CowboyStudio Light Kit

CowboyStudio Light KitProduct: CowboyStudio Triple Lighting Kit

Subject: Video Studio Lighting Kits

Manufacturer: CowboyStudio

Package Height: 11.1 x 11.7 x 36.7 inches

Material Type: Muslin

Price: $168.37 ( Retail )

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Our Rating: 9 out of 10

Starting out with photography or videography is easy – just get a camera and start recording! But if you’re getting serious about your hobby or want to make high quality professional photos or videos, you’ll need to start investing in lighting equipment, stands and backdrops.

Luckily, that investment doesn’t have to be huge – if you’re smart about it, you can find some excellent photography studio lighting kits and video studio lighting kits for a very decent price.

One of the kits that we’d recommend comes from CowboyStudio, an American company that specializes in accessories for photography and video enthusiasts, and which offers quality at an affordable price.

The CowboyStudio light kit is an all-in-one solution suitable for photography, as well as video, which makes it a great choice for people who are just starting out and aren’t quite sure what they need or where their work/hobby will be headed in the near future.

Product Overview

The kit includes all the accessories you might need for various lighting setups, as well as several backdrops and support for them.

The backdrops are 10’x12’, made of 100% cotton fabric and come in white, black and green.

These should cover 95% of basic needs: white and black can be used to create professional photos, as well as videos, while the green backdrop is used as a green screen in case you need to Chroma key special effects or backgrounds in post-production – extensively used in videos, but also great for photography.

You also get a support system for the backdrop, which consists of two stands and a crossbar, with the height being adjustable between 2’7.5”-8’2” and the width between 6’-10’.

The stands are made of heavy duty metal, use quick lock mechanisms and have a base footprint of 3’, which is a good balance between size and stability.

Lighting Stands

The crossbar is made up of 3 sections, so it’s easy to travel with when disassembled.

The lighting accessories include everything you need to get started right away, from the stands to the light bulbs.

You get two full size light stands (26”-6.7’ adjustable height) and one mini light stand (15”-2.6’ adjustable height), all of which are made of anodized die cast aluminum and come with included light sockets (plus power cables) with adjustable swivel and 105W rated power.

Included in the package are 3 x 45W (incandescent equivalent of 225W), 5000K CFL lightbulbs, which should be enough for most tasks, but you can always replace them with any bulbs you think are suitable for your work.

Video Studio Lighting Kits

And finally, you get two soft light diffuser umbrellas (32” width when unfolded), which are a mainstay in any photo studio, but can also be used for video production.

There’s also a carrying case for all of the components, so you can easily take the kit with you anywhere.

The Good & The Bad

The Pros:

The pros of the 10’x12’ CowboyStudio lighting kit include:

  • An all-in-one kit that works great for both photographers and videographers and is ready to go out of the box;
  • Three backdrops that are well sized for a home studio, small professional studio or a traveling professional;
  • High quality stands that will last a long time and can be used even as your needs grow;
  • Carrying case for the whole set, no need to purchase it separately.

The Cons:

The cons are minimal (especially considering the price), but you should be aware of them:

  • The backdrop stand crossbar width is limited to 10’, so you will need to upgrade it if you want a larger backdrop;
  • The light sockets are rated for a maximum of 105W, which could be a problem if you ever need a more powerful lighting setup;
  • The included light bulbs have a 5000W color temperature, which is a bit below the standard 5500W temperature that studios use and can limit their usage depending on what you intend to do.

Who is This Product For?

The 10’x12’ CowboyStudio lighting kit is aimed at beginner enthusiast and professional photographers and videographers who need an easy to set up kit that includes everything they might need and comes at an affordable price.

It is also a great choice as a secondary setup for any studio, as well as a good kit for traveling professionals – no need to pack up your main setup if your clients want you to work on location.

As far as photography studio lighting kits go, the build quality will be sufficient for any kind of indoors or even outdoors work, and it should last quite a while.

Conclusion

If you’ve been searching around for good photo or video studio lighting kits on a budget, you might want to consider this multipurpose set – CowboyStudio has not skimped on the most important components, and you get the added benefit of having all the accessories you might need in one neat package at an attractive price – a perfect combination.

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We hope you enjoyed our CowboyStudio Light Kit review and if you have any questions about the product or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment in the section below.

9 Comments

  1. Great review on the lighting system. I like that you did the overview and then included a video about how it works. People respond very well to videos so that is a key thing to include. I also like your use of pros and cons. It is good to point those out so customers can make a good buying decisions and feel good about it. Great job!

    • Well thank you Jenette – that’s not me on the video mind ( some dude off YouTube! ) 🙂

  2. Thanks for a really interesting site about lighting.
    I do like to take photos not a pro but I like nature photography and specialty sun sets with mountains / ocean as back ground. Do you think a professional lighting will help me, Off course I have my flash but I like to play more with the light options.
    Cees

    • Well if you are doing outdoor shots I’m not sure it will Cees – are you thinking about taking a few snaps indoors?

  3. This sounds like the perfect option for a beginner in either video or photography field I like the fact that everything you need is in the package such as the muslins and the tripods as well as the bulbs and power supply .It is also nice to know that the light sockets have switches to turn them off and on I understand that the frame does not go as large as some others but if you are just starting out I do not think that will be a problem .I also like the fact you have options for your back drops The price seems fair for what you get and you have explained the good and the bad which will help in my decision all the best David

    • Yeah I like this set as a beginners option David – it ticks all the boxes for me!

  4. Great review Chris, it was quite helpful. I am wondering if you can point me in the right direction to find information on how to effectively use this product. Are there any books you have read that helped you learn how to manipulate this equipment to get your desired effect?

    • Hi Julie, if you scroll to the bottom of this page you will see two sections dedicated to filmmaking – plenty of books there that will help you out! 🙂

  5. I can see that a lot of work went into this website, those who are looking for this kind of information will find it most useful. Its is amazing the amount of money that goes into making films, and i am sure that many in this business would like to find ways to cut cost.

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