Cheap 3pc Lighting Kit Photography Samples

Just got an email this morning again asking about how I like the Cheap 3pc Lighting kit that I talked about a short while back. For the price of a single 500 LED light, you can get this set of three - all dimmable with diffusers. There's pros and cons to all lighting, this is a cheap entry level set but very flexible to integrate into any project. Since then there's been many questions about how well they work, and people wanting to see more examples. So i've been trying to show a few things that i've used them for when possible.
First I showed a video where I used it during a Zoom H1 vs. Tascam showdown here: http://cheesycam.com/tascam-vs-zoom-h1-audio-samples/
I think I also showed the kit in use during an EA Sports interview about the new Need for Speed game here: http://cheesycam.com/need-for-speed-hot-pursuit-bts-interview/

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Cheap 3pc Lighting Kit on set with Linda Le

Here's another lighting sample just shot last night in the studio. With just continuous lighting (no strobes) I was able to grab a few Photos for some BTS footage. Last night we worked with the fun and lovely Linda Le in which she'll be featured in a video / photo / interview profile. If you're a Comic Con type fan, I believe the anime inspired costuming is known as 'Cosplay'? I'll show you guys that stuff later, because I know we're all more interested in the Equipment, rather than photos and videos of random beautiful women.

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Green Screen area

We made quite a mess of things with backdrop stands setup, several different lighting sets, a green screen area, and more. When using the 3pcs Lighting Kit off on one end of the studio I grabbed the Canon 60D with Canon 85mm F/1.2 to take a few snaps. No flashes here, just all ambient from the lighting kit. There were just two additional lights for the colored gels behind. Just goes to show it's not just for video use, but can be effective in a bit of fun photography as well. The kit comes with 3 Lights, 2 Softboxes, 3 Light Stands, 1 barn door, a travel case, all with dimmer switches. For small projects, it's a great cheap set that gives you a little bit more creativity to your projects found here: http://cheesycam.com/new-800w-barndoor-softboxes-3pcs-lighting/

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Photos taken with lighting from cheap 3pc Lighting Kit
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find-price-button 3pc 2400w Dimmable Video Lighting Kit Softboxes

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find-price-button 2400 watt 3 lights Continuous Video Light Kit

Kit + Green Screen
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find-price-button 2400w Green Screen 10 x 12 ft Lighting Kit

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52 thoughts on “Cheap 3pc Lighting Kit Photography Samples

  1. SClaybrook

    I purchased these from Konova and just received them (I paid more than the links listed). Right out of the box, all three lit up the halogen bulb then they died - no dice. Cannot get any of them to work.

    They have a native Korean plug on them which requires me to use an adapter. Does anyone know if there could have been an issue with my adapter / voltage change that may have blown the bulbs?

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

  2. Wayne

    Sadly, these have been a big bust for me. I bought the kit, and right out of the box only two were working. After my first shoot, only one worked. I attempted to contact the seller multiple times with no luck. I determined that the switch/dimmer assembly was bad. I attempted to replace it with a household rheostat, with no luck, which means there must be more failures up the chain. So I'm stuck with a single fixture that I'm convinced will die at any moment.

    Oh, and the softboxes are a terrible design - especially if you've ever worked with Chimeras. I would advise everyone to steer clear of this kit and hit the casinos instead. At least there's a chance you'll get your money back at the tables...

  3. Emm

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    @allen - I believe these are still considered Redheads, and this particular kit comes with softboxes.

  4. Emm

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    @Princeton - In a large reception area these would add some decent lighting, but in a smaller hotel room (bride groom getting ready) they wouldn't match daylight without gels, and would generate some heat. Also breaking down the softboxes takes a few minutes. I've often used just smaller LED video lights to add fill in hotel rooms.

  5. Hey Emm,

    Same here.....I'm looking for some lighting kits for weddings as well. If not this one is there another one you would recommend to light up a evening event foe weddings?

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  7. Emm

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    @Mona - If you've got enough assistants, I don't see why you couldn't bring it with you. They are powerful enough to throw some light into a room, but the softboxes would be a pain to setup and breakdown. Might just use them bare on some very tall light stands and heavy sand bags.

  8. Mona

    How practical would these lights be at a wedding reception? I would like to use them to light up the floor during the bouquet toss, garter toss and also shine a light on the head table.

  9. Can anyone tell me how the process of setting these softboxes is? I don't imagine that they're the quick-collapse Lowell style, but how much of a pain is it to take them apart and put them back together again to fit in the carrying bag?

    Also, I should note that I called the ePhotoInc phone number and the guy was very friendly. He said that he could sell me some more barn doors separately for $25 each, though he doesn't list them on the website. Phone orders seem pretty painless.

