Impact Posing Stool Review

This is a quick review of the Impact Posing Stool, used in studio environments for seating clients and models to photograph headshots or half-body portraits. When photographing subjects in a studio, especially when doing corporate photography, a simple posing stool is often required. Regular chairs have backs and arms that are problematic for half-body shots, while bar stools can be too high and inconvenient to use, so an adjustable posing stool is ideal in such situations. While there are plenty of adjustable stools available from various manufacturers, most of them are quite expensive. The Impact Posing Stool accomplishes the same task, but at a much more affordable price.

Impact Posing Stool

1) Product Specifications and Features

  1. Pneumatic control lever, adjusts seat from 20-30″ high.
  2. Padded vinyl seat cover
  3. Chrome plated cylinder
  4. Strong high impact nylon base for stability
  5. Seat: 14″ (36cm) diameter
  6. Base: 25″ (63cm) diameter
  7. Height: 20-30″ (51-76cm)

2) Assembly and Use

The unit came in a single box comprised of three parts: the seat, the base and the pneumatic cylinder that connects the seat to the base. Assembling the stool literally took me less than 30 seconds – I just had to pull everything out of the box / plastic bags and connect the three parts together. The process was self-explanatory and I did not need any instructions. Once I assembled the stool, I then noticed the instruction card on the floor. Interestingly, it showed a detailed assembly of the chair, which was clearly not necessary:

Impact Posing Stool Setup

NIKON D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm, ISO 400, 1/60, f/9.0

The top part was already done (seat cushion, mounting plate with screws) and the bottom part already had the feet attached. Not sure why they have these instructions, since most of the steps were already taken care of.

The Impact posing stool is lightweight, durable and does a great job at comfortably seating people for studio and indoors shots. Its air-cushioned mechanism works well for adjusting for different heights, although I found it to sag a little with heavier clients, when fully elevated. It does not take up much space for transportation, so Lola and I always take it with us when photographing clients in a remote location.

Some image samples when using the posing stool:

Corporate Headshot

NIKON D3S + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/8.0

Single light with large reflector close

NIKON D3S + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/2.8

3) Pricing and Where to Buy

The Impact Posing Stool is priced at $58.95 and is available at B&H Photo Video.

Impact Posing Stool
  • Build Quality
  • Handling
  • Value
  • Size and Weight
  • Packaging and Manual

Photography Life Overall Rating



  1. 1) Bryan
    January 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    an essential piece of kit it would seam

  2. 2) Manuel
    January 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Dear Nasim,

    reviews like this are most valuable, thank you.

    Best regards,

  3. 3) anu
    March 30, 2012 at 1:43 am

    i need the total cost

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