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Lightbox Photography Cards Review

Lightbox Photography Cards claim to be 'inspiration in a box' for photographers. We take a look to find out if this is true.


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Lightbox photography cards are an innovative idea to try and help photographers with 'photo block' or lack of inspiration, get out and take images again. Put together by award-winning photographer Paul Michael Kane, these cards offer unique photo challenges that will appeal to both beginner and more experienced photographers. Here, we take a look at the cards. 

Lightbox Photography Cards Features

You get 52 cards in the box. This is enough for one idea per week for a whole year. Alternatively, you can use the cards as a game with your photographer friends. Simply shuffle the pack and get everyone to pick a card. That's their subject, and everyone can judge who takes the best image to fit each theme at the end. 

Each card has 4 symbols down the side - tripod, flash, remote trigger and filters. The ones coloured orange on the card are the things you'll ideally need for that creative challenge. Each card also has an example image along with lens used, aperture, shutter speed and ISO information. Also included in the pack are a black, white and grey striped card for measuring white balance, and a card with basics such as composition, aperture and white balance effects.  

Key Features

  • 52 Photography inspiration cards 
  • Heavy duty lamination
  • White balance and basic tips card included

Lightbox Photography Cards Handling & Performance

The cards feature heavy duty textured lamination making them feel sturdy and well made. The composition / aperture / white balance tips and striped grey / white and black cards are handy for those that aren't as familiar with the basic principles of photography. 

As mentioned previously, the cards have 4 symbols down the side, tripod, flash, shutter release and filters, and the ones highlighted in orange on each card are what you'll need to effectively capture the image in question. There are a lot of cards that require none of the 4 however and a few that just need flash, so amateurs that only have a compact, for example, can separate out the cards that have more equipment necessary. A lot of the cards require the use of a tripod and shutter release. While a lot of enthusiasts may have a tripod, not as many will have the shutter release, but this can always be improvised with a self-timer if necessary. 

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Each card has a paragraph about the subject with a few key tips and tricks to try. There is also easy to follow info about the exposure and lens used, helping you to mimic or take initial settings from the provided image. 

There are a wide variety of subjects, some quite broad, such as the landscape, and some much more focused such as photographing a door, or numbers. All of them, however, are things that everyone should be able to find in, or near their home. 

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There are a good number of cards so no matter if you want to shuffle them and pick a random one every day or work your way through them, there's lots to go at and no doubt you could get inspiration from each subject more than once. 

Value For Money

Lightbox photography cards started life as a Kickstarter project, which smashed its target with $35,590 pledged with an initial ask of $3800! They are available for $10. We did a little research online and struggled to find anything that was remotely similar to these cards. They're a unique product and the manufacturers have clearly found a gap in the market which these cards fill really well. There's also a new version of the photography cards which you can learn more about here: Photographic Challenge Cards

Lightbox Photography Cards Verdict

For $10, these cards open up a wealth of inspiration for those that are struggling to find new things to have a go at photographing. For someone who feels that they are in a photography rut, they are a great way to introduce new subjects that you might not have thought about shooting before. 

A lot of the cards do require you to have at least a tripod, flash, remote shutter and filters to be able to use them though and you effectively half the number of cards available if you don't have these things.

Visit the Lightbox Photography Cards website. 

Lightbox Photography Cards Pros

Well laminated
Some great inspirational ideas 
Handy white balance / cheat cards 
 

Lightbox Photography Cards Cons

Beginners might not have all the kit needed for some of the challenges

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Lightbox Photography cards are a great idea for a small gift and are ideal for breaking photo inspiration blocks.

 

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