I was setting up to photograph my most recent scrapbook layouts and suddenly realized: I own the new ShotBox and have not posted a review! So I'm here today to rectify the situation. If you need to know what a ShotBox is in the first place, here is their website. If you already know about it and are wondering whether you should purchase one, read on.
I posted a review on their website when I first received my ShotBox, and still agree with my initial assessment. So here is that review:
1. The Shotbox came very well packaged, yet easy to open and quick to set up. I was pleased with the quality of the product. Plastic, but sturdy. Nothing to put together, except plugging in the power cord. Simple instructions and everything worked right the first time.
2. The power cord is not very long, maybe about 4 feet. So you better be close to a power source.
3. There's a dimmer switch on the front to turn on and adjust the light. There is another switch to turn each side of lights on or off. I need to play with these more. I was getting some glare on my photos, but played with the lighting a bit and was happy with the results.
4. I used my iPhone to take pictures of a layout. Found out my small Nikon CoolPix doesn't zoom out small enough, so the phone it is. That's not a problem. I used the square photo setting on my iPhone and took some photos, which automatically show up in my Photos program. Love that!
5. Now for the real test: cropping. The ShotBox passed with flying colors! I might have heard singing. This is by far the least I've ever had to crop off a layout to get a good square crop. I purposely chose a layout with a skinny border at top and bottom and had no problem keeping them. Paper scrappers, rejoice!
6. If you struggle with good lighting, especially this time of year, your troubles are over. Rainy days, cloudy days, night time will mean nothing now.
7. Overall, I am very, very pleased. I think (hope) the quality of the layouts I post online will be about the same or a bit better than before, but I'm achieving these results with less time and frustration. This was a worthwhile purchase for me.
The photo glare is still an issue, but I'm able to troubleshoot and overcome it in most cases. I think a very flat layout is the key. Turning one set of lights off helps, and once I turned my layout sideways and that took care of the glare. I have no idea why. So do you see a ShotBox in your scrapping future?