OMBAR Portable Photography Studio review – A light box by any other name – The Gadgeteer

July 24, 2022 by No Comments

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REVIEW – Who needs a light box? Product reviewers, marketers, crafters, online sellers, bakers, or anyone who wants to create professional looking photographs of items that’ll fit inside one of them. A light box provides even lighting with either no shadows or faint shadows, and no noticeable corners to distract from the object. I’ll refer to the OMBAR Photo Studio as a light box in this review. 

What is it

The OMBAR Photo Studio is a lightweight, portable, LED light box for small object photography.

What’s in the box

  • Light box shell with LED ring fixture and cable attached.
  • Controller cord, 3 contact plug to USB-A
  • Metal top support
  • 3 securing buttons
  • 4 fabric backgrounds
  • Instruction manual

Hardware specs

  • Thick polypropylene construction
  • Dimensions: 15.75 W x 15.75 H x 15.75 D
  • Weight: 3.04 lbs
  • 120 LEDs
  • Service life claim: 30,000 hours
  • 10 light levels
  • Color temperature: 3000k to 6500k
  • 5V USB-A power input jack
  • In-line pushbutton controls

Design and features

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Brightness control and 3 color temperature levels
  • 4 interior fabric background pieces (white, black, green, blue)
  • Open top for overhead photograph view

Installation and setup

Installation of the OMBAR light box was pretty simple. I read along with the instruction manual just to play it safe but the steps were intuitive if not obvious. A light box is a cube with an open front, so given that the ring light needs to be at the top, it was clear how to fold and secure the sides. 

I first placed the securing buttons backward. My clue was that the support brace holes were outside the light box sides. I knew the support wire needed to be inside the box. It was easy to unscrew and reverse the two side securing buttons, then press the support brace wire down into the hole in the buttons. I then rotated the support wire towards the top of the light box. 

With the support brace secure in its notch in the box top, I set the box upright and went for a spare USB power pack. 

I ran the LED light cable out of the top right corner of the box, then plugged the control section of the cable into the LED cable section. I attached the USB-A plug to a rechargeable USB power pack, turned on the LED ring lights and I was ready to shoot my first pics with the OMBAR Light Box. 

Here’s my finger poking through, I mean ‘highlighting’, the tab for securing the color fabric sheet. There’s a hook to …….



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