  10. Well after further testing. All the heads are working on my order, but only one out of 3 light bulb was working. And yes ephotodiscount has an excellent customer service : 2 new light bulbs are already shipped.

  11. Emm

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    I would first learn about basic HDR, it will get you further in a balanced exposure with Real Estate stuff. That's a big thing in the business right now.

  12. Peter

    Thanks for the reply. I am currently learning to use my Canon T2i and all the features it has (and pairing it with all the power that Photoshop CS5 has to offer too). I have only had the camera for about 5-6 months. Thanks for the HDR tip: have not used that and am going to research. Do you think I should just use HDR instead of worrying about purchasing lighting?

  13. Emm

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    @Peter - Yes they would help, but you should check out the HDR feature in the G12! I was just talking to a friend about that. It can help balance the shadows and the highlights all for you. HDR is a very common practice with Real Estate Pictures. They take multiple exposures and blend it into one to bring out dark shadows and bring down highlights. If you want to get more creative, you can learn throw several images into Photoshop and do HDR yourself to fine tune the image. Check it: http://cheesycam.com/canon-g12-vs-nikon-p7000-real-time-hdr-timelapse/

  14. Peter

    I am looking for some good lighting to shoot pics of interior rooms in houses (I am a Realtor). Would these lights work?

  15. Emm

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    @homing - They have good customer service. Shouldn't be a problem, except downtime on shipping.

  16. Emm

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    @homing - Whoa sorry to hear. I have 6 of them in use and other people are finding success with them too. From what seller did you get it from?

  17. Well, i've followed your advice, bought the kit.
    Pretty disspointed, only 1 out of 3 of the light head is working...

    i've contacted the seller to see what's possible to do with that...

  18. Emm

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    Same cheap 800w lights with softboxes. Used all the same lights to have a consistent color throughout and a consisten white balance.

  19. Dave

    Only latex gloves? I used a dust free cloth and only touched the edge of the bulb. Just the one of three burned out on me.

  20. Emm

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    Not sure if you guys are doing this, but never touch new bulbs with bare hands. Use latex gloves when installing. Oil from your hands can cause premature wear of the bulb. Same when changing your halogen car headlights.

  21. Dave

    Thanks J.P.
    As far as the bad reviews on Amazon. I can vouch that these lights are def. worth the price. They aren't made from the sturdiest of materials but again you have to think of the price. If you treat your equipment with care then I don't think this will even be an issue. I shot a music video with these the day after I got them and couldn't have been happier with them. The softboxes give off a really nice diffused white light. Other then the defective bulb I completely happy with these. If you aren't happy with them you can always return them through Amazon anyway.

  22. Dave

    I recieved this lighting kit the other day, boy was it fun putting the softboxes together with no instructions lol.. I really like this kit so far, but I actually have an issue though with one of the bulbs burning out on me. I guess I got a defective one. Do you have any suggestions on where to get replacements? I contacted Amazon about it and all they can do is give me a full refund for the kit which I don't want to do.

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  24. demul

    Emm,

    Any idea where I could get barn doors that fit (for the two lights come with the softbox)? I don't see barn doors offered in ePhoto's store.

  25. I wish this kit shipped to Europe... best I can find are 3 barndoor lights, but I'm looking for softboxes more than anything !

  26. Michael S.

    @Kenswift -

    I know a seller in China that I've bought quite a few lights from this summer that has these 800w lights for $59 (or best offer) +$40 shipping for the light, here is the link:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Pro-800w-Red-Head-Continuous-studio-video-light-focused-/270532224144?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3efcfa2490

    He's a great guy to deal with I bought (2) 2k, (2) 1K, (3) 650w and (2) 300w from him, all tungsten fresnel.

    Tell him Michael from Colorado sent you please 🙂

  27. Emm

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    @Kenswift - hmm never shopped around for one light, and not guaranteed the softboxes would fit. Some of these lights vary in size, not standard fittings to mount stuff.

  28. Kenswift

    Emm,
    I have two inexpensive softboxes like these but need just the light with the barn door. Any suggestions where I can get a good but cheap one?

  29. Dave

    I finally pulled the trigger on these lights. Between the interview video you posted the other day and these photos you just posted I was sold really can't beat the price for what you get. I was just about to purchase on ebay for $299 then I clicked on your Amazon link and they were $279, even better! Thanks again for all the info you provide, you should be getting commisions for all the stuff people buy because of your site lol...

  30. Emm

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    LOL, you own Alien Bees with modeling lights and you're hesitant about the price of these lights? If you break down the pieces of the kit to dollar amounts, it's not a bad price at all. Much better and more flexible than using modeling lights on strobes.

  31. i've been using the model light on my alien bees as lights for video....but i saw these a while ago and want to get them, but i'm just hesitant becuase of the price...but you would recommend them?

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