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Lighting / Studio light for model and products
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:06:06 AM »
Dear photography-enthousiasts,

I have a studio lighting question. Together with two friends I own a small clothing/lifestyle webshop. For our product and modelphotography we’ve been blessed that we can borrow a full studio set from a fellow photographer (of which I don’t the brand atm) .
Now we’ve been growing steadily, we’re looking for the option to buy our own little set. Mainly because it’s just very unpractical to use his set everytime we need to photograph something. His own set is a bit of a overkill imo, cause I usually don’t set the flash to its full potential. Want I wanted to ask here, is with what kind of budget one could arrange the following shots.
So, for the model shots, it was just 1 large (about little smaller than 5ft by 3ft) softbox and a silver reflector on the model right side.



The productshots are bit more complex, a 3 light setup (1 small softbox, a snoot and a background light) on a producttable.



I’m still pretty new to studiophotography and I find it difficult to get a good grasp on the vast array of studiosets that there out there. I think we can achieve the model and productshots with a less expensive set. I always get the feeling that it’s always a bit of an overkill like I said!
So, we need to be able to get a full body shot and perhaps to be cooled with a motor, because we take hundreds of shots with every shoot.
I know it’s a bit too much to ask if anyone could point me towards the right direction, but at what price range should we think when we want to accomplish such shots?
Much obliged!

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Hello everyone,

First post here, even though I visit the the site and forum daily. But there comes a time where one just need some specific advice, as I haven't found an answer to my questions.
My parents gave me a canon 6d for my masters graduation (I'm still humbled by there generosity!), which was a big step up from my 400d. Full frame, I love it :). Besides that I own a 50mm 1.8 and a Tamron 28-75 2.8.
The work I have planned for my set is the basis of my unanswered inquiry. For I plan to use both still and video mode at the same level.
Together with 2 friends I own an online webshop for premium menswear (www.huntingensemble.com). All productshots shall come from my 6d. But we'll also use it to make our own video's; short but highly edited clips that represent the coming collection.  Beside our webshop I’ll be trying to make video’s in any shape of form (musicvideo, company video’s, etc.) and want to delve deeper in portrait photography.

Long story, but here's my crux. I sort of fell I love with the images of the Rokinon 35mm. Tack sharp with, for me, great color and contrast. And, most importantly, at my max price rang. 600 euro's for me is the ultra maximum.
However, it lacks AF. And I just don't know how that'll affect our productshoots. I just don't have enough experience with studioshoots and even less with MF only lenses. From my own rationality I deducted that lack of AF in our current studio setting may not be so big a disaster as I first thought. Though time is of the essence, because we have tons of items to shoot, I will only be standing from two designated distances from the model (one for upperbody shots and for full body shots). My question is, with an aperture of around f6 is it possible to just keep two focuspoints in check when I and the model keep the exact same distance (marked by tape on the ground)?
My second question: how does the declicked aperture ring affect still shooting? It has obvious advantages for video work, but does it influence still shooting in a negative way? Because if it does not, I would tend to favor the cine version.
My third question: does anyone perhaps have an other solution for my situation? The reason why I like the Rokinon is because it’s a perfect video lens. Smooth and large focusring with enough room to focus. I find that my Tamron and especially my Canon 50mm are just not smooth enough to work with. The new Sigma 35mm also looks great but is too expensive. The 50mm 1.4 isn’t strong enough when shooting video. I don’t want to work with a zoom as I already have the Tamron, I just really like the optics of a prime.
Well, my apologies  for the not so brief post , but any advice is appreciated ;)!

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