Italian needs help with lighting equipment!!!
As suggested by some friends over the Fuji SLR talk forum, I'll post here and in the Pro talk my message 'cause I need your experienced and precious advice.
Here is my problem: I've the necessity to build up a decent lighting setup for commercial photography ( little/medium sized objects ) and portraiture but I haven't any experience w/ this world nor I know the most important brands on the market. I've tried to search for this kind of equipment in web sites like Calumet but I've found tons of options, pieces, codes that driven me nuts. I don't know where to begin so, after two days of research, I've decided to ask for your help 'cause I'm really in trouble. I would start w/ few basic lights ( continuous lighting ) that allow me to observe the scene while I compose it. I've also seen some ceiling mounted rails equipped w/ retractile arms and lights w/ softboxes: very practical but I guess they're made by different manufacturers so I don't know what rail mount+light+softbox to buy; the only thing that I know is that I've a budget of about € 3000.
What kind of equipment are u using to do commercial photography, especially macro of little/medium sized objects and portraiture?
Thank you VERY much for your time, guys and excuse me for my english, especially when related to photographic things that I don't know! ;-))