Help me choose continuous lighting! JTL Superlight or Fancierstudio
Since you are shooting bicycles getting good spectral highlights is important while subject movement isn't a problem. Continuous lights, not strobes, is the right choice for you. Using continuous lighting will let you adjust the positions of the lights to give you the lighting you want - what you see through the camera viewfinder will be what you get.
You don't need high powered lights either as long as you can keep the ambient lighting low or eliminate it. Just put your camera on a tripod, use the self timer to prevent camera shake, and then using a long shutter speed isn't a problem.
For long smooth highlights along the tubes or finders of the bike you need a large light source. The Cowboy Studio lights tex recommends are what I would chose because they are fairly large (22") rectangular light sources and most likely better quality than the CFL kit.
Even better would be larger light sources. One way to get that is to use some thin translucent white Dacron or nylon fabric stretched over a frame in front of the lights. The frame can be nothing more than PVC pipe. How big the diffuse light source is depends on how big the frame is and how far the light is from the stretched fabric. Make at least a 3'x4' frame.
Another way is to make your own larger fluorescent lights. Here are some videos on how to do this. Be sure to watch all three since there are good ideas in all three. Using the T8 bulbs from the third video is very important since they are much better for photography than the older bulbs.
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