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What would be the best light for portriate and product shooting inside?



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There are many different kinds of lights for different purposes.  For example, sometimes you'll want to use a flash, while at other times, a softbox with a floodlight might be more appropriate or more convenient.  You also need to pick an appropriate background.  Is there anything specific you're trying to accomplish?




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For portraiture in the studio I would go with a starter kit from Elinchrom, Profoto or Broncolor and a backround stand with some paper backgrounds and some muslins. If you need softer light than the square softboxes or umbrellas give, get an octabox for one flash. A beauty dish can be very useful too.

For larger products, good flashes are still easiest to use, but get some rasters and snoots to get a harder light for some situations.

For tabletop product shoots, continuous lighting is easiest, as it can be difficult to see shadows with the modelling light at a low setting.

A lot can be done the Strobist way, but the modelling light makes it easier to place studio flashes precisely.