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again, it depends on what you want to shoot. Certainly with the short days in the northern hemisphere, sunlight is not always available, nor directed in the room where you want it. Add to that the two “golden hours” aren’t exactly friendly for work schedules…lol

A set of lights is probably more bang for the buck than any other piece of equipment, including camera bodies. They certainly won’t be obsolete anywhere near as quick!

Softboxes do exactly as their name implies, throw a soft light on the subject which often costs depth and detail. For people, that can mean flat, wide faces when lit from the front with a softbox. I’ve never heard anyone ask to have their face look flatter and wider…lol

Anyway, many variables based on what you want to shoot. The umbrellas and sofboxes are minor costs in the equation anyway, so might as well get both and a few reflectors/stands and give yourself the flexibility for many more situations.

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