Lighting Softbox for home portraits and product photography - advice needed

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  1. almalino

    almalino TPF Noob!

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    Dear experts!

    I'm a newcommer to proper lighting for portret and product fotography. I'm thinking of setting up inexpensive but efficient lighting setup at home.

    I found this softbox at eBay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/4x36W-PHOTOGRAPHY-Stud...34.c0.m14.l1262

    It is cheap ~80$, has 700wats equvalent output and CRI of supplied bulbs is good ~90.

    Questions:
    Do you think is a good enough softbox for portraits and product fotography at home for begginers?
    How many of those I need to have a proper lighting for portraits?
    What could be the biggest disadvantages of this softbox?
    Do you have any other sugeestions?

    Thank you in advance for your opinions!
    Alexei
     
  2. SpeedTrap

    SpeedTrap TPF Noob!

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    This will work for a beginner, but you will outgrow it very quickly.
    You would be better off investing in a small strobe.
    Even a speed light would outpower that light.
     
  3. almalino

    almalino TPF Noob!

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    Thank you for good opinion! Actually, I have not investigated the market of speedlights yet. I will check them out. I feel that speedlights might be a better option for me since my appartment is small and keepeng several softboxes here would be difficult.
     
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    I highly recommend you check out strobist.com especially the Lighting 101 section.. as it is dedicated to speedlights, and how you can use them better..
     

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