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Bad product, details on why and what to use instead!
on September 8, 2014
Horrible! I set this up the moment I got it to test it out, I needed to get photos done for an online store and when I set it up not only did one light immediately break when I turned the switch by it blowing out the light and then one of the wires just fried but the other light within minutes of turning it on, less than 5 mins to be more specific, burned my hand badly! This is a hazard to health and wellness! the box and backgrounds were cheaply made, the backgrounds didnt even fit, they were too small so if I velcro'd the background ion, any of them the red the white or the blue they were too thin so they barely held onto the other edges of the velcro on the box and then there were the sides, there were gaps on the sides from where they dont fit and if your looking for an interesting shot where you have maybe a red back with white sides all showing in the pic on purpose it has these two gaps making it look crappy.
I returned this 2 months ago and still am battling the company for my refund, they wont give me the refund, I am giving them one more week and if no refund I will be reporting them to Amazon with a claim and never buying from them again!
For those of you out there with my same or similar to my needs here is a helpful suggestion (hopefully);
I do various photography, I do a small online store where I sell synthetic dreadlocks so I have a need to take product photography, I also do some commercial photos for local pubs where they want photos of their food and different beer. I also take photos of models wearing products or just artistic models for art photography as a hobby on the side with my nature and industrial photography. Now with all this I need a mini studio with lights for products plus a full studio with lights for modeling, Most people will get both these studios separately but I found a way to save money and get one thing that could be used as both, I purchased 2 of those octopus style cell phone tripods, and 2 NEEWER CN-216 LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Light (links to both of these are below if your wanting to consider this option for yourself) With this I also purchased a backdrop and I sometimes depending on the shoot will purchase an already made backdrop to hang up or will make one with fabric from Joanns.
I found this self-made studio is far better because the backdrop can be used for either as you can imagine but the lights, they are pretty powerful LEDs and come with a rose colored and gold colored filter so you can change the type of lighting you want, you can buy other filters if you need too. These dimmable lights are perfect because they are bright enough to be used as big lights for modeling or to take outside to get some outside nature shots int he dark but you can dim it down for products too. My whole system is that if I am doing anything indoors I use the octopus tripods but if handheld and outdoors what I got was the Neewer® 7-inch Dual Mount Bracket Arm with 2 Cold Shoe Solid Steel hotshoes to hold the lights onto the camera and be set to be above and below the camera or side by side of the lens. Its a perfect system as I have tested it out a lot and its still working great and most the time I only need one of the lights with how powerful they are. Also side note, I have dropped these lights and the mount a lot from 5-6 feet in the air (try hard never to drop anything but sometimes it happens) and they have absolutely no damage to them, the lights held up fantastically and I dropped them on hard floors or the pavement!
Here are links to all the products I suggest for this make it yourself light studios;
Neewer® 7-inch Dual Mount Bracket Arm with 2 Cold Shoe Solid Steel to mount lights to camera
NEEWER CN-216 LED Lights
Hope this helps someone out there! Good luck!