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| p.1 #3 · Product studio: what is needed? |
Lighting large products like furniture requires a lot of light, so strobes would be less power-intensive than hot lights. (Easier/safer to work with, too.)
A heavy-duty tripod or camera stand is a must. (Sometimes using long shutter speeds and painting the product with light will give the best results, sometimes combining multiple exposures into a single HDR image will be best, and so on.)
Four lights may not be enough; to get even lighting across a large white BG may require four or more lights just for that, plus lights for the product(s).
More-powerful lights will be better than less-powerful ones; a lot of the shots will require the lights to be back a fair distance from the products, so fall-off will be a concern, especially considering the small apertures that may be needed to keep large pieces in sharp focus from front to back.
It's really a vast topic, and too much to cover in one post.