Furniture photography -- please a complete beginner

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  1. Amberite

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    Hi,

    I am not a photographer in any respect, but I need to advise my father who has a furniture business and wants to put some pictures online for the purpose of sale. He wants to be able to take pictures of furniture which will be on a perfectly white background with (hopefully) no shadow.

    Can anyone recommend what equipment he'd need? He already has a camera, and he just needs the lighting / backdrop. His budget is $1000. I know this isn't much to work with, but any ideas what he can buy which will produce respectable images? As I said, it's only for online purposes.

    Thanks!
     
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    Hi Don!

    Thanks for the reply. As I said, I'm completely new to this so this helps me tremendously. I have two questions about your suggestion:

    1) I was under the impression that I needed "softboxes" to create even light on the furniture, but these lights look like spot lights.. Am I wrong here? Or would I need to buy some accessories for these lights?

    2) You suggest a gray paper backdrop, but they want a completely smooth white background. Is there any reason why you recommended gray?

    Thanks again Don!
     
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    Brolly's are considered the poor man's softbox, at roughly a quarter of the cost of a small softbox. You did say you were on a budget :)

    Basically they are an umbrella that will diffuse the light and they have a black fabric back to contain spill.

    Gray for a background is my personal preference, if lit correctly it will give you the effect you want. A roll is relatively inexpensive, try the white first....

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Thanks again Don! One last question: do those lights you linked come with everything I need (ie, stands, etc)? Or do I need to buy any additional accessories? Thanks again!
     
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    Hey I'm looking for lighting too. #1. How do you figure out the wattage that you need? Is it a big deal. #2. Do these work with any digital camera. I have a Pentax K20d.
     
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