Lighting setup for antique rifles

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Wombat78 New Member • Posts: 2
Lighting setup for antique rifles

I'm planning to photograph a friend's collection of antique rifles. My plan is to hang the objects horizontally in front of a white backdrop, inspired by this setup:

(source: www.svartkrutt.net )

I guess what I want to do is similar to a portrait setup, but it's challenging to get the lighting right on a 2-yard-long metal and wood object. Without too much post-production I want the background to be completely white so I have to overexpose it with one or more flashes.

What lighting do you recommend for best possible result? And how should I position the light sources? Two flashes at a 45-degree angle towards the object and two against the background? Is it necessary to use lights above the object? What about reflectors?

I have two Elinchrom D-Lite 4 it studio flashes with two 65 × 65 cm (13,8 × 13,8") softboxes, but are willing to invest in more light sources.

What I want to accomplish is something like this (but with a white background):

(source: hermann-historica.de )

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