Simple plant lighting setup.
I'm looking for advice on how best to light a single specimen plant against (or to give the impression of) a perfectly black background. I grow cacti and succulent plants and would like to build up a collection of images that I could use in advertising for my local branch of a national society.
I'm a complete novice with any kind of artificial lighting but I wondered if a 3 flash (speedlights) setup would work? 2 flashes placed front left and right and 1 flash to back light the plant (many have interesting spines or hair that would probably look good when back-lit).
Does that sound as though it would work? Also is there a lighting ratio I should aim for between the front speedlights to stop the image looking flat? Should I use any modifiers?
Ideally I want a portable setup that could be taken around to other members collections or to our show so that I can get shots if their plants also.
Thanks for your help, Mat.
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