Review – CowboyStudio Photo Studio 640 Watt Four Strobe Lighting Kit

Dan Eitreim

February 26, 2015

A great deal of information about the photo lighting equipment subject is already known by photography school students and avid photographers, but not really by those that might be hoping to enter the field from the beginning. These tools can be used to further enhance a picture beyond what is otherwise possible with only editing software (and a good camera, of course). Combining all of these factors together can create truly astonishing photos of amazing quality, but this all begins with proper photo lighting equipment.

An all-new level of quality is easily achieved by those with either the wallet to buy new items, or those with the mind to buy used photo lighting equipment items. Either way, once the items are acquired, you must then learn how to use them. The first thing you should learn to use is the external photo lighting (or a photo lighting kit). This allows you to highlight the subject of the photo, whether it’s a product or a person, and also to manipulate the light in such a way as to capture an image of the subject’s best features.

Photo lighting equipment typically comes in two varieties. Strobe lighting, or camera flash, is the more technologically advanced of the variations and requires complex synchronization. Once the shutter and strobe light are synchronized, the picture can be taken safely. This is advantageous because it doesn’t provide a constant bright light that can cause squinting. The other type of lighting is continuous lighting, or “hot lights”. These provide a constant stream of high-quality light for repeated shots, and are usually advantageous for objects (or other subjects that are unaffected by bright lights).

Continuous lights can be further broken down into two categories: halogen and fluorescent. Halogen is usually the more popular of the two because of the amount of brightness it can produce, but raises the temperature of the studio while in use. It is also far less energy efficient. Florescent photo lighting equipment is usually much cheaper and more efficient because it consumes less electricity. It generates almost no heat and is used to simulate more natural lighting (ie. the sun). Florescent photography bulbs also last a lot longer, maxing out at around ten thousand hours.

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In this video, Connor reviews the CowboyStudio four strobe lighting kit. This version included:
4x – Lighting Stands
4x – 160 Watt Strobes (a total of 640 Watts of lighting)
3x – 28″x20″ Softboxes with strobe mounts
1x – Light modifier set (barn door, honeycomb, and gel filters with mount)
1x – Boom arm with mounts and sandbags (weights/sand not included)
1x – Wireless trigger and reciever
1x – Large carrying case to fit everything in

The kit is available from amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IXVRQI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This kit is an amazing value for people who want to get into studio photography on a budget. Although this kit might be lacking raw flash power and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of durability, it gets the job done and it does it well.

This kit works well with any DSLR that has a standard hotshoe flash mount.

Build Quality – 4/10
Value for money – 9/10
Power – 6/10
Ease of use – 6/10

Overall – 6/10

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