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| p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Looking for advice on lighting a small studio set up for a company |
When you say "a small space to use" do you mean a 7X7 area in a larger space, or do you mean an enclosed room that's only 7X7? If it's the latter, that's a really small space; you're going to have a hard time getting good shots of beer-case sized packaging considering lens choice, camera angles, etc. If that's all you've got, though, then it is what it is, so...
My suggestion, if it's an enclosed space, is to paint the walls white and use a single continuous-light fixture, probably high bove the subject. It could be used with or without the reflector bowl, and possibly with a lantern-style soft box.
You can use black, gray, and silver (reflector) moveable panels just out of frame to control light ratios; simple card stock or foam core will work fine.
The background can be an "infinity cyclorama" (also called just a "cyc"), ideally built into the corner for maximum camera-to-subject distance.
You can extend the width and height of the cyc with simple materials, while the pre-fab section will elliminate the tedious construction of the sweep curves.
If you mount the camera on a sturdy tripod so you can use longish shutter speeds without camera shake being an issue, you'll be able to put use a fluorescent light array without the dangers of hot lights but with all the advantages of continuous light: WYSIWYG, simple on/off switches versus variable-power-level setting, and so on.