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Review: Foldio Portable Mini Photo Studio

Review: Foldio Portable Mini Photo Studio | The Zen of Making

As a professional craft blogger, good photographs are one of the most important elements of my job. And, while I didn’t begin blogging with the intention of becoming a better photographer, it’s definitely a skill I’ve honed out of both necessity and the desire to share. Because, as it turns out, whether I’m capturing finished projects or creating step-by-step tutorials, images that are clear, sharp, and well-lit are every bit as important as my written instructions and descriptions—especially now that Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter image posts are the new go-to places for DIY inspiration.

Now, here’s where the utterly magical Foldio portable mini photo studio from orangemonkie enters the scene.

You know that moment when you see a gadget on the internet that’s so brilliant that you exclaim in joyful bursts of expletives while frantically scrambling for your credit card? Yeah, the Foldio was one of those. I mean, a fully-functional light box with built-in LED lighting that requires only a few seconds of setup time AND can fold up small enough to fit in my shoulder bag? My, but the world is filled with miraculous things! (Also miraculous: No longer needing to constantly wrestle with my giant light box and three unwieldy lights.)

So, presented with with this glorious object, I did the only logical thing. I threw down my $50 and waited [im]patiently for the UPS guy to arrive.

Here’s what I thought:

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Review: Easy-Macro iPhone Macro Lens

Review: Easy-Macro iPhone Macro Lens | The Zen of Making

I’ve been eyeing macro lens options for my iPhone for a while (because, details!), but those fancy Dalek-looking lenses always seemed incredibly clunky and impractical. I was sure that I’d either lose mine immediately or never actually manage to have it on hand when I wanted to use it. But, when I saw the Easy-Macro cell phone macro lens [this is an affiliate link], it looked like such a simple, elegant solution for snapping quick detail shots in the craft studio, that I just had to give it a try.

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Sunday Snapshot: Fun with iPhone Macro Lenses

Sunday Snapshot: Fun with iPhone Macro Lenses | The Zen of Making

Sunday Snapshot: Fun with iPhone Macro Lenses | The Zen of Making

This week, I’ve been having so much fun playing with my new Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band and the random craft supplies and projects that I have lying around the studio. Turns out, needles look pretty darn sinister so close up, but tiny filling stitches look even more lovely. (Fellow Downton Abbey fans may recognize that diagonal laid work from my Dowager Countess embroidery pattern.)

Of course, I now find myself resisting the urge to take extreme closeups of absolutely everything. Because, you know, details!

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Monday Snapshot: Simon the Cat, Craft Photo Stylist

Monday Snapshot: Simon the Cat, Craft Photo Stylist | The Zen of Making

“I want to help you take craft photos, mom!”

I hope you’re all having a great Labor Day! As you can see, Simon and I have spent the weekend playing catch-up in the studio. (And that’s still where you can find us!)