­vor
Mod­el: M80
Mate­r­i­al: Acrylic + ABS + PVP + Alloy
Input volt­age: AC100-240V
Out­put volt­age: 24V
Back­light: 12000–13000LUX
Col­or tem­per­a­ture: 5500K
Pow­er: 84W
LED Lifes­pan: 50000H
Case size: 800*800*800mm
Shoot­ing: 650*650*650mm
Pack­age weight: 6.5 kg

Imme­di­ate­ly I give links to sim­i­lar soft frame pho­to box­es (pho­to stu­dio replace­ment): Tra­vor M60 (60 cm) and Tra­vor M40 (40 cm). They are quite afford­able, and if you or your friends / rel­a­tives are engaged in prod­uct pho­tog­ra­phy, then it makes sense to buy.

Light­box­es like these are ide­al for items such as jew­el­ry, toys, elec­tron­ics and gad­gets and so on. The spe­cial mat­te back­ground and white soft light give a good effect, dis­perse the shad­ows. When choos­ing a pho­to box, you need to under­stand that an object can take up to 65% of the shoot­ing space, that is, the larg­er the objects, the more the size of the inter­nal space and back­ground is need­ed. The pho­to shows a small fold­ing pho­to­box F40.

After the order, the kit was deliv­ered on the third day — it is in suf­fi­cient quan­ti­ty in Moscow at Alibaba’s logis­tics ware­hous­es. It looks like a large (nar­row) sports bag. That’s just not sports equip­ment inside …

Inside is a com­plete set-frame with light and back­ground for prod­uct pho­tog­ra­phy. Such a solu­tion allows not only to store a huge pho­to box, but also to car­ry it with ease. Frag­ile girls, keep in mind that such a bag weighs 6–7 kg.

The whole set is assem­bled in a com­pact bag: fold­ed box walls, two nar­row back­lights, pho­to­phones (3 pcs), a frame of tubes and angles, a pow­er sup­ply with wires and a dim­mer, a dif­fuser, a tri­pod for a 1/4″ cam­era and a smart­phone, instruc­tions.

Includes 3 large acrylic back­drops. A big plus of the plas­tic back­ground is that it is easy to care for (wipe with alco­hol) and wear-resis­tant. Unless it can be dam­aged or scratched.

The kit includes detailed instruc­tions.

The instruc­tion is in Eng­lish, but the entire assem­bly process is described in detail with pic­tures.

Com­plete pow­er sup­ply (24V/2A). There is a switch, euro plug, DC5525 con­nec­tor. Replace if nec­es­sary is not a prob­lem.

Dim­mer with Y‑splitter for lamps.

Tri­pod includ­ed. Sim­ple and com­fort­able, though small in height.

Spe­cial hold­er for a smart­phone on a tri­pod (1/4″).

This is how you can install a smart­phone, for exam­ple, an iPhone or Sam­sung, to take pic­tures or shoot videos inside a light­box.

A huge plus of this kit is the pres­ence of high-qual­i­ty light­ing inside. Usu­al­ly with home­made back­grounds you fool around with the choice of light. And here every­thing is ready.

Two large lamps on an alu­minum frame. Pow­er 2x48 W.

From the end there are con­nec­tors for dim­mer wires.

Laser mark­ing on the pro­file. By the way, such a pro­file per­fect­ly removes heat dur­ing oper­a­tion.

The mate­r­i­al of the walls of the pho­to­box itself is made dif­fuse and reflec­tive. The mate­r­i­al is soft — it was fold­ed in the bag.

Assem­bly is easy and takes just a few min­utes. We take the basis of the frame — tubes.

We assem­ble a frame from cor­ners and tubes. A cou­ple of extra cor­ners were includ­ed.

The frame will turn out to be large, I did not expect that it would be a prob­lem to pho­to­graph every­thing in full size as an assem­bly.

We put the mate­r­i­al under the frame.

Do not for­get to imme­di­ate­ly install the lamps.

Raise the sides, fix (fas­ten the zip­per).

An extreme­ly inter­est­ing and effec­tive solu­tion is two long zip­pers.

Lit­er­al­ly in two move­ments, the pho­to­box fas­tens on the frame.

We con­nect the wires — I almost for­got.

In the cen­ter, a large win­dow with the inscrip­tion Tra­vor is look­ing at us.

The win­dow (or rather the win­dows — there are three of them) with Vel­cro, can be slight­ly opened to the desired dis­tance.

There is a small­er win­dow and a very small hatch.

Just right under the lens.

Let’s try light­ing.

It shines bright­ly, dim­ma­ble, the direc­tion is adjustable, which is impor­tant for objects with a glossy sur­face. You can install a dif­fuser (includ­ed).

I install one of the com­plete back­grounds (white). Also avail­able in beige and black. You can buy any pho­to­phone with a width of 80 cm.

For large items, the edges of the back­ground may be vis­i­ble.

Eval­u­ate this when choos­ing a pho­to­box. Usu­al­ly up to 60–65% of the size. I have 80 cm, that is, gad­gets and pack­ag­ing box­es can be 40–50 cm each.

Well, tra­di­tion­al­ly exam­ples of pho­tographs.

Tool kit.

A few more fresh pho­tos: gad­gets, tools, elec­tron­ics, and of course — knives.

Light­box video pre­sen­ta­tion.

While work­ing, I did a test with a ther­mal imager. Lamps heat up even­ly. Dur­ing long-term oper­a­tion, the heat­ing is insignif­i­cant — with­in 50 degrees.

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Bought a lit­tle more than now.

Well, in a fold­ed form, the whole thing is very com­pact.

Now the pho­to­box is avail­able for order­ing from a ware­house in the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion, the price for Black Fri­day will be $85 (minus coupons, Ali pro­mo codes for $8/60, or $5/50, for exam­ple, friday5). Addi­tion­al­ly, a $2.00 store dis­count is avail­able with the pro­mo code VG1MSMCB4MF0.

In any case, this light­box has replaced an entire stu­dio for me. I hope it will be use­ful for you too.

От Yara

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