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Old Jul 27, 2005, 11:44 PM   #1
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I am new to studio lighting so I would like to know what I should use to shoot toy action figures and other toys both in their package and out that vary in size.

I am shooting with a Nikon D70 w/ SB-600 Speedlight.
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Old Jul 28, 2005, 7:33 AM   #2
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If you are shooting with an SB600, that unit is not considered a studio light.

This is what a studio unit is like:

http://www.white-lightning.com/x800.html

Normally, you would use multiple units to do what you are asking.

But to answer your question: to shoot with a single flash unit will be difficult. You are going to need reflectors, so that you can bounce light into the areas of shadow created by the single unit. Sorry, but this will have to be by trial and error. At least with digital, you can shoot, check, rearrange and shoot again and again until you get it the way you want/like it.

A tent setup would be good also, especially to avoid/minimize reflections/hot spots off the subject - especially packaged items.

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Old Jul 28, 2005, 7:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I am willing to purchase whatever I need to get me going. Recommendations are welcome (brand, how many I need, etc).
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 3:47 PM   #4
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If you plan on shooting mainly the type of items you described and will be doing it for some time then I would go with a tent. You would only need one. Get one of appropriate size for your items.


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Old Nov 13, 2005, 10:19 PM   #5
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What about a softbox? Are these always on? I have stepped up to the SB800 and was wondering if I can use this if I purchase another one?
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A softbox would help, but a tent is still your best option. A tent will diffuse the lighting more evenly and nearly eliminate reflections.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 9:09 AM   #7
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Can you recommend some brands?
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 12:08 PM   #8
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I do not own one. I have used some but don't recall the brand. Theres not a whole lot to them. Here is a link to an auction store that I am bidding on items from right now. Check out one there. Click the item and look under the specifications.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PHOTO-SHOOTING-T...QQcmdZViewItem
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Photo Studio In A Box - http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs...66%3Bc13018503
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