Tonight my family celebrated Christmas with my side of the family. One of my presents was a CowboyStudio Photo Studio Light Tent Kit in a Box (and also Skyrim for the Xbox 360!). I have wanted one of these studio kits for a long time, but I never ended up buying one for myself, so it was a nice surprise. As soon as we got home, I wanted to try it out. I will let you decide if it makes a difference. 🙂
The kit comes with a carrying case that folds out into a soft light tent, along with two table lights, a camera stand, and four color backgrounds. It didn’t come with instructions, but after looking at the picture again on Amazon, it was self-explanatory. I had the whole thing set up in 5 minutes. Here is the manufacturer’s shot of everything together (click any image in this post to enlarge it):
The camera stand was particularly helpful, as the main arm can bend forward to minimate level, while the part that holds the camera can rotate to almost any angle. I went with the white background for my shots, so I could compare them to my usual set-up. Here is a shot of my set-up:
For my first victim, I chose a custom of Jack O’Neill from Stargate SG-1 that I have been working on. My usual set-up for photos is a sheet of white paper and a desk lamp. Here is a shot of jack with my usual set-up:
And here is one of Jack with the new studio kit:
What do you think? Does the studio kit make a difference?