My Christmas Present: A Photo Studio Kit!

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?


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5 Responses

  1. Shamrock says:

    I think the lighting on the figure is an improvement.
    In general the diffused light that a light box gives will give less harsh highlights on whatever you’re shooting.

    But the background, particularly the shadows cast from the two lights, needs work.

  2. TM2 Dinobot says:

    Not much of one, honestly. The triple shadows are annoying. What did your old setup look like? The image is crisper though.

  3. Luke314pi says:

    Yeah I need to iron the background, as it is still wrinkled from being in the packaging. Also I think I need a third light, with a soft filter already on it. The old set up was just the minimate on a sheet of white paper with a desk lamp as the only light source.

  4. groundhog says:

    I’ve got one of those photo studio kits and with a little work you can get rid of the shadows. It’s a little tricky to figure out the best light angles so that there are minimal shadows and minimal glare, but I think you can do it without needing a third light. And you might watch the temperature on the lighting also. The first time I used mine one of the lights melted the outer casing onto the bulb because it got too hot very quickly.

  5. Moo says:

    You will work ut the shadow issue but the lighting is MUCH better! The colors look more TRUE. good luck! -Moo