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February 7th, 2012, 09:40 PM
fromustobaby's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I usually do natural light stuff, I have a Speedlite that bounces decently well, and I have an older Novatron strobe light setup that is incredibly bulky, but I need to get something and need some help/advice on what to get...

1. My husband has a toy website and needs to take very high quality pictures of the toys...we can use the strobe, but its a bit much to get it out every time...the Speedlite is ok, but I know that we can do better...what kind of lighting would you recommend for it to take the best quality pics...

2. He wants a very white background (these are smaller toys)...what would be the best background for these (currently, we have no backgrounds except for a white piece of posterboard)?

3. I'd also like to use whatever we get for our baby that is coming in May...so we would want something big enough (the background) to do a baby setup also...

Thanks for any advice that you can offer...

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February 7th, 2012, 09:53 PM
MrsLMB's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I would get a light tent and see what you can do from there. The strobe and speedlight could be all you need if you use the speedlight off camera.

Here is an example of a light tent.
Amazon.com: XPRO 36"x36" Studio Photography Light Tent - Dome - Cube - Box: Camera & Photo

ETA: shop around for light tents, there are a bazillion out there. You can even find sites to show you how to make your own at home.

Also, you could just get another speedlight if you need something more portable. I think an extra speedlight would be perfect in this situation.

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Last edited by MrsLMB; February 7th, 2012 at 09:55 PM.
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February 9th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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I agree with the light tent idea.
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