Essentials is a series featuring products we’re currently lusting over in quick, bite-sized posts. Today, we’re looking at the SnapIt Boards.
If you’re a photographer who needs to shoot their own products in stylish settings, we’ve found the SnapIt Boards to be fantastic. Here at the Phoblographer, we’re regularly reviewing new gear. Since the site’s inception 10 years ago, we’ve been all about shooting our own product images. That means we need different settings and locations, plus we need to stylize each shoot. For the past few months, we’ve been loving the SnapIt Boards. They’re durable, reusable, look great, and they store very easily.
SnapIt Boards are made of reusable plastic. If I had to describe them, think about the surface and texture of the nicest Real Estate signs you’ve seen (the ones that let you know a house is for sale). Then, give their surfaces nice finishes and you’ve got the SnapIt Boards. Like the signs, they’re reusable, resistant to a lot of abuse, lightweight, and thin. We keep four in the office that we really like and light them accordingly when we need to. Why are they called SnapIt Boards? Honestly, we’re not sure. We tend to just use the surfaces, and they’re pretty large.
What’s even better about the SnapIt Boards is that they don’t bend easily. We’ve looked into full-on tile surfaces and they end up being heavy and tedious to manage, but SnapIt Boards take care of all that. Combine that with their stylish look and you’ve got yourself a great option. These products come in different designs: some of them look like marble while others appear to be more like painted rock surfaces, and others look like wooden surfaces. The truth is that the SnapIt Boards really don’t have texture to them; they’re smooth and when you hit the surface with a flash, that smoothness can be seen a bit. For most of the designs, that’s totally fine. But for others, you may scratch your head a bit.
Our favorite thing about the boards besides their looks is how durable they are. We’ve taken to using water a lot in our product images to show how durable a lens or camera is. We get lots of good results with the right lighting. All you need to do afterward is wipe them down with a rag or a paper towel.
We’re very big fans of the SnapIt Boards and we think you will be too. If you’re interested, check them out on Amazon.