28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2008
I just got this kit and am VERY impressed by the quality of the product itself and the quality of the images I am able to produce with it! The kit comes packed very nicely and setup is a breeze. They have included everything but the camera in this kit to produce professional quality images. The two cardboard light reflectors seemed cheesy at first, but are actually quite effective. You'll realize the importance of them when you shoot a reflective object that you don't want to see yourself in! :)
The first shoot I did was with my Fuji point-and-shoot camera. I wanted to see how well a true novice would do with this kit. The images looked good, but the background wasn't pure white. I played around with the white balance and shutter speed settings, but wasn't able to produce an image with a pure white background. However, anyone with basic Photoshop skills can easily achieve their desired results (as I did)in a matter of minutes. Even given this "extra" step, I would strongly recommend this kit to anyone who is wanting to shoot their own images for web and other purposes. This kit will pay for itself over and over again!
I will update this review after I get a chance to shoot with my DSLR. I'm sure my experience will be even better...
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2014
First I like the lightbox, but it does not have enough light at all. I had to take the screen off the light and include another light to make it somewhat bright enough, they really need to include another light bar.
What I did not like was they included a letter inside the package that you could get a free replacement bulb IF AND ONLY IF YOU GAVE A 5 STAR REVIEW. You had to email them and let them know, and give your username so they could verify. This is shady because now I am wondering how many reviews were not really 5 star, they just wanted the free gift. I rely on reviews for every purchase so it is a little misleading and disappointing.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Before I say anything, make sure you read the description and understand the dimensions, This item isn't designed to be portable, and it isn't tiny.
That said, because it's not designed to be portable, you can get consistently good photos without doing much (if any) post processing. This alone is a huge time saver.
Assembling everything was relatively easy, and the instructions were well written. One minor contention I have is that the description seems to suggest that you don't need to know anything about photography to use this. Personally, I disagree. While it is incredibly easy to get great results, you'd still do well to understand some photography basics. It isn't "shadow-free", and understanding how to properly use different flash techniques can still be helpful with this product.
The other contention I had, is that this is fairly difficult to store. Not so much because of its size, but because dust and debris aren't impervious to cardboard boxes. It would have been nice if some sort of cover had been included.
If you're serious about selling items online (even eBay), and you have items that change often, you'll get your money's worth from this product quickly. But for casual use, you might want to consider other options.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
Cheap construction and could be done better if you build it yourself.
Light covers break off the tabs immediately on assembly/re-assembly. Cheap plastic that should have been tested before being approved for production.
Cyclorama is the only thing you should buy and then build your own top panel and any other needed reflectors.
I've only written high praise reviews in the past but this was such a let down I had to comment.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
REVIEWER BACKGROUND: I've never used any studio equipment before, and am really just starting to get into product photography since I plan to host a garage sale online soon. I used a DSLR with the built-in flash.
The product comes disassembled and took me about 20 minutes to put together with a Philips head screwdriver. The instructions are barely sufficient. The photos are (ironically) are not very clear, since they appear to be grainy B&W photocopies. I found the glossy product ad that came with the instructions to be very helpful in understanding how the assembled product was supposed to look, and what the names of each of the pieces were.
Here's a video review that includes assembly: [...]
Once set up, I followed some of the camera setting tips (1/30, wb at 5000K, no flash) from the instructions and took a few photos. Overall, I was pleased with the output. The whole setup was effective in distributing the light evenly around the focal area. Since I'd never used a studio before, I'd never really noticed how small 20" really is. My mom asked me to photograph a flower arrangement she did, and I was disappointed that it easily cleared the walls of the background...rendering a full shot of the arrangement impossible.
The entire unit is lightweight, and probably could be easily disassembled but doesn't appear to be designed for mobile or infrequent use. I don't shoot that frequently, so I am not looking forward to figuring out how to store the studio. Also, the overall kit machinery was flimsy, so I suppose the selling major point is that this is an all in one package.
If you have a bounce flash for your SLR, I think you could put together your own studio for a lot less. If you have a built-in flash with your camera, and need to quickly and frequently photograph small objects then this is for you.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2008
This is a great product and a must have if you sell anything on eBay or even craigslist. It came nicely packaged and set up easily. Once I saw my photos, I wondered why I didn't try it sooner. My items came out looking great. I love that it comes with it's own lighting and there's no backdrop to distract. I used to dread the time it would take to get a photo that I was happy with, now it happens in no time and I love the way they turn out. I have a Nikon D-50 but I've also used a simpler point-and-shoot and both have given great photos on this background.
