What kind of lighting / diffusers would be good for furniture like this?

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Hi. I make furniture and want to get a little more serious about photographing & selling it. I have a Panasonic GH4 and a 20 mm F/1.7 lens and a tripod. Does anyone have any lighting / lens / equipment recommendations for me? I'll attach a picture of a wooden stool I made and another couple of professional images I like the look of for reference. I would love my setup to have some versatility and maybe even be useful for video too. Thanks so much. alex

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Pretty much anything, really. I would use medium (24x36) softboxes, for something this size, umbrellas would work well, as would brolly-boxes. 2-3 inexpensive Flashpoint monolights from Adorama in the 250 w/s range, some stands and triggers and you're in business.
 
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Pretty much anything, really. I would use medium (24x36) softboxes, for something this size, umbrellas would work well, as would brolly-boxes. 2-3 inexpensive Flashpoint monolights from Adorama in the 250 w/s range, some stands and triggers and you're in business.

...So you think I could get photos like these:

Handcrafted Furniture By Denis Milovanov | OEN

or these from the setup you mentioned?

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Ok amazing. Thanks so much for your help. Means a lot! :)
 

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Photos like these Handcrafted Furniture By Denis Milovanov | OEN

could be shot using a 30 x 40 inch window screen frame covered with tracing paper or a couple thicknesses of frosted mylar fabric or Tuff-Spun, and one, 150 Watt-second studio type electronic flash unit, shot through the diffusion panel. THESE use a single, decently soft light source, and it looks like no fill lighting.

This is rugged,simple handcrafted wood furniture, and it could be lighted with just ONE light source. You could make the modifier with PVC pipe, and thin, semi-transluscent white sewing store fabric, like white rip-stop nylon, clipped to the PVC frame. The stand could be propped in place, or held in place with a second foot-piece, or propped up next to a tall stool,etc. The monolight could be fired through the diuffusing fabric, by having the flash held up on a light stand at the desired height, and at the desired distance from the diffusing screen. This was once referred to as "scrim lighting", and it is very versatile.
 
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Photos like these Handcrafted Furniture By Denis Milovanov | OEN

could be shot using a 30 x 40 inch window screen frame covered with tracing paper or a couple thicknesses of frosted mylar fabric or Tuff-Spun, and one, 150 Watt-second studio type electronic flash unit, shot through the diffusion panel. THESE use a single, decently soft light source, and it looks like no fill lighting.

This is rugged,simple handcrafted wood furniture, and it could be lighted with just ONE light source. You could make the modifier with PVC pipe, and thin, semi-transluscent white sewing store fabric, like white rip-stop nylon, clipped to the PVC frame. The stand could be propped in place, or held in place with a second foot-piece, or propped up next to a tall stool,etc. The monolight could be fired through the diuffusing fabric, by having the flash held up on a light stand at the desired height, and at the desired distance from the diffusing screen. This was once referred to as "scrim lighting", and it is very versatile.

Thank you so much. This is really fantastic advice. I'm may just to build a 'scrim' I think... :)
 

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