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ePhoto ULS69 Continuous Lighting Kit with 3 Muslins
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2010
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I am planning on slowly starting a small photography business and thought this cheap set would be great to get me started. Well....I had a few surprises!

Delivery seemed to take forever. It arrived "in time" - the last day allowed, but I guess I'm spoiled with Amazon's fast service. The lights are great - simple, great height. Comes with bulbs and white umbrellas. The stand is okay - little flimsy. My biggest complaint are the backgrounds. The description said they were 6 by 9 feet long. These backgrounds were NOT....more like 4 foot wide and 7 foot long....if that! They are also very see through. Poor quality on those! Also, the "green" background is not the same color as a green screen one - it is a dark green - like forest green!

I would only recommend this buy to someone who is planning on replacing the backgrounds. I went to the local fabric shop and got fabric cut out for me and made my own....possibilities are endless there! I guess I had my hopes up for this bundle, but I guess you get what you pay for. I would have rather paid more on a stand and purchased backgrounds later!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2010
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I am a beginer and learning all the fun tools of photography... I recently just bought a program to help edit a person into a backdrop. and a white back screen was suggested. So looking around I found this bundle to be the best for the price. Like everyone else said there is no instruction manual, but its pretty easy to figure out. I did find the stand to be kinda wobbly and it is not going to be very sturdy if used bigger and with a heavier backsheet. I was very disappointed with the sheets. I was expecting it to be better quality- i have to measure because I do not think its 6 feet across, its not even big enough to get three people let alone 2 adults to stand in front of it. The white is very see through, I will have to have something behind it to not show the background. i have bought bed sheets to use before this product and I will be continuing to use them since they are thicker then the sheets that were sent to me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
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Lets be honest, people who purchased this product were hoping to get professional quality products for an EXTREMELY cheap price. Realistic people take a chance in purchasing items like this to gain at least one solid item they can use. This package exceeded my expectations! I opened the package already knowing of the thin backdrops, as I had previously read the reviews prior to purchasing. My main goal was to acquire a green screen and for the price of some barebones screen I chose this set for the additional lights. Setting the lights up correctly eliminated any see thru issues with the extremely thin backdrops, so overall I was extremely excited to see that. The green screen works brilliantly, the stands are very durable and to the people that said they were wobbly? maybe your doing it wrong, on a carpeted, tiled, and out side the whole setup stood firmly with out fail. it actually comes with an extension bar for the back drops to be come 9 ft wide instead of 6 again another feature that I did not realize but greatly appreciate. Do buy some CLIPS the back drops come folded up, i bought the clips for 8 bucks and use it to stretch the back drop nice n tight wrinkles have diminished now!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2010
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Photography Light Kit & 3 Muslins Backdrop Black White Green Background Support Kit with Case By Ephoto INC

My son is a film student and wanted a green screen. In my search to find one I came across this Photography Light Kit & 3 Muslins Backdrop Black, White and Green Background Support Kit with Case By Ephoto INC. I think that it is a great price for all that you get. My son is very happy and I can't wait to see what he can create using the the 3 different muslins backdrop. The photo shows 2 clips holding the backdrop. These items did not come with the kit. However, the muslins has a rod pocket for the cross bar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
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Bought it for my husband. He is an amateur photographer that prefers the outdoors and doesn't do much portrait photography, but after getting a book on the subject he seemed interested enough to invest in this kit. According to him: "the kit is OK. I wish there was a big softbox and maybe a backfilling spot light, but I can always add those later."

So, from an amateur/beginner photographer point of view, it is a good foundation for a lighting set up.

