Posted by meronpan on May 11, 2009
Haven’t quite taken enough photos for a full review of sakura yet, but in the meantime just wanted to say I got some new lights!
Not quite positioned appropriately since I was just trying to fit them in the shot, but you get the idea ^^;
I probably should’ve done some more research and asked around the community before ordering, but I was in a rush since one of the lamps I was using previously burnt out. ^^;
Was only going to order a single umbrella/stand/socket kit but ended up with the set of 2 thanks to a gift certificate and fear of mixing fluorescent and incandescent light. Shipping was ~$20 so all told it was ~$90 for the set (-$40 gift certificate == ~$50 ^^). Seeing as how desk lamps that will actually take high enough power bulbs were difficult to find and expensive I figured I’d just go for the real deal.
A little taste of the results…
First thing that I noticed was that it was pretty easy to get results similar to or better than my previous results. That above pic is (I think) unedited, and just what I got placing sakura down and guessing where I should place the lights ^^;
You may remember the towers of boxes I had previously…
You can’t really see them, but on either side of the main stack of boxes is 2-3 other boxes to get the appropriate heights for things ^^;; All told it was like 9 or 10 boxes ^^;; Much easier now.
Basically I just set up the main shooting area and put the umbrellas on either side… started shooting away. Pretty happy given the small amount of effort I spent setting up these shots.
Tried to do a little comparison with Airi since I hadn’t taken any sakura shots with the old setup.
Hopefully you can tell which is which… and hopefully the new one looks better? ^^;; But to be clear, the one of the left is with the new lights, right is from my review.
A little more about the kit if you’re interested…
Got it on Amazon, but sold by cowboystudio (I guess they chose the name since they’re located in Texas…?). Came with 2 stands, 2 umbrellas, 2 light sockets, and 2 30W CFL bulbs. The bulbs are roughly equivalent to 125W incandescent bulbs or something like that. It’s no professional kit, but based on what I can tell and the comments, it seems to be a descent starter kit, in terms of getting into this sorta lighting? Some people commented on it not outputting enough light, but for figure photography it seems fine ^^; Plus, you can just put in a higher watt bulb if you need more power.
Setup was pretty easy (assuming I put it together right ^^;;)… unfolded the stands, got the sockets mounted, screwed in the bulbs, umbrellas in place… action! The cords on the sockets are a little shorter than I’d like, but some extension cords took care of that.
aaand one more sakura teaser.
Can’t get enuf alter ^^
Without the gift certificate I had, it was $86 so you’re looking at $43 per stand/lamp/umbrella. After spending many many many times that on figures I guess it didn’t feel like such a big purchase and worth the investment ^^;; If you’re more focused on growing your collection though, hard to recommend a nice figure’s worth of lighting :P
Alrighty, time to sleep so I can churn out the actual review sometime soon ^^;;