Over a month ago I was reached out to by the company Lume Cube.
I had received an email from an Audrey (the same name as my house plant funnily enough), saying they had come across my Instagram Profile, enjoyed the photos I share of my workspace and interested to see whether they could send their product for me to improve my photos and share with my audience.
When I started my Instagram I never thought I would reach 10,000 followers, let alone be sent free stuff but here where are! I guess I’m an ‘Influencer’ now?!
However, obviously I would be happy to receive a free gift if it suited my ‘Personal Brand’ persona (in this case lighting for my desk photos!), but ultimately I would only share and ‘promote’ it if I genuinely felt it was a useful or good product.
What is Lume Cube?
Lume Cube is basically a small, portable light box for photography - but fuck me is it powerful! It’s literally smaller than the palm of your hand.
The advertised uses consist of:
Youtube video recordings
All live content broadcasts/video calls
In my case, I’ve been using it to light up my workspace and Skype Calls - it came at a time someone said I need better lighting in my photos!
I’ll be looking to create YouTube Video Content down the line and I can see this being a great addition!
Let’s start with the packaging.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect but I was actually impressed by the box it came in. Pretty heavy duty, the actual image of the Lume Cube is embossed laminated so it had a nice ‘touch’ to it.
Definitely has that ‘high-end’ feel to it, exactly what you’d expect from the price.
The box opens up in a door fashion to reveal what’s inside held closed by a magnet - another nice addition.
I like packaging.
What it’s in the box?
The Lume Cube
Two diffusers - White & Amber
A mount (suction cup)
The mount I was actually really impressed by the suction cup, not only does it have an incredibly sticky coating on it it also has a strong suction. Usually these things just fall off, but this stuck anywhere with ease!
As you can see, this little gem is pretty tiny, this makes carrying it out for a mini-shoot or attaching it to the back of the phone for a portable Instagram Live or Profile Shots very easy.
The Lume Cube has just the standard Micro USB for charging.
What I like is that it also works perfectly fine when attached to the USB while charging, if the battery life has run out which is great. Usually you have to await a product to be charged before using it.
Here’s the suction cup, as I said it’s very sticky (but doesn’t give off any residue, it’s just sticky!), so a lot of dust is attracted to it.
As you can see, the Lume Cube essentially connects with a standard Tripod screw (is that what they’re called?) so can be attached and mounted onto a camera, tripod or drone where possible!
I’ve stuck it on the back of my laptop screen recently for a Skype call and it had no problem with sticking and staying there for a prolonged amount of time and provides great lighting for the call - rather than those dark nighttime calls where it looks like you’re talking to a shadow the whole time.
The Lume Cube has around 4 different settings/strength of lighting, which can be applied by just keeping on tapping the ‘on’ button.
The max strength is as I said incredibly bright for such a small box - I actually blinded myself for a good part of the evening from catching a glimpse of it.
I’ve been using the highest setting for my ‘setup’ photos on Instagram, but the lowest setting obviously for Skype Calls otherwise you’re just completely blinded.
Now, I don’t claim to be a photographer and I’m still very much becoming accustom and learning how to apply lighting to my pictures - but with just the small addition of the box I believe it has provided a nice edge to my photos on Instagram.
Let’s have a look at a couple of shots with the Lume Cube…
What’s my conclusion and final opinion?
Presumably Lume Cube is US based, it was shipped by FedEx and came very quickly, just under a week since the confirmation of the company sending it out.
The retail price of a Lume Cube is $79.95…which could appear to be quite a high cost, but let’s break it down.
If you compare to traditional methods of using a backlighting rig. This would be fairly costly expense anyways not to mention the actual space & real estate that is required.
With such a tiny box, you can just grip it to anywhere you want and achieve a similar result and then just hide it away on your desk or draws.
I did try the portrait lighting, using myself as the focal point and this worked great (sorry I’m not showing my embarrassing mug shots).
Where I can see this really benefiting the workspace is not only enhancing the general photos of the workspace, but if you’re someone doing Skype Calls a lot or even YouTube videos. Will provide that ‘professional’ quality touch, without having to have these huge ugly rigs.
Are you a creator or looking to grow your Personal Brand? Then I would recommend this product whole-heartedly. However, I can understand the cost may be a bit too much for some.
Do I think it’s worth the cost? I honestly do. I was looking to get a lighting rig, but having to put it up-and-down everytime I wanted to use it was putting me off. I wouldn’t want to have my home office as a permanent ‘photography studio’.
Unfortunately, I do not have some form of ‘influencer’ discount code. I wasn’t asked to write this blog post either, but I thought it would be more useful to see the product in detail and share my opinion of it.
If you’re interested, go check it out and Buy It Here.