Taking clear, sharp photos of tiny objects can be an exercise in frustration, especially if all you have is a cameraphone. Foldio, though, manages to solve this problems with the Internet’s favorite solutions: LEDs and magnets.

Tiny Products, Tiny Studio

Here’s the problem, in a nutshell; taking photos of small objects, and having them be detailed and in focus, is a tricky business. You can sit right on the verge of microphotography when you’re taking, say, a photo of your new watch or photos of jewelry you’re selling. And if you don’t have a good DSLR camera, that can make things even worse. And, all this assumes you have the photography equipment and studio to make this stuff work. Foldio ensures that you don’t need any of that.

The Folding Studio

Essentially, it’s a small white box made out of surprisingly tough laminated paper that you unfold and click together using magnets. Just flip on the LED strip in the back and you’re all set if you just want a white background. However, there are other solid colors you can choose to take the photos for as well, including key colors like green that you can remove from the photo using editing software, if, say, you want to get all fancy and throw a sunset behind it. Or you want to spiff up your Etsy store.

Doing One Job, Very Well


Admittedly, the Foldio is more for people with products to sell or who have to document a lot of small objects, like a historian or a geologist, and need an easy to set up background. But, if you have need of this, or just think it’s neat, it’s undeniably something worth adding to your stock of photography equipment. And it’s just $34, a welcome switch from the cost of other solutions.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.