He didn't have the happiest of times trying to set it up. The instructions are just very... sparse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
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I recently bought this product. I will honestly say that I failed to read the reviews before purchasing. However when I did finally read them, I figured I would give them the benefit of the doubt. Boy was I wrong. The Backdrops are definitely see through. the stand is very flimsy. It falls over if you make it any taller than 6 ft. The umbrellas are SO translucent. I used an external flash so that it would bounce off of the umbrella and light up my subject. Nope, the light went straight through the umbrella. Overall I would never purchase this item again, let alone purchase from this seller. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT. CHEAPLY SOLD MEANS CHEAPLY MADE....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
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The delivery was fast and packaged well. After researching and reading a lot of reviews (both positive and negative) on the product I purchased (http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Background-Chromakey-Fluorescent-Continuous/dp/B00316GZEU/ref=cm_cmu_up_add_glance) , I knew exactly what I was getting. I am very happy with the beginner photographer setup, my wife was disappointed that there were no instructions in the box on how to set it up but after laying everything out it was simple enough. The thing to remember is that this is for beginners so it gives you a good base to start with. Immediately after getting things setup you will start developing a list of things that you will want to add along with the kit.

The site of my wife taking pictures and people actually coming over for photo shoots is priceless....THANKS!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2010
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This was my first backdrop purchase.
Though the frame is 8' wide the bacdrops are only 6' wide and a number of shot at my first photoshoot the backdrop was not wide enough and i capture unwanted background.
The backdrops are very thin, so the white turns out very offwhite/almost grey, and the green not bold enough, so dropping the the subject into other backgrounds digitally was difficult.
My nect purchase will be 9-1-wide backdrops of heavier material.
On a positive note, it was light and portable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
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First, it really does include 2 (two) lights with adjustable stands; 3 different backdrop screens; a stand for the screen; and it can all break down into a bag that's easily carried.

Second, the reviews about how difficult it is to keep the fabric backdrops from wrinkling are all true. However, if you are going to subtract the background with Photoshop, it's not critical to have a wrinkle-free screen. (Note: I haven't tried a chroma-key video application yet; those may be more sensitive to wrinkles. This review refers to still photography only).

Third, what no one tells you (or perhaps I have overlooked some easy fix here) is that the green screen reflects off your subject, and it's hard to get the green haze off. Separation of the background is easy; but my son's skin and hair picks up the color of the screen, and I frequently have to do some extra steps in Photoshop that I would prefer not to do. (use color substitution brush, and substitute the color of the surrounding area for the green color of the screen). I haven't tried the other colors yet, since black and white are usually in the image I am photographing. Just be warned that you may have some work cut out for you in this regard-- it takes me about 5 minutes per pic, but I'd prefer not to do it at all.

I have researched this cursorily, and it seems that this problem may be generic with chroma-key technology.

Fourth, it takes up quite a bit of room. The two stands for the screen support a crossbar that's about 10 feet long, so they need to be about 10 feet apart; and they have legs, so you need about 12 to 13 feet of room for the screen.

In general, if you'd like to create photo-studio-quality pictures, and you have the room and the patience, I'd recommend this product. I used it to create a better baptism picture for my baby son; we dressed him in his christening gown, put him at the angle that agreed with the actual picture with the priest; took several pictures until we liked his expression, and then superimposed the good one onto the actual picture.

Tricks one can play here: I have discovered two. First, have your spouse hold the baby BEHIND the screen, so the baby is the only one in the picture. She can hold the baby at whatever angle you need, and it looks like he's being held by a green blob (easily removed in PhotoShop). Second, you can use an infant seat like a Bebe or a Bumbo, especially if you have a christening gown or a blanket or a dress, which cover all parts of the seat, instead of, e.g., pants, which don't.

Finally, a tripod is a must. For my guy, I use a self-timer so that I can walk around and hold his gaze in a different direction than the camera lens. I set it to take about 10 pictures, and they are all unexpected so he looks natural. I can't believe that the photogs at Sears or elsewhere will spend the time to do this stuff unless you are paying them upwards of several hundred dollars (and that ain't Sears, baby).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2010
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The only con: no instructions- but easy to figure out. This is my first traveling studio- may need to buy another tripod bag for umbrella/lights be sure to keep the light bulbs in the boxes (small) shipped in if youre taking this on the road as well- lights themselves are pretty bright- but you can change that- beautiful and easy set up- backdrops are see through a bit but washable (a studioplus!)
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