While playing around with the myStudio, I noticed a few things that helped make my photos look their best. First be sure to position the bounce cards to reflect the light back onto your item. Then turn off any extra lighting in the room. It also helps to have your camera on a tripod to keep your camera still. Play around with shooting your item straight on or from above. With taller items, shooting from above helps to fit the entire item on the background. It's really amazing what you can do with this personal sized studio. I'm glad I have it.
Bottom Line: It is easy to use and gives great looking photos. It'll set your items apart.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
MS20 is the smallest of the 4 kits, but for most projects, the 20"x20"x12" real estate is enough. The most important part of this assembly is the cyclorama, the seamless white (offwhite) plastic repository, where you place your product models - and the main key to shoot professional looking model photos. Otherwise, most of the parts can be constructed by a handy man with a shop in his garage.
The package comes with a 590-lumen, 5000K temperature natural sunshine Philips fluorescent lamp housed in a lighting fixture equipped with its own rocker switch
What I like:
- The cyclorama
- Aluminum frame is nicely finished with clean white baked paint.
- Included instruction for using the product (and some photography tips).
Rooms for Improvement:
- A thicker gauge aluminum frame
- A more simple and easier to follow assembly instruction.
- Heavier footings. Manufacturer suggests adding college textbooks for added support to make it stable. The aluminum footings has a couple of holes, probably intended for screws for a more permanent installation.
- Light reflector bounce cards. 2 bounce cards are included made of...cardboards. The cardboard stands has a sticker tape and requires assembly to stick with the cards. Now, this is cheap. I do not expect a $200 product with cardboard accessories. It would be nice if the bounce cards are made of the same material as the cyc.
- 15W lamp 590 lumen package seems to be inadequate (but you can remedy this by overexposure and slower shutter speeds than 1/15 sec)
I am satisfied with the photos. Light shadows enhance the image for a more 3D effect. You might still need to tweak the pictures with photoshop here and there, but after you get familiar with the camera settings, the preparation procedure, and a little post processing; it should be enough to obtain consistent satisfactory results.
I use a Canon Digital Rebel with a 55-250mm zoom lens, shooting on a tripod with the camera built-in timer. Mostly at 5.6 aperture priority, 1/15sec shutter, and daylight setting, 2 stops overexposure. Use a long zoom lens to maximize depth of field. Making it more easier to achieve a floating illusion.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
ever wonder why this has so many 5 star reviews. It is because it comes with a bribe. If you leave a 5 star review MYSTUDIO will give you 15 dollars worth of bulbs. This product is not worth the money. cheap flimsy plastic
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
I bought the MS20 because I get very little light in my apartment, and I like to take macro photos of flowers and small objects. The Studio is easy to assemble and provides all the light I need. Using the studio allows me to take my photos at any time of the day. I used to have a very limited time during the day by my window, and the light was often very inadequate. The light on the MS20 can be adjusted very easily, up or down, depending on the height of the object you are photographing. I suggest that you play the installation video while assembling the MS20, as it explains everything in detail and makes the assembly easy-peasy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2014
If you're looking at tabletop photo kits you've probably looked at the LimoStudio setup and thought $32-57 (depending on how many lights are in the kit) is a definite bargain compared to $179 for the MyStudio kit. I've purchased both the MS20 and the 4-light LimoStudio kit and will share how they match up.
The MyStudio setup helps you produce a much better product image in a much shorter amount of time. The LimoStudio images required lots of color correction and exposure compensation, plus lots of time dodging the background to achieve anything near an even white.
I use a Nikon D3200 and even after spending a lot of time manually adjusting the white balance and ISO could not get the quality results that I got "out of the box" with the MyStudio.
The LimoStudio uses two or four lights depending on the kit you buy. In my case four lights failed to provide enough light - and it's nearly impossible to align the lights in a way to get even illumination and not hot spots. Conversely the MyStudio MS20 uses a single light which is reflected evenly.
The MS20 comes with an instructional DVD with helpful tips on product photography, where you're left on your own with the LimoStudio.
To get image quality anywhere near the MyStudio using the LimoStudio you have to spend lots of time manipulating files in Adobe Lightshop and Photoshop. If you're unwilling or unable to do this, I'd skip the LimoStudio entirely.
This is the "you get what you pay for" thing. You can save money with the LimoStudio but you'll spend hours trying to get your images to look decent.