I am in police forensics. A small forensics units which is a benefit because I get to set things up how I want it rather than following a standard operating procedure. One of the tasks I have is to photograph seized evidence. I would say this might be a lot like product photography except my “products” might be a knife, gun, or some other random object. I take these photos in an area of my lab that I have specifically designed for photos. The current setup is a 6’ wide by 2’ deep countertop mounted about 20 inches off the ground. The surface and background is a white corrugated plastic sheet. My current lighting is an on camera Nikon SB5000. I shoot almost everything at f8- f11, handheld, ISO 400, flash in TTL mode with it bouncing off the ceiling. The main differemce between most product photography and what I am doing is 90% of my photos must be taken directly overhead at 90 degrees straight down with a ruler to provide context. Angles are a no no and only the occasional photo will be taken from the front with the object standing vertical. So I know others may not care but I just hate using an one camera flash. I love the freedom of just holding the camera only to take shots. I can get hold of two super cheap sb800 that work and a I have a set of radio controllers or Nikon SU800 from the R1C1 kit. I am wondering what people think of purchasing wall mounted extensions that would be place at the left and right side of the table, mount the Sb800 with one on either side covered with those cheap small speed light soft boxes you see on eBay. The 12” square ones. Lights would be above and to either side of the item I am photographing. I am curious what some might think of this setup before I pick up the equipment and if there are other suggestions. I don’t need or want the Cadillac of lighting systems. A single on camera flash does work. I am just looking for the ease of a more permenant system that is 1. Affordable because I spent my budget on some really awesome camera goodies 2. Takes into account the limited space I have (no room for large soft boxes or floor space for light stands). I also want to leave it setup all the time so small setups won’t get in my way when working in my crammed forensic lab; and 3. Will give me more freedom to just hold the camera without a flash. I do not want to use the SB5000 in the setup because that will be in my go bag. I want to have the whole setup ready to rock when I need it. Other option that I have zero experience with is LED continuous lighting. Could I used the same type of setup but with two large 500 light LED panels like you see on Amazon all the time? I don’t know the amount of light that these produce and if handholding shutter speeds will be possible when shooting at f8 and f11. One option I am not interested in is non LCD lights. I have those on my copy stand and frankly I feel like I’m roasting in an oven when I’m using them. High ISO is also not an option. I take all normal photos at 400 and analytical 1:1 photos at 100. I won’t go higher than that. I hope I have been detailed but fire away if you have questions. Haven’t posted lots but have been reading the forum for years and value the opinions of others. My skills and equipment development can be attributed to the info I have here. Thanks.